Category: Food & Drink

Reusing Pickling Marinades

By , January 6, 2020

We closed our Christmas season yesterday, but one aspect of it lingers: pickling marinades.

Pickled vegetables comprise the majority of our stocking stuffers each year. We love pickled peppers, and Michelle and Aly enjoy stuffed olives. We eat these throughout the holiday season, so by the end of the celebration, we have a lot of jars sitting around without contents, other than the leftover marinades.

We, like many frugal people, sometimes put new foods into these marinades. Boiled eggs if they can fit, or small onions—or in our case, any small produce, like little carrots from bed culling. Leave them in there for a while, and they “pickle” in the juice.

More and more often, Michelle has taken to poaching eggs in the marinades for breakfast.

poached egg

A pickling marinade-poached egg on a bed of sauteed vegetables (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Steaming Dried Baked Goods

By , December 19, 2019

The other day, while preparing to bake some cornbread, I peeked in the oven to make sure there was nothing in there before I preheated it. I found forgotten treasure: some scones Michelle had made a week before!

We welcomed the unexpected bounty of the next morning’s breakfast suddenly arranged, but soon realized that the scones had dried out considerably as they sat, neglected, in the oven.

No problem. Michelle took care of it with this simple process, a variation on the steaming we do instead of microwaving when we want a fast, hot meal without drying it out (see Fast Cooking: Steam Vs. Microwave):

The inside of the pan arranged (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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