Keeping my fridge packed with good-for-you fruits and veggies is high on my priority list. But with a busy schedule and a house of finicky eaters, my produce has a habit of spoiling in the crisper before my family eats it. I’m always on the hunt for kitchen gadgets and storage containers to prolong my food’s shelf-life.
That’s why I was thrilled to try Bluapple, a cute refrigerator add with over 6,000 Amazon reviews and a 4.3-star rating. I was shocked at how much longer my nectarines and strawberries lasted just from tossing it in the refrigerator door! Here’s everything you need to know about Bluapple.
What Is Bluapple?
The adorably-packaged Bluapple is billed as a produce-prolonging miracle. It’s an apple-shaped container with packet inserts that absorb ethylene gas from the air surrounding your fruits and veggies. Ethylene gas is a naturally-occurring gas that produce gives off as it ripens, ultimately causing foods like lettuce, berries and cucumbers to spoil early. And even if you store delicate fruits and veggies in nifty containers like an avocado keeper or a produce keeper, keeping ethylene gas at bay is a delicate dance.
A Bluapple kit comes with disposable packets that fit into the palm-sized container, acting as an ethylene-fighting powerhouse as it absorbs gas—thus giving produce extra weeks of shelf life. Each packet lasts for up to three months and can be refilled at any time. The packets are compost-friendly, making it a zero-waste product you can feel good about using.
How We Tested It
A Bluapple kit includes two plastic apple-shaped containers and refill packets. After scouring the reviews, I discovered people were just as happy using the refill packets on their own. I decided to give this frugal method a try and was impressed with the results—even if it was slightly less adorable.
To give it an initial test, I placed a Bluapple refill packet next to my baking soda fridge deodorizer that I keep on a lower door shelf next to my Whole30 salad dressings and condiments. When the door of my refrigerator closes, it aligns perfectly with the crisper where my stone fruits and veggies live. Stone fruit like peaches, plums and nectarines are major ethylene gas-producers. I wanted the Bluapple packets within inches of my treasured nectarines in hopes of them remaining firm and juicy. Then I put a box of ethylene-sensitive strawberries on the same shelf and committed to not eating them for several days to see how my experiment panned out.
In eight days, I ate my way through 14 fresh and juicy stone fruits (thank you Bluapple!). When it came to berries, they were mold-free and as good as new three days into using Bluapple. What’s more, the kale I buy each week (but seldom make the most of) lasted without wilting. And the organic blackberries I typically race to eat the day after buying lasted several days without spoiling. Not only did Bluapple save my produce, it helped me enjoy my bounty of fruits and veggies for days longer than I expected.
Bluapple Product Features
Bluapple is a palm-sized, apple-shaped container that discreetly covers the insert packets (aka ethylene gas-fighters). Each packet of Bluapple powder must remain sealed tight to keep the ethylene-gas fighting substances from spilling in the fridge. The packet can live inside one of the Bluapple containers or on its own in the fridge. Though the packets last about three months, I have more fruits and veggies coming and going than the average person, so I swap my packets every six to eight weeks.
What I like about Bluapple:
- Helps produce last longer
- Affordable and more than pays for itself in saved produce
- Easy to use
- Zero-waste packets can be composted or sprinkled in the garden when you’re done using them
- Made in the USA
Consider these factors before you buy:
- While the blue plastic apple is certainly cute, it’s not necessary. Trying Bluapple without the extra plastic worked better for my family—and it saved us money.
Will Bluapple make berries last longer?
Yes! Just make sure your berries are stored in containers with proper drainage and ventilation, and Bluapple will reduce the rate of spoilage by sopping up the ethylene gas they produce.
Will Bluapple work with bagged produce or sealed containers of greens?
The manufacturer suggests leaving some ventilation holes to allow Bluapple to work properly. If your produce comes bagged, we recommend tearing a small hole to promote air flow. Otherwise, Bluapple won’t work with fully-sealed salad and produce containers.
Can Bluapple be used outside of refrigerators, too?
Yes! Multiple Amazon reviewers say they’ve had success with Bluapple by placing it directly in (or near) fruit bowls.
What Other Reviewers Had to Say
“I love salads but hate how quickly vegetables go bad,” writes one five-star Amazon reviewer. “I bought these and put both in one drawer in my refrigerator. I put in two heads of iceberg lettuce, six small tomatoes, two cucumbers and a bag of lemons. Well, life got busy, and I forgot about my vegetables. A little more than two weeks later the lettuce was just starting to seem like it was wilting, and the tomatoes were still fresh and the cucumber a little soft. I cannot believe how well this Bluapple product works. You will not be disappointed!”
Heather, a verified Amazon purchaser says, “I cut up my romaine, green leaf lettuce, spinach and kale for the entire week. Before I purchased these, I could not eat it fast enough before it turned brown and got soggy and gross. This usually happened in a matter of days. It now stays fresh the entire week and has even kept it fresh for a week and a half. I just toss one of these in my salad bowl with the cut up greens, and it does the rest of the work. No more waste. I highly recommend these to keep lettuce of all kinds and veggies fresh.”
