The Secret to Healthy Kitchen Storage

Secret to Healthy Kitchen Storage - Infinity Jars

sponsored postKeeping exotic cooking oils, spices and vinegars in the kitchen in appropriate storage containers that can protect those ingredients as well as preserve them so they are available for use as long as possible proves to be a difficult task.

I mean, if I’ve gone to all the trouble to pick out favorite seasonings and ingredients (perhaps expensive ones, at that), don’t I want to be sure to store them safely and effectively and preserve them well?

Of course! And I’ve found a fantastic resource for doing just that.

Healthy Storage for Oils, Spices, and Herbs

Infinity Jars containers are ultraviolet (a beautiful dark glass that looks sharp in any kitchen) and are the perfect healthy storage option for cooking oils, homemade salad dressings, vinegars, expensive or exotic spices, as well as freshly harvested herbs.

I tried out the 500 ml Square Glass Bottle with Oil Spout along with the 50 ml Glass Classic Screw Top Jar.

Secret to Healthy Kitchen Storage - Infinity Jars

The square glass bottle looks fabulous, has a screw-in oil spout that fits securely and is perfect for doling out just the right amount of oil into the pan when needed (without dripping or making a mess)

It also comes with a screw cap for storage when the spout is not in use (easy to store it either way – I’ve left the spout in it on the counter since I use the oil in that bottle almost every day).

Secret to Healthy Kitchen Storage - Infinity Spout Jar drizzling olive oil

I have a very small AeroGarden herb garden that I started after the holidays, and harvest little bits of basil, dill and parsley as the plants grow; usually it’s just enough to use in the dish I’m making that day, but I didn’t have a good way to preserve the herbs when I needed to harvest some off the plant but wasn’t quite ready to use it.

The small screw top jar is just the right size and venue for storing my extra basil leaves (which is the plant growing the fastest at the moment) until I’m ready to use them.

Secret to Healthy Kitchen Storage - Infinity Jars with Basil

Best Features of these Healthy Storage Jars

They are airtight, leakproof and lightproof.

My fresh herbs stayed fresh for over two weeks without any other treatment besides placing in the container (otherwise, they are wilted and practically dried up within 24 hours).

The ultraviolet glass keep the ingredient from losing its flavor or scent.

The bottles and jars are dishwasher safe (though the pouring spout needs to be washed and dried – immediately – by hand; being sure to wait until the spout is completely dry before using it again).

They came with two label stickers each, so I can easily label the container (and change the label as needed since more labels can be purchased).  This is perfect because the dark containers are pretty much impossible to see through, so you would always be guessing the ingredients otherwise – ha!

They look so nice on the counter.

The Science Behind the Storage Jars

The science behind how the jars work is fascinating, and test results show how they kept chives fresh and green for two months or kept a small tomato red and vibrant for seven months! It’s pretty amazing to see the difference this kind of healthy storage makes.

If you are looking for a convenient, stylish, healthy way to store your fresh ingredients, you can’t go wrong with these amazing jars, bottles and containers.

They also carry short and tall screw top jars, cosmetic bottles such as roller and dropper bottles, multiple size bottles with spouts, and apothecary jars (perfect for storing essential oils, homemade lotions or salves, etc.).

Healthy Kitchen Storage - Infinity Jars

Their variety packs are the best way to get the most bang for your buck and offer a great way to try out multiple items.

Do you have favorite healthy kitchen storage tips to share?  Please leave us a comment below with your suggestions and ideas.

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Mardi Gras Recipes Not to Miss

mardi gras recipes and mask, king cakeThere are so many fun things to enjoy about Mardi Gras – dressing up, masks, beads, parades, but most of all … (in my opinion), the great New Orleans’ food that can’t be beat.

Whether you’re planning a Mardi Gras party or simply enjoying some fun family time, consider a few simple decorations to get everyone in the party spirit.

These DIY Mardi Gras Masks from Aida Mollenkamp are cute and easy – a simple way to “jazz” up the evening!

Mardi Gras Mask DIY

Now to get on with some dinner and dessert ideas for your Mardi Gras party or meal.

There are so many great New Orleans recipes, it was hard for me to narrow down this list to just a few options!

Creole Seafood Gumbo

Scrumptious gumbo with andouille sausage, ham, crab meat, oysters, and shrimp in a brown sauce; perfect served with a little brown rice.

creole seafood gumbo, New Orleans, recipe

Red Beans and Rice

Simmer red beans with onion, garlic, and seasonings (and some ham or sausage, if you like), and serve with brown rice or some fried potatoes.

