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Thrifty Tip Tuesday: Sheet Pan Pizza

There are two things in life that I can honestly say I could eat endlessly: pizza and chinese. I’m not ashamed to say it because even though I like to cook with a lot of local, organic produce, it does not by any means mean that I don’t enjoy a sesame chicken combination plate and pepperoni slice from time to time. To be completely honest, I probably get pizza or chinese at least once a week. There, you now know my dirty little secret.

Chinese is too hard to cook at home, contains too many ingredients, and just never tastes as good as the divey  corner place (Flower Drum House, represent). Pizza, on the other hand, is a really simple way to cook with good ingredients, save a couple bucks, AND make something that tastes better than most pizza you can get in your neighborhood. Unless of course you live next to DiFara in Brooklyn, in which case you can stop reading this post and go grab a pie.

The best part about making pizza at home is that you don’t need any fancy pizza making tools, cooking stones, or wood burning ovens–all you need is a sheet pan.

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Thirfty Tip Tuesday: Super Flaky Pie Crust

photo credit: wellpreserved.ca

Today’s Thrifty Tip comes from one of my favorite blogs, Well Preserved. If you haven’t heard of it before, take a look. It’s absolutely fantastic. Dana and Joel have built quite the impressive urban homesteader archive, and I look forward to each and every new post.

If you’ve been following the Handjobs (For the Home) on Facebook, you may have noticed this tip yesterday, but I’m going to write about it again because I’m so in love with it.

You see, pie crust doesn’t have to cost upwards of $4 for an unimpressive, too crumbly, store bought rendition. If you have the right ingredients on hand, it doesn’t have to cost you anything at all. And it tastes oh so much better. But it’s important to take all the necessary steps to achieve that brown, buttery, flaky, goodness that is the perfect pie crust. The secret key? Really cold butter.

Well Preserved came up with the most awesome idea, which is to use frozen butter sticks and grate them on a box grater. Not only does this keep the butter cold, but it also helps to evenly distribute it throughout the pie crust. Such a great idea!

To read the full post and get the recipe, head over to Well Preserved right now!

If you have a Thrifty Tip you’d like to share on the blog, e-mail me at Handjobsforthehome@gmail.com

Thrifty Tip Tuesday: DIY Produce Wash

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My CSA share is getting bigger and bigger by the week, which means lots and lots of produce washing. It’s funny, you’d think that straight from the farm would mean less cleaning, since everything’s local, organic, blah blah blah. But that’s really not the case. I find more dirt and critters in my CSA fruits and vegetables than I’ve ever seen in any produce at the grocery store. You don’t even want to know what I found in one of my peaches this past week… seriously.

Dirty veggies are totally fine, though, because it means that the produce is super fresh, and that the spider growing inside my peach (told you you didn’t want to know) wasn’t killed from pesticides. I can deal with the occasional bug if it means that I’m ultimately getting uncontaminated produce.

However, the task of cleaning vegetables can be a pain at times. So to make it easier, I decided to make my own produce wash out of some everyday kitchen products. Pick up a new, clean spray bottle (I got mine at the dollar store), fill it up with the mixture below, and keep it on your counter for squeaky clean vegetables every day.

What You’ll Need:

1 C. Water
3/4 C. Distilled white vinegar
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Place all your ingredients into a spray bottle and shake it up until well combined. Spray your produce and let it hang out for about 5-10 minutes. Then rinse everything under room temperature water.

Simple and cost effective!

Quick little FYI: Don’t use this sort of produce wash on fruits like berries—it will get into the fruit and make it funky tasting. But go wild on stone fruits, apples, etc.

Thrifty Tip Tuesday: Keeping Flowers

At first glance, this week’s thifty tip doesn’t seem all that thrifty at all. It’s purchasing fresh flowers on a weekly basis. Now when I say flowers, I don’t mean a fussily arranged $20 bouquet. No, a $5 bundle will do you just fine.

Having something green in your home not only helps contribute to cleaner oxygen, it also makes for a cozier home. You might think that buying a $5 bouquet won’t make much of a difference but it really does. And if you follow these few quick and easy tips, you can make them last all week long (and then some)!

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Thrifty Tip Tuesday: Harvesting Green Onions

Green onions are such a fabulous little veggie. They can give any dish both some crunch and some bite. One of my favorite ways to use these little cuties is to toss them in a chicken marinade for grilling. It adds that extra little bit of oomph, without giving the chicken an overpowering onion-y flavor. They are also great on home fries, or on a baked potato with some sour cream.

That said, this week’s Thrifty Tip Tuesday is brought to you by fellow blogger Amanda Richards over at High Prairie Homestead. She makes harvesting already used green onions at home easier, and more frugal, than you could ever imagine.

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Thrifty Tip Tuesday: Freezing Lemons

I’m starting a new segment here at Handjobs (For the Home) and it’s called Thrifty Tip Tuesday. Every Tuesday I will post a homesteading tip for all you readers, whether it be kitchen or household related. Additionally, if you have a thrifty tip you’d like to share, please e-mail me at handjobsforthehome@gmail.com for your tip to be featured on the blog. I’d especially like to hear some good tips relating to frugality, kitchen tips and tricks, cleaning ideas, or simple DIY projects.

It should be a lot of fun to see what everyone has to share, and it will also give us all a chance to interact with one another. So don’t be bashful, and shoot me an email with your Thrifty Tips. Or if you just want to chat, I’m down for that as well. I love hearing from fellow homesteaders.

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