Derek Follett

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Pasta measurement trick, use half the box.

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If you dump the pasta out of the box until it fills to the bottom of the window then in most cases you’ve used about half the box. This is generally enough for the 3 of us.


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How I make my grocery lists.


I start by drawing a line down the middle of a sheet of paper. Then I crack open the cookbooks and start planning some meals for the week. As I add meals on the right I put the ingredients that I need on the list on the left. I break my list down into four categories: inside aisles, produce, outside aisles, and frozen. Then when I go to the store I skip through produce and head to the inner part of the store where the dry non-refrigerated stuff is i.e. the stuff that isn’t gonna spoil or get squished. Grocery stores put produce in the front not for convenience but because it’s “pretty” but I’m tired of squishing my tomatoes and grapes! So I hit produce second. Third, I grab the stuff that is kept around the perimeter of the store like meat and dairy, this stuff can spoil so I’m minimizing the amount of time it spends outside of the fridge. Lastly, I grab a few things from the frozen food aisle and head out. It’s nice having the list of meals with me too in case I forget just how many zucchini I was supposed to grab, etc. What do you think? How do you do it?