Lazy Budget Chef

Thursday, July 11, 2019

12 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Can Koozies

I never really thought much of that first promotional can koozie (can Koozies look like this for reference) my husband and I got from a street festival. I chucked it into the could be useful but I doubt it we’ll use it cabinet and forgot about it until years later when I pulled a wet soda can out of a cooler with melting ice and the hostess tossed me an insulated can holder to keep me from dropping the slippery can. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links to the items I use for your convenience.)

It kept me drink cold longer in the searing heat that day too. What a concept!

After that I searched the cupboard for those two now deemed useful coolies and found that left unsupervised they multiplied like bunnies into a nice free promotional big beer cozie* family.

*Or coosie (cozy, cosie.) Or huggie. Or bottle hugger. Or beer sleeve. Or bottle jacket. Or the so awesome I can’t decide which name is my favorite: coldy holdy or the Australian stubby holder.

Whatever you can them, I have a bunch of ‘em.

And believe it or not can Koozies are extremely useful beyond their intended purpose of keeping drinks in cans, bottles, or mugs (with a little scissor surgery) hot or cold!!

12 hacks to reuse and recycle insulated bottle and can insulated bottle jacket, koozie, coldy holdy, stubby holder, cozy,
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12 DIY Can Cooler Hacks That Save Money

Tips: You can wash can kosies in the washing machine if they are dirty. Just don’t put them in dryer or they may accidentally melt.

1.Use foam can coolers to protect and store DSLR camera lenses.

I think it’s best  if you use the harder foam guys but the folding neoprene can coolers works well too. You can also pop that guy into a drawstring pouch similar to this one for a much cheaper version of the DSLR lens protector pouches I bought here(kicks self repeatedly after learning this hack a little too late.)

2. Use bottle huggies to protect soft fruit like peaches, nectarines, plums, etc. from bruising in your lunch bag or picnic cooler. 

This works best for round fruit. Odd shaped fruit like bananas still bruise. Trust me. I tried it. It didn’t work. But my peaches survived in my canvas lunch bag all fine and dandy!

3. Use an insulated bottle hugger for a frying pan pot holder 

If you don’t have a hot metal pot or skillet handle cover  handy, you slip a beer sleeve over the handle and use that as a makeshift pot holder.     

4. Use a can cozy to protect breakable glass and china mugs and cups from breaking in a camper or RV.

Slip your breakable cups. mugs, and glasses inside a bottle Koosie (you may have to cut it to fit the handle of a mug,) to keep them from bouncing together and breaking when you are driving down the road to your campsite. I can’t be the only person who’s experienced a wrecked trailer cupboard after driving down bumpy roads under construction, can I?

This tip also works to protect glass condiment, etc. bottles in your rig’s refrigerator too.

5. Use an beer coolie to insulate an outdoor water faucet to  from freezing during the winter.

If you don’t have an insulated water faucet cover like this one (or in my case, lost it over the summer) insulate the outdoor water faucet by covering it with an insulated foam beer kosie in the Fall.

6. Use an insulated bottle holder to quickly ripen avocados.

If you don’t have an avocado ripening bag (it looks like this) which is one of the greatest inventions known to modern man and avocado lovers everywhere, you can quickly ripen a rock hard avocado by popping it into a can Koozie for a few days. It works like a charm!

7. Cut the design from a stack of can coosies to turn them into coasters.

This is a great hack if you end up with a ton of extra wedding can Koosies!

8. Keep your car console clean!

Car cup holder coasters (they look like this) make it easy to clean spills from the cup holders in my car console. Cut a circle from a neoprene bottle holder to size and pop into your cup holders. Easy!

9. Put a huggie over your car’s gear shift to keep it from getting hot in a parked car.

Especially if you have a car with a black interior *raises hand*

10. Protect wet bathroom surfaces from cans with a bottle hugger.

Put the metal can of shaving cream, etc inside a hugger too prevent rust rings from marring wet counter tops , shower tile, etc. My husband skips the shaving cream can altogether and uses zero waste shaving soap like this.

11. Use a can huggie to protect your floors!

Put table or chair legs legs inside a beer sleeve to keep them from scratching your floors. This is especially useful when towing a camper!

12. Use a beer snuggie to protect your toes!

Put each leg of your bed frame into a bottle kozy to keep you from stubbing your toes on them.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Pineapple Spoon Cake Recipe

I usually wait for an invitation to a cookout, BBQ, or party to bake. It’s not that baking is hard. It’s more eating one piece of homemade cake and sharing it with friends and not the entire cake by myself!

I wanted to make a cake that is so delicious that my friends at the cookout and BBQ party wouldn’t realize that it is dairy free so I can enjoy it too. Generally I just swap out the cow milk with almond milk until I remembered someone with a nut allergy was going to be there as well as someone with an egg allergy.

Can you make a crowd pleasing cake that is also dairy, egg, and nut allergy friendly? Yes you can if you make my pineapple spoon cake recipe! 

This cake recipe is perfect for potlucks because it also travels well especially if you use a glass baking dish with a lid like this one that way you don’t have to worry about the glaze leaking out from under plastic wrap that doesn’t stick to anything but itself. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links to the items I used for your convenience.)

best potluck BBQ cookout party dessert pineapple coconut cake recipe
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How to Make Dairy, Egg, and Nut Food Allergy Friendly Pineapple Spoon Cake Recipe

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Best Baked Sweet Potato French Fry Recipe You Will Ever Make!

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by The Spice House, however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. #ad #SummerGrilling #TheSpiceHouse

What is a grilled burger without French fries?

Lonely. That’s what.

best baked sweet potato french fry recipe
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Saturday, May 11, 2019

How to Grill Steak for Beginners

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Hamilton Beach, The Spice House, and BBQGuys however, all opinions are my own. #ad #imabbqguy #HamiltonBeach, #TheSpiceHouse  #SummerGrilling

One of our oldest and dearest best couple friends are moving out of state to start a new adventure. As I was running Saturday errands, I got a text that they sold their house.  I decided to throw them a dinner party to celebrate that evening.

“What? Are you nuts?!” you say. No, not this time because I had an ace up my sleeve. My secret fancy but easy dinner party weapon was already in an reusable insulated shopping bag in the trunk of my car – steak.

I don’t eat steak or, red meat for that matter, very often but when I do it is grilled.  Growing up on Ohio’s North Coast, it was common for dads to trudge outside to grill steaks in the winter snow because, “steaks were meant to be grilled.”

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Spicy Lentil Hummus Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Farmer’s Pantry and Joy Jolt  however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. #ad #SummerGrilling #CornbreadCrisps #joyjolt

Homemade hummus is one of my summer party go tos because it withstands the summer heat longer on a buffet or side table than cream based dips. I will let you in on one of my secrets to serving dips like hummus  that look super fancy with barely any effort:
Martini glasses.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Easy Grilled Maple Asparagus Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Hamilton Beech , and The Spice House, however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. #ad #SummerGrilling #HamiltonBeach #TheSpiceHouse

When it comes to cooking a asparagus as a side dish, I want to do something to bump up the flavor beyond salt and pepper. More often than not, I stare at the spices in my door length spice rack and get overwhelmed when it comes to combining them. That’s when I grab a spice blend like the those found in  The Spice House Best Sellers Collection because I know every spice in that bottle tastes good together and is measured in the proper amount so one spice doesn’t over power another.

Not to mention, my meal planning is usually goes like this: Hey, it’s almost dinner time and I really need a quick side dish. Better throw some vegetables on the Hamilton Beach® Indoor Searing Grill!

Because planning a recipe 2 to 3 minutes before the rest of the meal is ready is how I roll.

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Quick and Easy Grilled Maple Asparagus Recipe

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Blueberry Basil Martini Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Torani and Joy Jolt, however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. #ad #joyjolt #ToraniFlavor #SummerGrilling

One of my summer patio garden must haves is basil. It is easy to grow and versatile, which comes in handy when all of my basil plants decide they need harvesting at the same time. That’s why one my favorite summer cocktails to make is a blueberry basil martini.

The thing is, I don’t make it as often as I like because muddling blueberries is messy and fresh blueberries almost always start to go bad the second I bring them home from the store. Fortunately, there is an easy no mess solution to that – use Torani Blueberry syrup and serve it in a sturdy Joy Jolt martini glass!

Because the other reason I don’t make martinis more often is that I am terrible about accidently breaking the thin stems of my martini glasses, which isn’t an issue with the thick base of my Joy Jolt Carre glasses. See?

easy blueberry basil martini recipe
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