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Muushka
06-21-2006, 05:12 PM
Yes! I started this thread because I have learned some great money saving tips on that show (in addition to learning to be a better cook!).

I love the host, Alton Brown. He is a hoot, fun to watch and a great teacher.

2 great tips I have learned are

1. When storing baby spinach, rinse, spin the water out, pat dry on a paper towel and roll it up and store it in Ziplock bag. Use a straw to suck out the air. I buy the huge 1.5 lb bags at Sams, and am the only one who eats it. I find that it stays fresher for a much longer time this way

2. In my laundry room (dark, dry place) I have several Vidalia onions hanging in my panty hose! Yes, put an onion in the hose, tie it off, add another, and so on. Then just hang them up and they will last for a long time. So I can buy them on sale and hose 'em!

Anyone else watch this show? Any good tips?

barkley
06-21-2006, 05:33 PM
no-but here's one i use all the time (as can be attested to by the local butcher :teeth: )-compare the ground beef or stew meat price to the prices of roast currently on sale. often times a beautiful chuck or rolled roast is priced at as much as a dollar a pound less (because you're buying a larger cut of meat)-have the butcher grind or chop the meat for you (most place do it free). i've gone so far as to have a london broil cut up fajita style (why pay $4.99 per pound when the london broil was on sale for $1.99 :crazy: ).

tinkamom
06-21-2006, 05:39 PM
Today I noticed that the salad bar at a local supermarket had a spring mix for 3.99/lb and a 7oz bag of the same mix was $3.69!

jenr812
06-22-2006, 05:45 PM
Nothing to add except that I love Alton Brown :)

Muushka
06-22-2006, 10:45 PM
Nothing to add except that I love Alton Brown :)

Finally, someone else who watches this show! I thought I was losing it! :rotfl2:

mjmcca
06-22-2006, 10:54 PM
I love him too~

cocoswife
06-22-2006, 10:58 PM
DH is Alton's #1 fan :yay:
If he walks into the kitchen while I'm cooking and add regular salt to season the meat, he would say, Alton said that you should only use kosher to season your meat.I get this Alton says all they time :rotfl2: I think Alton is the geekiest chef on tv right now. His style is unique and you do learn something useful on every show. I call the show "Good Geeks" :happytv:

mjmcca
06-22-2006, 11:05 PM
DH is Alton's #1 fan :yay:
If he walks into the kitchen while I'm cooking and add regular salt to season the meat, he would say, Alton said that you should only use kosher to season your meat.I get this Alton says all they time :rotfl2: I think Alton is the geekiest chef on tv right now. His style is unique and you do learn something useful on every show. I call the show "Good Geeks" :happytv:
Yup he is a geek and he talks about science on his show a lot too,

kaytieeldr
06-23-2006, 12:35 AM
If he walks into the kitchen while I'm cooking and add regular salt to season the meat, he would say, Alton said that you should only use kosher to season your meat.I get this Alton says all they time Next time he starts with, "Alton says", tell him Alton says HUSBANDS can cook as well - and hand him whatever utensil you're holding :teeth:

cocoswife
06-23-2006, 12:58 AM
:rotfl2:

jenr812
06-23-2006, 03:56 AM
Kinda OT but DH just got me the new GE front loading washer/dryer and when I went on the website to look at the specs and such, I found that there are cool videos with Alton describing these machines. He does it in his special style, of course, so they're fun to watch. DH thought I was loony for watching :)

laurabelle
06-23-2006, 05:47 AM
Yes! I started this thread because I have learned some great money saving tips on that show (in addition to learning to be a better cook!).

1. When storing baby spinich, rinse, spin the water out, pat dry on a paper towel and roll it up and store it in Ziplock bag. Use a straw to suck out the air. I buy the huge 1.5 lb bags at Sams, and am the only one who eats it. I find that it stays fresher for a much longer time this way

Anyone else watch this show? Any good tips?

I enjoy AB too! BTW - I do the same thing to store fresh herbs, works great!

renessa
06-23-2006, 06:51 AM
DH and I love Alton!!!
...now that's good eats!

disneysteve
06-23-2006, 08:02 AM
DW and I love the show, too. She loves when the yeast guys are on.

