5 Kitchen Tools That Will Save You Money
How it'll save you: If you buy a half-pound block of, say, imported Parmigiano-Reggiano, aged two years (about $9), it'll keep in your fridge for up to three months, and you can grate however much you want as you need it. (Bonus: You'll score points in the authenticity department, since we've yet to meet an Italian who doesn't sprinkle his or her pasta with just-grated cheese.)
How they'll save you: You won't hesitate to take on the whole bird if you have shears. Their tapered, serrated blades will make you feel like an accomplished surgeon when trimming, cutting and dividing any type of poultry, from chicken to turkey. Plus, you can make stock with the unused parts, such as the backbone.
How it'll save you:They're outfitted with nozzles that carefully control the flow of liquid, so you can drizzle the "sunlight in a bottle" on salads and other dishes, or easily use exact amounts, minimizing overpouring and drips. The other reason these bottles are economical: You can purchase olive oil in a large tin can (a 3-liter container can cost around $56, so you pay about 55 cents an ounce, versus, say, a 17-ounce glass bottle that costs $13.50, which comes out to 80 cents an ounce). Then, decant the oil into your dispenser as needed. Just store it in a cabinet to keep it away from sunlight.
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How it'll save you: There won't be nearly as much waste as there is when you attempt the job with a knife. You insert a shaft into the top of a trimmed pineapple, press down lightly and twist; the flesh will come right out of the peel, and then you can slide the dicer down the stack of rings (or leave them whole).
How it'll save you: Beyond canning and storing food, these containers are ideal for making and storing your own salad dressing. Load the ingredients in, screw the lid on and shake; when you've used it all up, the oil-slicked glass jar is much easier to clean and reuse than a plastic container would be, and you'll have spent much less to dress your salad than you would have if you'd gone the premade route. Plus, they're also great for whipping warm milk for a homemade latte, so you can make a $4 coffee for a fraction of the cost.