If you came here looking for layered salads inside a Mason jar, I’m so sorry, I don’t do that…BUT DON’T GO AWAY JUST YET. I have an even better idea. Keep reading to find out more about me and why I started this blog…
About 11 years ago, the idea came into my head to vacuum-pack washed and chopped up lettuce inside Mason quart jars. The cut lettuce stays fresh, with no brown edges, for up to 10 days. It turned out to be a lunch I could grab as fast as a bag of chips making it much easier to keep my weight within reason. It worked so well for me, I created this blog in 2009 to share this money/time/calorie-saving technique, along with many other kitchen secrets. (In case you’re wondering why I don’t add tomatoes, cucumbers, salad dressing, and other ingredients to the jar, see this post.)
Here’s a sampling of the many and varied kitchen secrets you’ll find here:
- Did you know the bread you mix up in the bread machine can be better than what you knead by hand?
- Thinking about making your own yogurt, or maybe you have questions about the process? I’ve got answers and shortcuts.
- Want to take your cinnamon rolls to the next level? Try adding this secret ingredient.
- Cutting calories or carbs? Me, too. This is just one example.
- Tired of throwing out expensive food that’s past it’s prime? Check out my favorite idea about vacuum-packing lettuce.
More about me…
I’m Paula Rhodes, and I was raised an Indiana farm girl who grew up constantly hearing my father say, “Make it snappy.” Even though I married a Texan and now live in the Dallas-Ft Worth metroplex, I still hear that voice in my ear. My husband calls me Paula “E.” The “E” stands for efficient. If there is a faster, better, and perhaps cheaper way to do something and it still tastes great, I’m all over it.
My obsession with small kitchen appliances started early in my career as a home economist. I taught microwave cooking schools and demonstrated Cuisinart food processors when they were just coming onto the market. I also love bread machines, vacuum-pack machines, blenders, slow cookers, and pressure cookers. I’ve been playing with these modern gadgets for years and long ago got over using them in traditional ways. Vacuum-packing romaine lettuce is a good example.
Among other things, I have 5 grandkids (all live locally, thank you Lord!) who keep me hoppin’. But now that I’m retired (ultrasound technologist), I can usually answer questions promptly. If you have a question or want to reach out, leave me a comment or email me at pzrhodesathotmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
p.s. If you have any kitchen secrets of your own, I’m all ears! My readers have the best ideas.