How to Make Sushi at Home

How to Make Sushi at Home

My friend, Chef Nik Gastfield, was recently featured on a local morning show (The Jam TV Show). The 3-minute clip is packed with great tips to help you learn how to make sushi at home. It’s super easy to do, all you need is:

  • Your fish (and other ingredients of your choosing)
  • A knife
  • A cucumber wrap

I suggest you check out the video below, featuring Chef Nik Gastfield from AO Sushi to learn a couple things about making sushi at home.

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Economical Travel Tips: 5 Ways to Save Money While Traveling

Economical Travel Tips

Traveling is fun, there is no better way to put it. Nothing beats exploring new cities, parks, beaches and restaurants. The downfall is that traveling can also be very expensive. This month I am taking a trip to the Southwest United States to explore some national parks. I am beyond excited, but naturally also looking to save some dough while still having an awesome trip.

So, since I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic the past couple weeks I thought I would share some Economical Travel Tips that help me save money while traveling.

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Food Truck Economics: Breaking Down the Revolution

Food Trucks Economics Main

Food Truck economics check out. Not only do Food Trucks churn out awesome and unique food, they are also extremely economical; helping both chefs and patrons everywhere. Don’t believe me? Let’s break it down.

Food truck economics broken down.

A modest food truck (fully decked out with cooking equipment) will run you anywhere between $30,000 and $100,000. Let’s call it $75,000. Fixed cost, done.

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The Five Best Summer Avocado Recipes

The Five Best Summer Avocado Recipes

Summer is flying by like usual. There are so many things I want to do before it ends, and cook as well. Certain recipes are just better during the warm weather and I want to enjoy them while I can! Luckily, there is still plenty of time until the seasons turn (hopefully), and to motivate myself I decided to look at the Five Best Summer Avocado Recipes I could find.

The avocado (the California avocado at least) goes in season during the summer, and is a versatile and fresh ingredient that can be used in countless summer recipes. On top of that, it’s growing in popularity like crazy.

On average, about 44 million pounds of avocados were sold each WEEK in 2019 so far according to the Hass Avocado Board. Compare that to 2004 when it was hovering at around 12-13 million pounds per week -. It nearly quadrupled!

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What $7 is Worth in Food

What $7 is Worth in Food

“What $7 is Worth in Food” is something I think about almost daily. I am a relatively cheap person, as you can tell by the name of this site and by the fact that I break down the costs of every single recipe I put on Economical Chef. Oftentimes, when thinking about buying something or reflecting on a recent purchase, I use the expression, “I could have bought X burritos with that…” Of course, referring to $7 Chipotle chicken burritos. A little lost? Here is a quick example of what goes on in my head:

*buys $20 pair of shorts*

*Immediately thinks, “Was that really worth 3 burritos?”*

*most likely returns shorts*

Strange? Practical? Either way, it can be a pretty fun exercise to run through:

  • Every wonder how many burritos you could have gotten with your $200 plane ticket? The answer is 28 and a half.
  • Did you just get a $1,000/year raise at work and want to spend it all on burritos. Well, you are in for a treat because you can get 2.74 burritos per week with your new found cash.
  • Thinking twice about the $100 is custom fit clothes you just bought? You should because that is worth 14 and a quarter burritos. Two weeks straight of burritos!

Before Now that I have gotten carried away, I want to make the practical argument for this way of thinking. Not only is this a fun exercise (for me at least), but it’s saved me from a couple $50 dinners I realized I didn’t actually want because when it came down to it, that’s equivalent to one burrito every night for a week. Is the $50 dinner really 7 times as good as a burrito? No, it’s not even twice as good usually. It might actually be worse…

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Why You Should Home-Brew Coffee

Home-Brew Coffee Beans

Nothing grinds my gears (coffee beans?) more than listening to someone explain why they stop at Starbucks everyday for coffee. There is no good explanation for it. $3+ for a cup of coffee every day?!

Stop.

That’s $15 a week (assuming you don’t go on the weekends which I know you do), $60 a month, or $720 a year! How much would it cost to home-brew coffee? Less than 5% of that cost…

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The 5 Best Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

The 5 Best Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Fall is upon us, and so is pumpkin season – for better or worse. The list of products (and I said products, not food) containing pumpkin or pumpkin spice gets longer and longer each year. Some of the recent “highlights” include pumpkin deodorant, pumpkin spice toothpaste and pumpkin Pringles. It’s a weird list. To try to balance things out, I put together a list of The 5 Best Healthy Pumpkin Recipes I could find.

Pumpkin itself is a relatively healthy ingredient so putting together this list was fairly easy. From pasta to baked goods, pumpkin is a useful, seasonal ingredient that can be used in a lot of different recipes. I hope you enjoy some of the healthy recipes below that caught my eye.

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Five Spring Recipe Ideas to Make This Year

Five Spring Recipes to Make This Year

The weather is finally warming up and I am beginning to crave some fresher, Spring recipes. To get motivated for this new season I put together a list of Five Spring Recipe Ideas to Make This Year.

Five Spring Recipe Ideas - FSM
Quick Meme

If you haven’t seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall then that meme went right over your head. You should check it out – it’s a top 5 comedy of all time, no doubt.

Getting back on track, there are a lot of fresh vegetables and other ingredients that are in season this time of year. It’s great to take advantage of in season produce because it’s usually more affordable and also tastes crisper, more vibrant and all around better. You can check out the full rundown of ingredients that are in season right now in either of these detailed lists:

Some highlights from both of the lists include:

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Top 11 Economical Kitchen Tools

Top 11 Economical Kitchen Tools

I have officially been creating recipes on Economical Chef for 7 months now and cooking for myself much longer than that. I’ve used a lot of different kitchen products during that time and have discovered some great tools. I’ve also, unfortunately, discovered some not so great tools. I thought it would be useful to share the Top 11 Economical Kitchen Tools that I’ve used or are still using – perfect for any new, or even seasoned cook. Some of my favorite resources are here too, but below is the go-to top 11 list.

All of the Top 11 Economical Kitchen Tools can be found on Amazon, so there are no excuses for not snagging them now if you need them.

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