Red Beans and Rice recipe, Cajun

Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

Andouille sausage and chicken cooked in a creamy cajun sauce with pasta (feel free to add some shrimp at the last minute, if you like).

Cajun Jambalaya Pasta recipe with sausage and chicken

Mardi Gras King Cake

Jellyroll type cake layered with cinnamon and sugar, topped with a glaze and pretty colored sugar for a festive look.

mardi gras king cake recipe

Chicken Muffuletta Sandwiches

Homemade olive tapenade makes these chicken sandwiches absolutely delicious.

chicken muffuletta sandwiches recipe

Shrimp Etouffe

Shrimp is dished up in a spicy seasoned tomato sauce and served traditionally over white rice.

shrimp etouffe, shrimp recipe

Tilapia Po’ Boy

Serve up some Cajun spiced skillet-fried tilapia fillets on a sandwich roll with pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and onion.

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Chicken Cakes with Remoulade Sauce

Spicy Cajun chicken patties with peppers and onions served up with a homemade Remoulade sauce.  Delicious with a big salad.

chicken cakes with remoulade sauce recipe

 

Does your family have Mardi Gras food or celebration traditions?  Do you have other recipe suggestions you would make for Mardi Gras?  We love hearing your thoughts and suggestions and look forward to seeing your comments below.

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5 Easy Dinner Ideas for Your Busy Day

5 Easy Dinner Ideas for Your Busy Day

A neighbor who has been going through a tough time recently inquired about some easy, quick easy dinner ideas for those rough days when she hasn’t thought ahead about what to prepare for dinner.  At my house, those meals tend to be an easy Mexican (tacos, burritos, taco salad) or Italian (spaghetti) or grilling dish.

However, her family wasn’t as fond of the Mexican dishes – so I thought it would be a great idea to share some other easy dinner ideas, in case you have one of those nights when you didn’t plan for dinner (or had a plan and don’t want to follow it).

These 5 meals are quick, simple, generally use ingredients you are likely to have on hand, and will provide the whole family with an enjoyable meal around the dinner table (instead of requiring a trip through the drive-thru).

ham and egg fried rice recipeHam and Egg Fried Rice

This super easy dish is made with rice (leftover rice works well, too),  eggs, frozen peas and carrots, chopped ham, and seasonings.  It’s ready in about 30 minutes or so, and doesn’t require much prep (unless you need to cook the rice first – but using quick rice makes this easy, too).

 

crispy fish sandwich with pineapple slaw

Crispy Fish Sandwich with Pineapple Slaw

Cornmeal-crusted cod portions are cooked in the skillet with Cajun seasoning, and served on whole wheat bread with a homemade pineapple coleslaw (coleslaw mix with pineapple chunks and dressing) for a quick delicious and healthy meal the whole family can enjoy.

 

Chicken Curry

Basil Coconut Curry Chicken

Diced chicken pieces seasoned with curry and chili powder cooked with onion, garlic and peppers in coconut milk sauce, served over rice or farro.  Be sure to dice the chicken first and let it sit in the seasonings at room temp for about 30 minutes (while starting the rest of the dish) for best flavor.

 

sausage and sauerkraut one skillet recipe

Sausage and Sauerkraut

This one-skillet-meal made with sausage, potatoes, onion and sauerkraut is a crowd pleaser and only takes about 30 minutes to have ready to set on the table for dinner.

 

parmigiana chicken foil packets recipe

Parmigiana Chicken Packets

Make individual foil packets each filled with a chicken breast half topped with sliced zucchini, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.  Fold up the packets and bake (20+ minutes) or grill (12+ minutes) for a quick, easy dinner.

So, what do you think?  Are these quick, easy meals some options that you will try in the next week or two?  Do you have other dishes that are your go-to recipes for easy meals after a busy day? We’d love to hear your suggestions!

 

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Easy Steps to Making Sourdough Bread {Infographic}

 

 

Hot, yummy sourdough bread is so amazingly good!  Some people find it hard to imagine that making it could be broken down into simple steps – since the whole idea of having some sort of “starter” for the dough and maintaining it sounds a little bit like too much work.

We always enjoy having sourdough bread in San Francisco and it’s such a delicious treat with a bowl of soup or sliced up for comfort-food sandwiches any day of the week.

These great tips and simple steps outline how you can set up a routine to consistently make and enjoy your own sourdough bread.

P.S. While it is recommended to bake the bread in a Dutch Oven or a round covered stoneware baking dish (La Cloche), if you don’t have one of those, simply shape the loaves into ovals and bake (see more details below infographic).

 


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If you don’t have a Dutch oven, shape the loaves into ovals and place on a lightly greased or parchment paper covered baking sheet.  Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes.