Savvy Eats

Julie is the writer behind Savvy Eats, where she writes about easy seasonal recipes, cooking how-tos, and food preservation.

Charred Tomato and Garlic Salsa

It’s salsa time! Taco salads, burrito bowls, and tacos regularly make an appearance on our dinner table year-round. It is just so easy to season some leftover protein or cook up a batch of beans or lentils, combine it with a whole mess of veggies and some avocado, and call it dinner ....more

Peach Pit Jelly

I made one last thing with my peaches from peach pit jelly! I first heard about this from Cassie last year, and I was immediately intrigued. I hate how tossing the pits and peels feels like you are throwing away 1/3 of a peach, so I loved finding a way to put them to use before discarding them entirely ....more

Peach Caramel Sauce

I first found the idea of pear caramel sauce in Preserving by the Pint...more

Jalapeño Cream Cheese Stuffed Burgers

It’s official: there’s a new favorite burger in town, and there is no turning back. We stuffed beef patties with a cream cheese and pepper jelly mixture, sealed them shut, and threw them on the grill. First of all, these stuffed burgers are so flavorful and moist on their own that we prefer them without many other adornments ....more

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

Tomatoes are at their peak here (i.e.: they finally cost less than July’s $5/pound), and I’m determined to find some new ways to preserve them this year. Last year, I made some salsa and froze some tomato paste, but did most of my tomato canning in the form of crushed tomatoes. That’s all well and good, but a lot of nights, I don’t want to have to cook my crushed tomatoes down into sauce – I just want to open the jar and have it be ready to use! ...more

Coconut Pecan Peach Conserve (+Giveaway)

This post is sponsored by Thanks for the supporting the brands that help me run Savvy Eats. Peach preservation is an all-or-nothing endeavor for me, it seems ....more

How to Store Crackers

Now that we’ve learned how easy it is to make your own crackers, let’s talk about how to store them so that they don’t get soft and stale. You’ve just saved money on ingredients and cut out all the additives and chemicals – don’t let that work go to waste! I tested four methods of storing my cheddar snack crackers...more

Cheddar Snack Crackers

Crackers have long been on my “try to make these from scratch” list, but for some reason, I’ve always put them off. I think I expected the rolling process to be a total pain. I thought it would take forever to get the dough rolled out to that super-thin 1/8” thickness, and they wouldn’t be worth the cost savings in the end ....more

Lemon Curd Sugar Cookies

I was sorting through my preserves the other day, clearing room on the shelves for my most recent rounds of canning, and I came across my last few 4 ounce jars of lemon curd. (I know, you’d think that canning lemon curd would be a no-go, thanks to the eggs and butter, but there is a safe recipe in...more

Forbidden Island

In Forbidden Island, players must work together to collect four treasures from around an island before the island sinks away into the ocean. It is another cooperative game where each turn ends with the situation getting just a little more difficult (see also:...more