Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Cleaning and Eating with Hormel Foods - #HormelFamily

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We know your secret – you spent more time inside this winter, but not necessarily organizing! No worries, though, as these tips from Hormel Foods and the first few days of sunshine will provide all the inspiration you need to kick-off spring cleaning (starting with the kitchen, of course)!

· Clear the Countertops: At one time or another, perhaps with our cutting boards wedged between the toaster and someone’s homework, we’ve all exclaimed “I need more space!” This year, take your cooking destiny in your own hands by storing your appliances and knick knacks in easy-to-access cabinets or drawers. The more space you clear from your countertops, the more elbow room you’ll have for tasks like mixing, baking, decorating, or any other weeknight routines.

· Check the Storage Spaces: “Waste not, want not.” When we’re about to throw something away, memories of our parents’ words of wisdom can often trigger guilt. While cutting back on waste is important for our wallets (and our planet!), that six-month old jar of half-eaten mystery sauce isn’t helping anyone. Wipe the slate clean by trashing expired ingredients and brainstorming ways to use the others. Once you’ve tackled your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry, check in weekly to ensure you’re using your freshest ingredients, and wasting as little as possible.

· Reward Yourself: Now that your kitchen is spotless, enjoy it for a day or two. Pop a fully-cooked HORMEL® refrigerated entrée into the microwave oven for a no-mess classic dinner, or let your family choose one of the three meal ideas on the front of the package for a low-mess option.
I don't have much kitchen counter space to begin with and the overload of appliances and dishes was starting to take over.  So, the other day, I cleared the countertops and cabinets of any pieces I haven't used in a while.  I also cleared out my fridge of expired and unwanted food.  It felt good to start with a clean slate.  Afterwards, I rewarded myself and my helpers (a.k.a. my two teen boys) with Hormel Roasted Chicken Breasts & Gravy.  With two cook options available - microwave and skillet - I elected for the stovetop choice.  I'd never had this particular meal before and was actually surprised at how tender and moist the chicken tasted.  In just eight minutes, I had four perfectly cooked chicken breasts covered in gravy.  The meat was paired with spinach and rice for a tasty meal. 
What are your spring cleaning tips?  Have you ever cooked with Hormel refrigerated entrees?


Sue Hull said...

I'm moving so I'm spring cleaning in the process. I always say if I haven't used or worn it in 6 months its going to be donated or tossed in the trash. I live in a 1 bdrm apt so I have a small kitchen and not much counter space.When I move I'm only having my microwave and keurig on the counter.Everything else will be in the bottom cupboards.I didn't even know Hormel made these kinds of meals.Definitely going to have to try one.