Homemade Tortilla Chips
I buy about a bag a week, so I have spent almost $200 in the past year on chips!
Plus, I get really frustrated when things don’t go on sale. I can’t recall ever getting a deal on them or seeing a coupon for them. I have bought the super inexpensive brands, but they are not BAKED! Baked chips have 1/2 the fat and are more healthy than the regular kind. I had to find a way to get my chips on the cheap!
Here is what I found: a recipe for homemade, inexpensive, and easy baked tortilla chips!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay the tortillas out on a cutting board. Spray lightly with the non stick olive oil spray on both sides. If using a salt, sprinkle on both sides. Stack the tortillas in piles of eight. Using a s michael kors outlet harp knife or pizza cutter, cut through the pile of tortillas, cutting into 4 or 8 equal triangles depending on how big you like your chips.
Arrange tortilla triangl michael kors outlet es in a single layer on baking sheets. Bake for approximately 6 to 7 minutes until crisp and the edges start to curl and turn lightly brown. Watch the ch michael kors outlet ips carefully after 5 minutes, as they can burn easily. Once the chips are done, remove from the oven to cool. Chips will continue to crisp as they cool down. These keep for about michael kors outlet 1 2 weeks in a Ziploc type bag.
This very easy and cost effective. If you cut the chips into eighths, you can make 288 chips for less than a dollar! I have never counted the exact quantity of Tostitos per bag, but according to the nutrition guide on the back, there are around 150 chips in there. That means by making these home made chips, I am saving almost $6.00 on every batch. After one year of making the chips instead of buying them, I will have saved over $155! Yea!
Homemade Suet Feeders
Render beef fat or any type of fat by melting it in a large saucepan until it is liquid and then straining the fat through a wire mesh strainer. All the solids should be removed from the fat during straining. Allowing the fat to cool and then repeating the heating and straining process will create more durable suet. The fat is poured into molds, suet feeders or cupcake tins and will become hard when cooled. For variety, ingredients such as peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts or seeds can be sti michael kors outlet rred into the strained fat before pouring it into molds.
Reuse empty mesh bags that onions and potatoes are sometimes sold in by dropping a few suet chunks into the opening of the bag and tying it closed. Tie a length of twine to the knotted end of the bag and hang this simple homemade suet feeder from a tree branch for the birds to enjoy.
Melons and citrus fruit such as oranges or grapefruit can be used as molds to hold suet after it has been rendered. Cut the fruit in half and remove the edible parts of the fruit for human consumption. The hot michael kors outlet rendered fat can then be poured directly into the melon shells or citrus peels and allowed to cool. These biodegradable suet feeders can be placed on porches or nestled in the crook of a tree branch.
Cut a section of log approximately one foot long and two to three inches in diameter. Drill four holes along the length of the log with a cordless drill and the appropriate drill bit to create a 1 inch diameter michael kors outlet hole that extends all the way through the log. These holes should be evenly spaced, but they do not need to be located in a straight line on the log. Drill smaller holes below the large holes that should be 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter and approximately one inch deep. Pour a few drops of wood adhesive into the smaller holes and insert 4 inch long wooden dowels. These dowels will serve as perches for visiting birds. Spoon warm suet, which has begun to thicken, into the holes of the log and allow it to cool. Screw a sm michael kors outlet all hook into the top of the log and use a length of twine to hang the homemade suet feeder from a tree branch.
Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe
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Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24 inch rope. Make a U shape with the rope, holding the ends of the michael kors outlet rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the parchment lined half sheet pan.
Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.