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What's keeping you from composting? Is it too stinky? Does it attract fruit flies in your kitchen? Or does it just seem too difficult to bother with? Whatever your excuse is, these tips will help dispel your fears or bad experiences with composting so you can feel good about filling the green bin.
- Get rid of the stink and flies: While there are some airtight compost bins with charcoal lids that help prevent smells from getting out, here's a guaranteed stink-proof method. Place all the food scraps in a compostable green bag and store it in the freezer until the bag is full.
- Stop trashing your food: The compost bin can be the new home of all of your food scraps including vegetables, eggshells, coffee grinds, meat, bones, and leftover cooked food. Just remember to remove any stickers, plastic, or foil from the food.
- Toss the packaging: If it's made of wood, paper, or compostable plastic, then it belongs in the compost bin. If it came from the ground, it's compostable, so even greasy pizza boxes can go in there. (Plastics labeled "biodegradable" are not compostable.)
- Research where you can compost: If you have access to a backyard, set up your own composter or reach out to the city for a green compost collection bin. If you live in a large city, see if your apartment building has a green bin or ask your landlord to request one. Otherwise, most farmers markets will have a compost drop-off for you to contribute to each week.
- See the amazing results: If you compost and recycle regularly, you'll soon notice that you barely have any trash — I toss one bag of trash a week, if not once a month. Thanks to composting, the days of stinky trash are gone, as my trash bin only holds nonrecyclable packaging, plastic wrappers, and bags.
What are your tips for smarter composting?
Throughout middle and high school, I practically subsisted on Nature Valley's crisp and crunchy Oats 'n Honey granola bars. To this day, a mere glimpse of the bold green wrapper gets my stomach grumbling. So when I stumbled upon a recipe hack for the snacktime staple, I knew I had to try it for myself.
My first attempt turned out a batch that, while enticing, wasn't quite right; my roommates happily scarfed them down, but to my nostalgic palate, they were slightly too soft, not quite salty enough, and tasted a little raw. Thankfully, with a few tweaks — notably, toasting the oats and swapping out half the honey for brown sugar for a deeper flavor and a crisper, toastier texture — they're everything my teenage self could've wished for. Even better, they're slightly less sweet, leaving my slightly more sophisticated mid-20s persona pleased as punch as well.
Now that strawberry season has arrived, it's time to enjoy sweet and savory dishes that feature the berry front and center. With a mix of cocktails, desserts, and sides, we're highlighting some of our favorite fruity recipes — including a pizza-inspired treat. Can't wait to savor strawberries this Spring? Stock up on the delicious fruit, and then dive into these tasty recipes!
— Additional reporting by Katie Sweeney
Sometimes more really is more, as is the case with FreshTart's fully loaded, Poppycock-inspired ice cream.
Hellooo brown butter, salty caramel, and glazed almonds, spun into a popcorn-infused custard base. I'm telling you, this beauty hits all the right crunchy-creamy-salty-sweet notes.
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The standard party buffet is being cleared away in favorite of playful and creative food and drink stations, and we're not just talking about the dessert bar. Champagne, popcorn, and even potatoes are becoming popular food station options, and we're highlighting a variety of fresh ideas to help you personalize your next event.
Whether you love cheese, pie, tea, or coffee, a station that's themed around your favorite foodie picks is sure to please your guests. Wedding season comes with an abundance of brunches, showers, and parties, so before you plan your next event, get inspired by these stylish, themed food and drink stations.
In honor of Earth Day (next Monday, April 22), we want to take this week to appreciate all of the colorful, nutritious, flavorful produce that we get to enjoy. With that in mind, we scoured the shelves of our local Whole Foods Market for the most colorful ingredients, from bright red bell peppers to deep purple cabbage. We're going to be taking a look at all of the colors of the produce rainbow and chatting about our favorite ways to enjoy them. Keep checking all week long for lots of colorful culinary inspiration.
Contrary to popular belief, growing your own herbs is easy. No, really! Here are three low-maintenance, practically foolproof picks that will have you channeling your inner Martha Stewart in no time.
- Eggling Grow Kits ($10): These little ceramic eggs come preseeded with either basil, mint, or thyme. Gently crack open the top with the back of a spoon, water, and wait. Each Eggling comes with an extra seed pack, just in case the first round doesn't take, all but guaranteeing success.
- GrowBottle Hydrogarden ($35): Housed in recycled wine bottles, these organic/heirloom herb gardens come with everything you need to grow herbs hydroponically. Follow the directions and your oregano, chives, basil, parsley, or mint will sprout within two weeks. With proper care, these good-looking gardens will produce all year long.
- Misco Self Watering Pot (from $6): Available in a variety of colors and sizes, these lightweight pots are self-watering and therefore perfect for the forgetful or frequent-flier gardener. A lipped reservoir makes it easy to keep an eye on the water level and a ventilated base helps with drainage. Once you plant the herbs, these puppies will be on the plant equivalent of autopilot.