I haven't tried the spinach thing yet. Have to do that next time we buy a fresh bag.

mom2my3kids
06-23-2006, 08:42 AM
My son and I love this show, but my husband and daughter cant stand it.. :happytv:

mjmcca
06-23-2006, 09:21 AM
Kinda OT but DH just got me the new GE front loading washer/dryer and when I went on the website to look at the specs and such, I found that there are cool videos with Alton describing these machines. He does it in his special style, of course, so they're fun to watch. DH thought I was loony for watching :)
Sure you had to mention that and now I am on the GE site watching Alton!

jenr812
06-23-2006, 11:13 AM
Sure you had to mention that and now I am on the GE site watching Alton!
:thumbsup2 :teeth: :lmao:

daksmom11
06-23-2006, 03:19 PM
I love him he's so funny. He has a new show starting in July. :cool1:

Free4Life11
06-23-2006, 03:40 PM
Today I noticed that the salad bar at a local supermarket had a spring mix for 3.99/lb and a 7oz bag of the same mix was $3.69!

Ooh good idea. Do you think if I used the tip from the OP it would last longer? A pound of salad is a lot for one person to eat!

My biggest problem is that withing 3-4 days, some of the lelttuce gets really black and smelly! Maybe from the moisture??

arminnie
06-23-2006, 04:28 PM
Ooh good idea. Do you think if I used the tip from the OP it would last longer? A pound of salad is a lot for one person to eat!



I don't know about the tip, but all of the grocery store salad bars that I've been to let you get as much or as little as you want - so you wouldn't have to buy a whole pound at once. Of course it might only be at that price all of the time.

Free4Life11
06-23-2006, 04:42 PM
Oh duh! LOL. I recently realized that at the deli I could ask for cheese by the slice. I used to just say half a pound and then wonder why it would go moldy before I could finish it.

Good thinking!

Muushka
06-23-2006, 06:25 PM
Well my baby spinach is 1 week old today, and still very fresh!

Speaking of enjoying Alton Brown, I have caught my husband watching him. He does not cook, he just enjoys the show, even if it is about something he won't eat.

yankeepenny
06-23-2006, 06:31 PM
love alton brown! :goodvibes

arminnie
06-24-2006, 12:29 AM
Oh duh! LOL. I recently realized that at the deli I could ask for cheese by the slice. I used to just say half a pound and then wonder why it would go moldy before I could finish it.

Good thinking!

I don't think I've ever thought to request the cheese by the slice. Good tip. Thanks.

disneysteve
06-24-2006, 12:06 PM
I don't think I've ever thought to request the cheese by the slice. Good tip. Thanks.
I do that all the time with provolone cheese. I like a slice or two when I make a sandwich, but that's it. So if I'm buying turkey breast, I'll also get 4 slices of provolone. I have no use for 1/2 a pound or more.

Wegman's makes this easy as they have cheese pre-sliced. The clerk just has to peel off a couple and package them.

Ready to go in Ok
06-24-2006, 12:34 PM
:offtopic:

Ok, am I the only one who thinks Alton is hot?!? :blush:

arminnie
06-25-2006, 01:21 AM
I do that all the time with provolone cheese.

I don't think I can do that with the provolone - that's my favorite snack! ;) I can't seem to keep enough of it on hand. Since my gallbladder came out I don't deal too well with milk so I have a little more cheese.

I will do that with the other cheeses though.

flagdaytwins
06-25-2006, 10:20 AM
Another Alton fan!

Missed half his show on rice the other night -- so mad at myself!

Muushka
06-25-2006, 02:45 PM
:offtopic:

Ok, am I the only one who thinks Alton is hot?!? :blush:

Ummmm. Looks that way! But for the record, I do think he is cute :thumbsup2 .

mjmcca
06-25-2006, 05:31 PM
I just read That he fractured his clavicle in a motor cycle accident while filming a mini series for Food Network

Ready to go in Ok
06-25-2006, 06:28 PM
Ummmm. Looks that way! But for the record, I do think he is cute :thumbsup2 .


:teeth: That's ok. I have, um, ecclectic tastes.

Muushka
06-25-2006, 07:28 PM
:teeth: That's ok. I have, um, ecclectic tastes.

And a pretty good vocabulary too! ;)

Recover Alton!!