Cheater’s Broth

Better Than Bouillon

After many years of tossing unfinished cans and cartons of broth, I finally discovered the perfect substitute.  Better Than Bouillon broth bases are concentrated stocks made from real all-natural ingredients.  They come in various flavors with organic, vegetarian, reduced-sodium and kosher varieties.  The jars last a really long time in the fridge (I’ve never had to throw one out before using it up) and when you need some broth, all you have to do is mix the appropriate amount of base with hot water.

The varieties I have tried have all been rich and flavorful, and I’ve been able to find them in most grocery stores.  This is a definite time and money saver you should try for sure.

 

 

Cheater’s Yeast

If you do any baking using yeast and haven’t tried this, you definitely should.  SAF Red Instant Yeast can be used in any recipe in place of active dry yeast and it eliminates the need for proofing or dissolving.  The substitution ratio is 1:1 so you don’t have to make any adjustments in measurements.  It’s simply stirred into the dry ingredients of the recipe.  I keep it in a canister in my refrigerator (for up to 6 months) and it has never failed me.  And even if you only bake yeast recipes occasionally, it can be stored in your freezer for a year or more.  Good stuff.

Cheater’s Oatmeal

If you desire the whole goodness of steel cut oats, but are like me and just don’t have it together enough to plan your breakfast the night before, look for these the next time you’re at the grocery store.  McCann’s Quick and Easy Steel Cut Oats can be made in about 5 minutes.  I don’t know how it works, but it does.  Must be magic.

Try them is this delish Oatmeal Brulee recipe if you find them.  If you don’t, it’s just as delish with regular oats.

*The microwave instructions say to cook on high power, but mine boil over every time that way.  Medium power (50%) works for me, stirring half-way, then letting them sit 2-3 minutes before eating.