“I’ve had these little wonders for a couple of months now and I’m legitimately impressed,” shares Laura, another satisfied Amazon purchaser. “I put one in each fridge drawer and have seen a noticeable difference in how long our produce lasts. Strawberries, raspberries, peaches, lettuce, mushrooms—all things that typically don’t last very long—and they’re all still edible after two-plus weeks after purchase.”
If you’re prone to throwing produce out more often than you care to admit, Bluapple is an Amazon purchase you won’t regret. The packets are affordable, so you can keep up with their refills, and it’s a product that reduces food waste dramatically. It more than pays for itself after a few saved cartons of strawberries, and the natural zero-waste approach is something everyone can appreciate.
Where to Buy
Bluapple is available at Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store and on Amazon. The best deal is usually found on Amazon, where a set of two palm-sized apple balls with packet inserts retails at $13. Average households can get about three months of use out of a single Bluapple insert, making this product one of the best Amazon kitchen gadgets.
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Air frying is a simple way to cook frozen foods you would typically deep-fry, grill or bake. It keeps the inside moist and tender while giving the exterior a nice crisp. Air frying frozen hamburgers is way quicker than firing up a grill and keeps the house cool by leaving the oven off. Plus, burgers cook evenly in the air fryer each and every time.
How to Cook a Frozen Hamburger in Your Air Fryer
You may be wondering if you can really cook frozen burger patties in the air fryer, and the answer is yes! It’s a great dinner option when you’re running short on time or just want to enjoy a classic hamburger without waiting for the meat to thaw.
- 2 frozen raw beef patties
- Salt and pepper
- Cooking oil spray
Step 1: Prepare the patties
Spray both sides of the frozen burger patties with oil, then season generously with salt and pepper. Coat the air fryer basket with oil spray, then place patties on the air fryer basket.
Step 2: Air fry frozen hamburgers
Air fry frozen burgers at 350°F for about 10 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
Step 3: Enjoy juicy burgers
Once cooked to your preferred doneness, remove the hamburgers from the air fryer basket and place onto buns. Add desired toppings and enjoy!
Want to take your burgers to the next level? Check out the best hamburger recipes we’ve ever tried.
How Long to Cook Frozen Hamburgers in an Air Fryer
To make delicious frozen burgers in the air fryer, cook at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
You may need to adjust the cook time depending on the size and thickness of your burger. It is best to use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should be 160°.
What to Serve with Your Hamburgers
Pair your hamburgers with a side of french fries, onion rings, barbecue baked beans or pasta salad.
Ready to air fry more of your favorite foods? Use our handy air-fryer cooking chart for meat, seafood, vegetables, baked goods and more!
Wouldn’t it be great to have strawberries growing in the garden or in a container on the patio? You could pick a few of the ruby red fruits whenever you want a strawberry fix. This is 100% possible. Here’s how to grow strawberries using the seeds from a fresh berry.
Already see something that looks like a wild strawberry plant growing on your lawn? It might be a mock strawberry.
How to Grow Strawberries from Seed
TikTok user @joesgarden outlined an easy way to turn your stash of strawberries into even more delicious fruit. Take a close look at a strawberry and you’ll see tiny seeds on the outside of the fruit. These seeds are the potential strawberry plants waiting to grow for you.
@joesgarden #howto easily grow strawberries at home this summer ❤️😊🌱! #plants #planttok #didyouknow #learnontiktok #eco #diy #seeds #strawberry ♬ Up Beat (Married Life) – Kenyi
When you’re looking for strawberries to replant, buy fruit that’s plump and free from bruises and discoloration.
Slice the strawberries in half and leave them on a paper towel to dry. This allows the tiny seeds to become detached from the fruit and easily scraped away from the berry. They will be super tiny specks on the paper towel, but there’s a lot of growing potential there.
Put the tiny seeds in small pots mixed with compost. I recommend that you moisten the seeds and compost mixture with a spray bottle so you don’t flood the seeds out of their new growing environment with the flow from a watering can.
In a few weeks, you’ll see sprouts of new growth. When the new plants have grown in size and have multiple leaves, separate them. Then move the new plants to larger containers or plant them in the garden. You can even get creative by growing your strawberries in a laundry basket.
Before long, you’ll have fresh fruit for strawberry recipes!
Does This Method Really Work?
Yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind when growing strawberries from store-bought berries.
Organic produce is a good choice, as you can be sure the plants are free from any unwanted chemical sprays. Try to buy strawberries that have been grown locally or purchase fruit that’s labeled as organic at the market.
Organic strawberries are highly perishable, so start this garden project after they’re purchased. Berries that are starting to spoil and are too mushy in texture won’t work as well, since the goal is to try and isolate the tiny seeds to dry out. Make sure you store your strawberries properly to keep them from going bad.
