Meal Planning 101: How to Use Your Freezer

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Your fridge is the heart of your kitchen, keeping it alive with all sorts of delicious foods. And opening those fridge doors to see food piled upon food can feel like heaven (unless you forgot to go grocery shopping again, oops!).

And then there’s that other door that perhaps you haven’t explored quite enough: the freezer. The freezer is sacred, preserving your food for long periods of time, while still keeping it fresh. Of course, there’s an art to freezing food, and not everybody knows the true secrets of how to use the freezer. Here, we’ll give you the rundown of just how to use your freezer to it’s fullest potential.

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DIY Delightful Picnics

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Picnics are what make the summer delicious. Nothing is better than lounging outside underneath the sun with your favorite people and favorite foods. Picnics aren’t limited to red-checkered blankets and wicker baskets filled to the brim with store-bought goods. Add some fun and flavor to your picnics with these DIY picnic ideas!

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Dishwasher Tips That Will End Clean-Up Battles

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In 1886, Josephine Cochran invented the first dishwasher, effectively bringing peace to a country torn by the Civil War. But it wasn’t until decades later, in the 1950s, that dishwashers became a standard kitchen appliance to the delight of housewives everywhere. Today, kitchen clean-up echoes the bloody battles of the Civil War, with spouses, kids, and pets alike sparring over dishwasher duties. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With these choice tips, you can save time, hassle, and once again bring peace to your dishwasher’s hallowed throne:

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Sublime Summer Desserts with Seasonal Fruits

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Strawberries, peaches, and cherries — oh my! Summertime offers a short window of ripened bliss, when local fruit is fresh, cheap, and abundant. There is nothing sweeter than going to your local farmer’s market and picking up fresh tomatoes or towing the family for fresh picked blueberries. Fresh fruit also means that dessert just got a lot healthier! From simple deserts, to dessert pizza (who doesn’t like pizza?), to easy no-bake recipes we’ve gathered our favorite summer desserts that never fail to thrill.

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Blender Hacks and Recipes for Smoothies, Dips, and More!

 

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A stalwart of the kitchen, the blender is a go-to tool for convenient cooking. Forget chopping by hand, a high performance blender can make homemade, healthy cooking effortlessly fast and nutritious. This guide will enable you to create perfect smoothies along with delicious dips and kitchen essentials, all so you can reap the best usage from your blender.

Smoothies

Smoothies are the modern choice for a refreshing, light pick me up and these simple tips can take your smoothie making to a whole new level. If you’re drinking smoothies regularly, simple tricks can cut your smoothie making time in half. Try pre-packaging your ingredients before hand in plastic baggies. Even more efficient, smoothies can be made ahead of time and frozen in a muffin tin for simple, on-the-go meals. Similarly, freeze coffee or fresh spinach and kale in an ice tray to simplify the smoothie making process come assembly time. You can also easily freeze frozen banana slices. Beef up your smoothies with protein powder and make it a true meal — you won’t even be able to taste it.

It’s easy to create a delicious smoothie with a little imagination and experimentation. For instance, we love this healthy and delicious smoothie made with baby spinach, peeled ginger, and peaches — fresh, healthy, and with a satisfying kick, this smoothie is perfect for a satisfying breakfast or an afternoon treat.

Cooking Staples

A blender puts homemade cooking right at your fingertips — look no further than blender butter! Made right in your blender this homemade butter is creamier and richer than store bought butter and is infinitely simpler to make. It’s as simple as whipping up heavy cream with salt and voilà spreadable goodness for pancakes, toast, and more.

Make your butter even more tantalizing by making cookies and cream butter with chopped Oreos. Fashioned after the popular product sold by Trader Joe’s this recipe is addicting and the perfect sweet treat.

Homemade mayonnaise is equally straightforward to make and doesn’t contain damaging additives. Delicious and made exactly to your custom tastes, homemade mayonnaise is incredibly easy to make and will last in your fridge up to a month.

& So Much More!

A blender can be used for so much more than simple smoothies. Use as a tool to aerate eggs for frittata, whip up batter for pancakes and French toast, or make spicy salsa. You can even decant wine in a blender by blending it on high speed for 30- 60 seconds. Blenders can also be used to make soup. Celebrate summer with this chilled cucumber and avocado soup that will taste fresh from the garden, and is simply divine when topped with a fresh mango salsa.

Blenders make creating delicious meals simple and fun, the hardest part will be choosing the right one for you. The high-performance Wolf Gourmet blender is just what you need for crafting everything from refreshing smoothies to velvety soups. A great multitasker, this blender will become your new best friend in the kitchen. It can effortlessly grind nuts into butter or whip cream with consistent results every time. The easy to use dial makes it simple to blend ingredients to your exact preference. H&H Appliance Center offers endless options to not only whip up amazing dips, but also has the latest appliances for crafting delicious recipes for years to come. Visit us at our showroom today to speak to an expert!

Summer Grill Guide

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Memorial Day marks the start of summer and endless sunshine. There’s no better way to celebrate such a time, than by cranking up the grill and serving up simple, delicious food. Whether you’re having a few friends over or anchoring a neighborhood-wide Memorial Day BBQ, use these tips as an inspiration to keep everyone full and happily anticipating the glorious start of the summer months.

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Laundry Hacks — Tips and Tricks for the Most Efficient Clean

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We get it — laundry is a huge hassle! In fact, one in four Americans would prefer doing their taxes over laundry.  We’re here to help — these laundry tips will streamline your chore load and give you more time to watch Game of Thrones. Fast, fresh laundry and more time for torture scenes? It’s a win-win for everyone.

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Cocktails, Mocktails, and More: How to Set Up Your Home Bar

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Setting up a home bar is easier than you may think and offers a great opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and revamp your home décor. A home bar is also a must for entertaining guests. So what are you waiting for? Follow this simple guide, and get started on creating your own home bar today. Cheers!

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