Kitchen Shortcuts

How many times have you bought fresh herbs and seen them go to waste?

I’ll take your silence as admittance that it has happen as many times to you as it has to me.

I hate wasting my time and money. In the city herbs like cilantro, rosemary and basil are expensive and you have to make special trips to different grocery stores to get everything you may need for a recipe. Also who has room to store fresh broth in your freezer? I do not! A few years ago I stumbled upon a few key kitchen staples that would change my life (yes, I know this might seem dramatic but I’m serious)

Kitchen Staples- Not So Perfect Life

Now I always have chopped chives, basil, parsley, cilantro and crushed garlic on hand.

The freeze dried chives and parsley are perfect for adding into eggs, and seasonings. They spring to life with just a little steam or olive oil. I love using them in salad dressings. So delish. Having ‘fancy” flavors around can make an everyday meal special.

Kitchen Staples- Not So Perfect Life

The frozen chopped and crushed ones work like the real deal with just a little thawing. Each cube is equal to about one teaspoon of fresh flavor.

Kitchen Staples- Not So Perfect Life

Another one of my kitchen secrets is vegetable bouillon. I used to stock up on broth but it took up so much freezer and cabinet space.  Also I found that too many vegetable broths relied on mushrooms as a base and I HATE mushrooms. This vegetable bullion is the base of every soup I make. It is a perfect substitute for the real deal.

Kitchen Staples- Not So Perfect Life

While I know having fresh herbs and broth is always the best option it is not always the practical option. I’d rather have freeze dried chives in a fresh made meal than a frozen meal any day!

Most of these items you can find at your regular grocery store or Whole Foods. The prices are low and they last for a very long time making your dollar stretch further.

What kind of kitchen shortcuts do you use?

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Pseudo athlete and vegan, learning to love all the imperfections in life. Follow me in my journey, training for races (a half marathon in all 50 states to be exact) and my adventures in the kitchen!
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4 Responses to Kitchen Shortcuts

  1. Great tips! I hate wasting stuff. I’m all about freezing things to keep them longer. I tend to waste leftovers lately so I need to not cook as much at each meal so it doesn’t go to waste.
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  2. I always keep the Litehouse dehydrated garlic in my kitchen just incase I’m out of (or too lazy to chop) fresh garlic
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  3. I haven’t ever seen freeze dried herbs or those handy frozen ones, but now I have to keep my eyes peeled! Instead of bouillon cubes, I usually have jars of Better than Bouillon in my fridge — I’m just a little weirded out by cubes of flavor, apparently flavor goo is more appealing to me for some reason. I also have a jar of minced garlic in my fridge that I use when feeling too lazy to chop fresh.
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