Give your strawberry plants a window of 6 to 8 hours of sunshine a day and see what happens. The strawberry plants you grow from the store-bought strawberries will produce fruits that are smaller in size than the original berries. If you have too many, freeze your strawberries so you can keep eating them all year round.
Say nostalgia, and I’ll probably say Oreos. I have all kinds of sweet memories associated with this classic cookie—including catching my dad awake in the wee hours with Oreos and a mug of milk in hand!
Oreos is definitely cashing in on this nostalgia. They’ve already brought back Oreo Cakesters and even did a memorable mashup with Ritz and Oreo cookies. But now, they’re dropping something brand-new: Neapolitan Oreos! My childhood heart is so full of joy right now.
Neapolitan Oreos Means Three Flavors in One
It’s icon, a classic, an absolute favorite when it comes to all things ice cream. It’s Neapolitan! Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry layered together for one oh-so-satisfying bite. While some of us might lean more toward one flavor than the others (I’m a strawberry girl myself), it’s impossible not to take a little bit of each. Especially during the hot summer months.
Now our favorite sandwich cookie, Oreo, has officially dropped its new summer flavor, and we’re pumped. This could be the best flavor yet! Let’s start with the waffle cone-flavored cookies on the outside. Um, yes please? The subtle sweetness and crunch of waffle cones are totally tasty and a must-have for all things ice cream.
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But then there’s the creme filling. Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are coming together like never before. You can expect a fluffy, delicious triple-layered creme in the middle of each Oreo. You get all the flavors in every bite! Plus, it’s super pretty to look at. Talk about ridiculously photogenic.
When Can I Get ‘Em?
This is a limited-edition Oreo flavor that will officially hit shelves nationwide in July 2022. Yes, that’s right around the corner! I want to say I’ll have some sort of willpower and not buy every package I see…but I can’t promise.
Either way, I just know this summer will be three times as delicious as the last. Make sure you get yours while supplies last, and don’t forget to eat your Oreos the right way.
The perfect combination of sweet and tangy, quick pickled red onions add a sliver of color, crunch and character to almost any dish.
When it comes to making pickled vegetables at home, the first thing that comes to mind is likely old-fashioned dill pickles, pickled beets or pickled green beans. However, if you’re looking for a different kind of produce to preserve, pickled red onions are almost impossible to resist!
How Do You Use Pickled Red Onions?
Whether folded into scrambled eggs or piled on shrimp tacos, this vibrant and versatile condiment makes an irresistible upgrade to anything it touches. These tangy onions make an excellent addition to tuna salad sandwiches, turkey burgers and classic avocado toast, and are a sweet and savory topper for grilled pork, steak and fish.
Pickled red onions can also be diced into a relish for a charcuterie board, mixed with cream cheese for a delectable dip or stirred into a simple guacamole for extra kick. For more inspiration, check out our collection of red onion recipes.
How to Make Quick Pickled Red Onions
This recipe comes together in minutes, with no fancy canning supplies required.
- 3/4 cup water
- 2/3 cup white wine or cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- Optional: fresh rosemary, thyme or dill sprigs, whole black peppercorns, small dried chili or garlic clove
Step 1: Slice the onions
Slice the onions into rounds using a sharp chef’s knife or a mandoline. You can choose thinner slices for a softer texture or thicker slices for more crunch, depending on your preference. Use your fingers to separate the layers and transfer the onion slices to a large glass jar. Press firmly to pack the onions tightly inside.
Step 2: Prepare the pickling brine
Combine the water, vinegar, sugar, salt and any pickling spices in a large bowl, then whisk together until sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
Step 3: Submerge the onions
Pour the pickling liquid over the onions in the jar until the onions are completely submerged. Seal the jar and let it stand at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.
Step 4: Store in the refrigerator
Once the onions are tender and bright pink, they are ready to enjoy. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Tips for Making Quick Pickled Red Onions
How long will pickled red onions last?
When sealed properly and stored in the refrigerator, pickled red onions will keep their texture and taste for up to 2 weeks.
Can you use other kinds of onions for this recipe?
While red onions will make the most visually appealing option, this simple pickling method will work with almost any type of onion you have on hand. Try this brine with yellow onions, sweet onions, cipollinis or even shallots.
How can you make pickled red onions your own?
There are just as many ways to customize your pickled red onions as there are ways to use them! Once you know the steps, you can experiment until you find the perfect recipe for you.
- The type of vinegar you decide to use will play a big role in the final flavor of your pickled red onions. This recipe calls for white wine or apple cider vinegar, but red wine, rice or plain white vinegar will also make a delicious brine.
- For a fruity twist, you can use equal parts fresh-squeezed orange, lime and lemon juice as a substitute for the vinegar to create a bright and zesty citrus pickling liquid.
- Test out different textures by slicing your onion into various sizes and shapes. Instead of thin rounds, try cutting them lengthwise into thicker slices or dicing them into hearty chunks. If you’re opting for bigger pieces, you’ll need to let your onions sit in the brine for double the amount of time and add more liquid to coat.
