15 Money-Saving Tips in the Kitchen

The Kitchn's Best of 2012

If you are cooking your meals instead of eating out, you are already saving a lot of money — but these 15 tips offer ways to save even more. This year we showed you how to extend the life of delicate (and pricey!) summer berries, instantly improve the taste of inexpensive balsamic vinegar, vacuum seal without any special equipment, preserve fresh herbs by freezing them in olive oil, and more money-saving tricks to make the most of your grocery shopping budget.

TOP ROW
• 1 Freeze & Preserve Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil
• 2 Smart Tip: Use a Canning Jar to Keep Leftover Wine Fresh For Up to a Week
• 3 Quick Tip: Freeze Citrus Zest
• 4 Smart Tip: Keep Berries Fresh Longer With This Washing Method
• 5 Budget Tip: Instantly Age Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar for Higher Quality Taste

MIDDLE ROW
• 6 Regrowing Celery: Grow a New Bunch Indoors or Outdoors
• 7 Smart Tip: Beer Brewers, Turn Your Spent Grains Into Muffins
• 8 Budget Wine: 5 Tips to Save You Money on Wine
• 9 Budget Tip: How to Vacuum Seal Food Without a Vacuum Sealing Machine
• 10 Smart Tip: Freeze Leftover Egg Whites and Yolks

BOTTOM ROW
• 11 3 Ways to Save Money on Quick, Convenient Breakfasts
• 12 Regrowing Green Onions: Grow Your Scallions Back on Your Windowsill
• 13 5 Tips for Budget-Friendly Holiday Baking
• 14 When Buying From Bulk Bins: It's OK to Buy Less
• 15 The Secret of Eating Cheap & Thrifty — Yet Staying Happy About It

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Welcome to The Kitchn's Best of 2012 roundup! From December 17 through January 1 we are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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