- Give your pickled onions more depth of flavor by adding herbs and spices like garlic cloves, whole black peppercorns or sprigs of fresh rosemary, dill and thyme.
- To create a spicier version, slip a few slices of fresh habanero or jalapeno peppers into your vinegar mix.
Look, none of us can deny our love for southern comfort food. But when summer comes around, we’re looking to avoid the heavy stuff and turning to summer salads instead. Luckily, we’ve found a way to combine the two in the form of TikTok’s latest recipe find: cowboy caviar.
Also known as Texas caviar, this dish was created by Helen Corbitt around 1940 in Houston, Texas. Originally made with black-eyed peas, the name riffs on the fancier dish because the peas resembled caviar. TikTok has upgraded the classic cowboy caviar to make it our new go-to recipe for summer,
How to Make Cowboy Caviar
This recipe comes from TikTok user @brialem. You can omit any of the ingredients below or add whatever’s fresh from the garden. Make this recipe your own!
@brialemcowboy caviar (I added mango this time!)
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 2 jalapenos
- 3/4 red onion
- 1 mango
- 2 cups sweet corn
- 1 container feta cheese
- 1 can sliced black olives
- 2 cans black beans, rinsed
- 1 can pinto beans, rinsed
- 2 avocados
- Juice of 3 limes
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 3-4 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 2-4 tablespoons spicy honey
- 3 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: Taco seasoning
Step 1: Mix your ingredients
Finely dice your bell peppers, jalapenos, onion and mango. Add to a large bowl. Stir in the corn, pre-sliced olives and feta cheese. Drain and rinse your beans and add them to the large bowl. Combine everything well.
Step 2: Add the dressing
Whisk together your homemade dressing. Pour it gently over the cowboy caviar and stir well. The entire bowl should be mixed thoroughly. All the bright colors should be shining through!
Step 3: Add the avocado
Dice the fresh avocado and add shortly before you plan to serve the dip. Once everything is combined, serve with chips, on burritos or however else you see fit. It should keep in the fridge for up to three days.
Find the best tortilla chips for a hefty dip like this.
What Can I Add to Cowboy Caviar?
The beauty of cowboy caviar is that you can add whatever your heart desires. @brialem has created TikTok videos with several renditions of the stuff, so here are a few more ingredients to try:
- Diced peaches (adds sweetness like the mango)
- Black-eyed peas
- Queso fresco
- Garlic salt
- Peach juice
- Jalapeno juice
- Canned jalapenos
There’s no wrong answer when it comes to making your own cowboy caviar. Add what you like and leave what you don’t—either way, we know it’s going to be an absolute masterpiece.
I spend boatloads of time and cash each week shopping for healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables for my seven-person family. Overspending on organic fruit and veggies is one of my worst produce mistakes because it tends to spoil before it gets eaten thanks to finicky taste buds and busy schedules. When I discovered that organic produce boxes could be mailed directly to my door—and at a discounted price—I knew I had to give the concept a try.
Misfits Market operates just like any other food delivery subscription box, except instead of curated, ready-to-cook meal ingredients you get quirky-looking produce that often doesn’t sell in typical grocery stores. They’re the “misfits” of the produce section, if you will. With this adorable and food waste reducing concept in mind, I had to see for myself if it really stacked up to the hype. Here’s my Misfits Market review.
What Is Misfits Market?
Misfits Market is a produce subscription box devoted to ethical, sustainable foods with the added convenience of fast, direct-to-your-door shipping. It’s convenient to use and promises up to 40% off typical supermarket prices on mostly organic and non-GMO produce that would otherwise go to waste because, well, it’s a little rougher around the edges compared to GMO fruits and veggies. The produce is in excellent shape, though. It’s not the almost-spoiled stuff you imagine at 40% off retail—it’s just slightly imperfect in terms of visual characteristics that really don’t matter one bit once you bite in.
My Misfits Market review uncovered that just about everything the service sends is perfectly ripe, crisp and ready-to-eat, but may have slight color or size inconsistencies that even the best grocery stores have trouble selling.
One of the most appealing parts of Misfits Market is that customers can choose the frequency of their orders and the types of produce they want in their box. Make note of foods you hate, what you’re allergic to and even seasonal favorites you prefer and Misfits Market will keep your refrigerator—and produce keepers—stocked for days.
How We Tested It
The most important part of my Misfits Market review was the eating, obviously. My family and I ate our way through fresh melon, bell peppers, a variety of salad greens and even the best organic blackberries I’ve ever tasted. For context, I have a bounty of blackberry bushes in my yard that I wait for the sun to ripen each year so I can store them in my best glass storage containers for daily grazing — and the Misfits Market berries were somehow better.
I also received plump sweet potatoes that I immediately placed in my potato storage containers. When I finally got around to using them over a week later, the sweet potatoes were the richest shade of deep orange I’d seen in a long time. Better yet, they were naturally sweet, so I skipped the honey I normally add to my mashed sweet potato casserole recipe.
After receiving several Misfits Market orders, it was clear that each package was curated with love and care. That was especially important to me because produce is fragile, and the idea of shipping it in a box made me nervous. While Misfits Market claims their fruits and vegetables may be imperfect, I respectfully challenge that thesis with this: the produce is totally perfect in its own quirky and delicious way.
Misfits Market Product Features
The most exciting part of my Misfits Market review was exploring the brand’s time-saving website. Instead of driving to the local store, which can turn into a two-hour long roundtrip affair, I shopped for fruit, vegetables and snacks on my wishlist in my pajamas. All I had to decide was a delivery day and window, and then bam! Healthy eats appeared on my doorstep without having to spend precious free time perusing the grocery store.
What I liked about Misfits Market:
- Fresh, perfectly-ripe produce delivered directly to my door
- Up to 40% off supermarket prices
- Mostly organic and non-GMO foods
- Wide variety of items from berries to apples, potatoes to pumpkins and scallions to kale
- Flexible delivery options
- Orders of $30 or more ship fast and free
- Easy online ordering interface that’s fun to use
- Saves time and money on weekly grocery shopping
What to consider about Misfits Market:
- It takes a few days to fulfill each order and have it arrive at your doorstep, so if you have immediate recipe needs, Misfits Market may not be your best bet
- Misfits Market’s packing team chooses your produce, so there’s no control over the size of produce you receive
Where does Misfits Market get their produce and why is it so cheap?
According to the brand’s website, they “Get direct access to the good stuff that you’d typically pay a premium for elsewhere because it’s excess supply, sometimes looks a little different, or is cheaper because we cut out the middleman. For produce, that means fruits and veggies that are too big, too small, or just sort of funny-looking. Oftentimes, though, it’s produce that’s simply considered surplus.”
How long does it take for Misfits Market orders to arrive?
Typically one to two days.
When do item preferences take effect after they’re selected?
If you note that you can’t stand kale, these preferences will take effect during your next shopping window. You can also update your preferences at any time.
Are there other things worth ordering from Misfits Market?
If you’re a fan of wine, Misfits Market even offers sustainably-produced, organic wines for customers over the age of 21.
Can you pause or cancel your subscription?
Yes, customers can cancel their subscription at any time. It’s also easy to adjust the amount of shipments and frequency, so you can use Misfits Market on your own schedule.
What if I don’t meet the $30 order minimum for free shipping?
Don’t worry! Misfits Market charges a flat $5.50 for orders that don’t meet the minimum for free shipping.
Here’s my final Misfits Market review: It not only simplified my shopping, it dramatically cut down on my grocery planning time and left me much happier than I could’ve imagined. For anyone who feels like organic produce is pricey and out of reach, I recommend giving this produce subscription box a try.
It’s especially useful for busy types without time to spare for careful grocery shopping. I saved hours each week not having to drive to and from my local supermarket and farmers market stands, as well as plenty of cash on the fuel to get there and overpriced produce in general. I’ll continue to order Misfit Market’s organic salad greens and fresh veggies to drizzle my favorite Graza olive oil over for the rest of summer.
Where to Buy Misfits Market
You can build your own box of mouth-watering produce on the Misfits Market website, where prices are up to 40% off retail. Orders can be made 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and they arrive directly at your door within a day or two. Plus, shipping is free on all orders of $30 or more, so you’ll want to stock up on all the goodies of your choosing to score the deal.
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Pound cake is an old-fashioned dessert that can be dished up in a variety of ways. Traditionally, it was made with equal parts butter, sugar, eggs and flour. But the variations on this classic recipe are plentiful, and this just might be our new favorite.
As opposed to many other baked goods, this cold oven pound cake recipe embraces the low and slow method. There’s no need to preheat the oven! And with a bit of patience for baking and cooling time, you’ll end up with a buttery, flavorful pound cake to serve with fresh whipped cream and berries, or even a scoop of ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Why Do You Start This Cake in a Cold Oven?
It’s hard to believe that there’s no need to preheat your oven before popping this cake in to bake, but it’s all part of the process. Most baked goods need that initial hit of heat from a well-warmed oven. Recipes with leavening agents like baking powder and baking soda especially need high heat to get the desired lift.
But for this cake, we let the eggs and just a touch of salt lead the way. Historically, pound cakes were made with one pound of each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. They’re certainly meant to be a dense cake! And if you simply let the aeration that occurs when creaming the butter and sugar do the work, along with the rise of the eggs, you’ll have a tasty treat on the table in no time.
Other added bonuses: The low-and-slow method creates a golden crust on the pound cake, with a crackling texture and great caramelized flavor. And the interior crumb is still just as tender and delicious as ever.
Our Cold Oven Pound Cake Recipe
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups sugar
- 6 eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/3 cup sour cream
Tools You’ll Need
- Mixing bowl: A large, sturdy mixing bowl will make the process of making the cake batter a breeze.
- Hand mixer: Use a hand mixer to combine ingredients for proper aeration. You can use your stand mixer as well.
- Bundt pan: A Bundt pan will produce the classic pound cake shape you’re looking for. And if this go-to shape isn’t for you, there are so many beautiful Bundt pans out there.
Step 1: Cream the butter and sugar
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Cream for several minutes until the mixture is fluffy and pale in color.
Mix in the eggs one at a time, then mix in the vanilla extract.
Step 2: Finish the batter with the dry ingredients, milk and sour cream
In a separate bowl, combine the flour and salt. Mix in one-third of the flour mixture. Add in half of the milk and the sour cream. Mix in the next third of the flour mixture, and then the remaining milk. Stir in the remainder of the flour mixture until just combined.
This alternating method ensures that all the ingredients are well combined without creating a tough cake.
Step 3: Bake the pound cake
Thoroughly grease a bundt pan. Transfer the batter to the pan and place it in the oven. Turn the oven on to 325°F and bake the pound cake for one hour and five minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and set it aside to fully cool before inverting it out of the pan. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve with fresh berries.
Have I mentioned my total love of all Kit Kat flavors before? We’ve covered the popular crispy wafer candy many times here before, and we have no intentions of stopping any time soon. Whether it’s a strawberry and dark chocolate duo or a whole pack reminiscent of blueberry muffins, you know we’re diving straight in. And Kit Kat doesn’t like to take long breaks between flavors—that’s how Japan ended up with over 300 flavors.
Our next flavor up to bat is Kit Kat Hazelnut Thins, and we’re beyond ready to break off a piece of that.
Why You Need a Pack of Kit Kat Hazelnut Thins ASAP
Why do we love Kit Kats so much? It could be the milk chocolate on the outside or the thin, crispy wafers packed tightly on the inside. Maybe it’s the absolute multitude of interesting flavors. I’m talking wasabi and mango, just to name a few. And if it’s new, you know we’re going to be all over it.
The latest drop is the Kit Kat Hazelnut Thins, and we are so ready. You won’t find whole hazelnuts in the candies, but rather hazelnut-flavored milk chocolate. While hazelnut in Kit Kats isn’t a new concept, we’re still excited for this next rendition.
If you’ve never had Kit Kat Thins, they’re slightly different than regular Kit Kats. They have two smaller, lighter wafers on the inside as opposed to the regular three wafers. They’re also individually wrapped for perfect on-the-go eating.
Where Can I Get ‘Em?
You can pick up a shareable 7.2 ounce bag of Kit Kat Hazelnut Thins at both Walmart and Target right now. A bag goes for about $3.99 at Target and $3.78 at Walmart. Hazelnut can be a polarizing flavor for some, but it’s always been an absolute favorite of mine. Am I currently on my way to grab a bag now? Maybe. And all I can say is, if you don’t got one…get one!
Before the weather even begins heating up, I’m already dusting off the grill and scheming which of our favorite barbecue recipes I want to make first. I love the ritual of grilling a meal, and of course the signature smoky flavor that ensues. But what I secretly love most about a barbecue are the side dishes: pasta salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad! So when I heard about the famous Ina Garten potato salad, I knew I had to try it. Ina’s recipes are famously reliable and easy to follow: I figured it might become my new go-to.
How Does Ina Garten Make Potato Salad?
Glancing at the ingredients list, it might seem like Ina’s salad is pretty standard. What’s special is her method for cooking potatoes. First, she parboils the potatoes in salted water, and then she steams them until tender. I had never used this method, but it works quite well. The benefit is that the potatoes don’t disintegrate in the water, which is easy to do if they’re over-boiled. Instead, they hold their shape nicely once chopped and mixed with the remaining ingredients, but they’re still tender enough to absorb the dressing.
Give it a try yourself with this step-by-step process.
Ina Garten’s Potato Salad Recipe
- 3 pounds small white potatoes
- Kosher salt
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
Step 1: Cook the potatoes
Place the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are just slightly tender when pierced with a knife.
Drain the potatoes into a colander. Set the colander over the empty pot and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Allow the potatoes to steam for another 15 to 20 minutes, until they’re tender but not mushy.
Editor’s Tip: Here’s how to pick the right type of potato for every recipe.
Step 2: Make the dressing
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, dill, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Set aside.
Step 3: Toss together
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle but still warm, cut them into bite-size chunks. Place the cut-up potatoes in a large bowl and immediately pour the dressing over them. Add the celery and red onion, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Toss until the dressing coats every bite. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Editor’s Tip: We don’t recommend freezing potato salad like this because it has a creamy dressing.
Here’s What I Thought
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the parboil and then steam method, but I ended up really loving it. The texture of the potatoes was just tender enough to win me over on this technique.
Two other important techniques in this Ina Garten potato salad are to dress the potatoes while they’re still warm, and to let them sit for a few hours in the dressing before serving. These are both key to the final product, as the dressing will absorb into warm potatoes better than cold ones, and the flavor really does develop best once it has sat for a while. It also lends for a really wonderful texture for the potatoes, and not the dried-out, undercooked bites of potato salads past.
I think this recipe also lends itself well to additions, so if you prefer a more jazzed up potato salad you could use this as a base and add whatever you like. Capers, pickles or chopped hard-boiled eggs would all be great additions, so you can make it week after week.
Don’t waste a moment of strawberry season! Fresh strawberries are juicy and flavorful, and star in a huge variety of delicious recipes. The trick is knowing how to pick strawberries to spot the ripest, most flavorful berries, whether you’re at a u-pick farm, grocery store or farmers market. Here are our tips for buying and storing strawberries.
How to Pick the Best Strawberries at the Grocery Store
Sold in clear clamshell boxes or green baskets, grocery store berries tend to be firmer than farm berries—and sometimes they can be dry or flavorless. To avoid that pitfall, sniff the berries: they should be very fragrant.
Strawberries should be a vibrant shade of red with perky, green leaves. They don’t ripen after they’re picked (unlike these fruits), so don’t bother with berries that are still green or white. Look them over closely and avoid containers with berries that are mushy or moldy.
Do you make any of these common berry mistakes?
How to Pick Strawberries Off the Plant
When picking fruit fresh from the plant, choose strawberries that are fully ripened: all red with no white or green areas. Avoid any berries bearing nibbles from critters.
The best way to pick the strawberry is by holding the stem above the green cap and gently twisting it off the plant. Leaving the caps and leaves intact on the berries will help them last longer once home—if you accidentally tear off the cap, that’s a good excuse to eat it on the spot! Take care not to bruise the strawberries or damage the plants.
Get your freshly-picked strawberries home as soon as possible, so they don’t deteriorate in your warm car.
How to Store Strawberries
At home, strawberries will only stay fresh for about a day at room temperature. For longer storage, put the container of unwashed berries in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Do not wash berries or remove the green tops until you’re ready to use them. (Trust us: We tested several ways to store strawberries to find the best.)
Not planning to eat them soon? Strawberries freeze well. Wash and hull them, then arrange them in a single layer on a small tray. Place them in the freezer. Once they’re frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag and store for 3-6 months.
If you love strawberries, these are the best berry tools to make storing and prepping berries a breeze.
A sparkling clean shower is essential to creating a relaxing spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom. Scrubbing the tub is simple enough, but glass doors can be tough to keep clean, especially if they’ve gotten cloudy or stained. You can absolutely restore the sparkle with our guide on how to clean glass shower doors.
How Often Should You Clean Shower Glass?
The first secret to clean shower glass is consistency. Staying on a cleaning schedule prevents hard water from building up on the surface overtime. Here’s how to tackle it on a daily and weekly basis.
- Daily: Squeegee your shower doors after each shower to remove water droplets. When hard water droplets are allowed to air dry, they cause calcium stains. Keep a squeegee hanging in the shower for easy access.
- Weekly: Clean your shower doors weekly with one of the methods detailed below. Waiting too long in between cleaning will allow hard water buildup to accumulate and make it much more difficult to remove.
- As-Needed: About once a month, apply a water-repellent like Rain-X to your glass shower doors. Rain-X causes water to bead and slide off the glass, preventing hard water and soap scum stains.
Want more shower cleaning tips? Learn how to get rid of pink mold.
How to Clean Shower Glass, 4 Ways
When it comes to cleaning your shower glass, you have options! Our favorite methods make your glass look new again, whether you reach for eco-friendly products or store-bought solutions.
How to Clean Glass Shower Doors with Rejuvenate Soap Scum Remover
- Rejuvenate Soap Scum Remover
Not as widely known as other shower-cleaning products, Rejuvenate Soap Scum Remover is a miracle worker! Spray it on your shower doors (it also works on tile and fixtures), wait three minutes, then rinse clean to remove tough soap scum and stains—no scrubbing needed. For extra-stubborn buildup, spray on the product, wait three minutes and then scrub with the abrasive side of a sponge before rinsing. Still using paper towels? That’s one of the most common bathroom cleaning mistakes.
How to Clean Glass Shower Doors with Vinegar
- Dawn Dish Soap
- Spray bottle
In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap. Spray mixture on the shower glass. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Scrub the glass with a sponge, then rinse thoroughly. Use a squeegee to dry and get a clear finish. You’ll be amazed at the sparkle. Seriously, vinegar can clean almost anything.
How to Clean Glass Shower Doors with Lemon
- Kosher salt
- Soft cloth
Cut a lemon in half, then dip half the lemon in kosher salt. Rub the lemon directly on the shower door. Repeat with the other half if needed. The acidic lemon juice and abrasive salt help to break down hard water deposits. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth or squeegee. Cleaning with lemon leaves the freshest smell!
How to Clean Glass Shower Doors with Ammonia
- Spray bottle
- Microfiber cloth
For hard water buildup, mix three parts water to one part ammonia in a spray bottle. Spray the shower glass and scrub the surface with a sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely.
To get rid of streaks, mix 2 tablespoons ammonia with 2 quarts distilled water. Spray on door and wait two to three minutes. Then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.
Shower Cleaning FAQs
How do you fix cloudy shower doors?
Cloudy doors are caused by hard water buildup (mostly calcium deposits). Try the vinegar method from above, but leave the solution to soak in overnight before wiping off. For heavy-duty stains, try using extra fine steel wool (#0000). It won’t scratch the glass but will help dislodge mineral buildup. Wipe the door with a sheet of dry steel wool, going from top to bottom in a circular motion. This is one of our favorite shower cleaning hacks.
How do you keep your glass shower doors spot-free?
Prevent water spots by keeping your shower doors dry in between uses. Dry the doors with a cloth or squeegee after each shower. When not in use, leave the shower door ajar to allow air ventilation. To prevent soap scum, consider switching to natural soaps with ingredients like shea butter, olive oil and coconut oil.
How do you clean shower door runners?
You can use the same vinegar and Dawn dish soap mixture from above to clean the shower tracks as well. Spray the solution on the tracks, let it sit for an hour or two, then scrub with an old toothbrush and rinse. If there’s a lot of crusty buildup present, try scraping some of it away with a paint scraper; or these narrow scraper tools—the perfect size for a shower track.
Nestled between Houston and Austin, you’ll find the best pie shop in Texas: Royers Round Top Cafe. There, owners Bud and Karen Royer and their four children have perfected the delicious dessert known as Texas Trash Pie.
The Royers moved to Round Top in 1987 and took over the 40-seat Round Top Cafe. Even though they had no culinary background, Bud and his family popularized the cafe into what is now “a Texas country bistro serving gourmet comfort food,” all through word-of-mouth marketing. Their beloved Texas Trash Pie led the marketing efforts—so much so that Bud is known as “The Pieman.” The cafe has grown into a southern comfort food catering and event planning company, handling everything from consulting to florals, photography and more.
What Is Texas Trash Pie?
Texas Trash Pie is quick and easy to prepare, aka a novice baker’s dream. The filling is made with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, coconut, graham crackers, caramel and pretzels, and smoothed into a premade pie shell (though you can use homemade pie crust if you have time). It’s ooey and gooey and goes best with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you can get your hands on Vanilla Blue Bell Ice Cream, you’ll be enjoying Texas Trash Pie as you would at Royers Round Top Cafe!
Before you get started on making your own, don’t forget to check out our favorite pie-making tips.
Copycat Recipe for Texas Trash Pie
- 1 (10-inch) frozen pie crust
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup caramel bits or butterscotch chips
- 1 cup pretzels, roughly chopped
- 1 cup graham crackers, crushed
- 1 cup sweetened coconut, shredded
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
Step 1: Combine all filling ingredients
Stir together chocolate chips, caramel (or butterscotch) chips, pretzels, graham crackers, coconut and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl.
Step 2: Fill the crust
Using a silicone spatula, transfer filling mixture into frozen pie crust. Spread mixture evenly.
Step 3: Bake
Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 45 minutes. Let pie cool 15 minutes before slicing.
How to Store Texas Trash Pie
To keep Texas Trash Pie fresh, cover with plastic wrap and keep cool in refrigerator. You can also freeze it.
Where to Buy Texas Trash Pie
If you haven’t noticed, it’s hot outside, which means it’s prime growing season for summer produce like tomatoes, cucumbers, and hot peppers. Gardening TikTok is also in full swing, with tips for growing strawberry plants and starting plants in milk jugs blooming as steadily as our perennial gardens.
This TikTok posted by @meggrowsplants explains how pruning pepper plants can help increase the number of peppers you harvest. In fact, she tops her plants, pruning off the tops of young seedlings to encourage growth.
@meggrowsplants The ones I topped last year gave me SOO many more peppers than the ones I didn’t! #gardentok #gardening #gardeningtips #gardeninghacks #gardenwithme #growingpeppers #growyourownfood #cottagecore #greenthumb #pepperplant #LENOVOJUSTBEYOU ♬ Up – Movie Theme – Giampaolo Pasquile
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Why Is Pruning Pepper Plants Important?
According to Homestead and Chill, topping a pepper plant seedling will help it grow side branches, which bear more flowers, and eventually fruit. Topping isn’t exclusive to peppers—it’s also useful for tomatoes, eggplant and other nightshades.
You don’t have to top your pepper plants. The benefits depend on the plants themselves and their environment. In addition to bearing more peppers, topped pepper plants are less top-heavy, which makes them easier to support with a cage or plant stand. They’ll also be bushier, making the peppers less susceptible to burning.
There is one slight hangup: topped pepper plants will take a little longer to bear fruit. So if you live somewhere with a short growing season, sit this one out.
How to Prune Pepper Plants
You can top small types of spicy peppers like jalapenos. (Your larger peppers need more room to grow, so they benefit from being taller.) You’ll need to start pruning pepper plants before they’ve grown too much. Top each pepper plant while it’s still young and only has 6-7 leaves, and leave at least 4 leaves on the seedling.