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by 0 · April 27, 2014 at 1:24 AM

What's the hold time for refrigerating bacon once it's cooked? Also can you freeze cooked bacon? I want to make mini bacon bowls in advance and am not sure exactly how to store them.

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joanna_4 0 · April 27, 2014 at 1:24 AM

i've had bacon still be fine after 4 days but i can't give advice after that since i've eaten it all.

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by 40 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Recently I have been working crazy hours, 16-20 hours at times. Cooking is challenging, I want to maintain the quality of freshness as well. There are 14 hour days and I only get microwave to prep my meals and 2 back to back 14 hour days does... (more)

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Hannah_12 0 · May 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Elena's pantry has some great paleo recipes if you want granola, soup, muffins and pumpkin bars that you can make to throw in your lunch kit. I also like some baking recipes from Detoxinista. When I ate the SAD (standard American diet) I ate... (more)

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by 53 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Pretty self explanatory. I'm having a hard time getting 50% of my calories from fat. Does anyone have any tips on how to balance all of that out? Thanks, Cole

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Gio_1 0 · May 07, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Don't overthink every little dietary detail. If it's real whole unprocessed nourishing food that can be found in nature, just eat, enjoy it and live life.

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by 3280 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

It just occurred to me last night that despite keeping a rigorous and detailed food log, I wasn't paying attention to food preparation methods and possible bacterial contamination. For example, I normally do big cooking in the morning to avoid... (more)

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by 789 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Times have NOT been good paleo-wise lately; got a new full time job with extrememly unpredictable and contradicting scheduling. One day I work graveyard, the next an early morning schedule, the next mid-day or a night time shift. Betweenn that,... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · March 10, 2013 at 5:08 AM

I highly recommend the book Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. It's got great cook once, eat all week paleo recipes.

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by 864 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I'm looking for some good digestion super-boosting fermented foods at whole foods. What's at the top of your list? I've been frequenting the Bubbie's Pickles and Sauerkraut and KimChi.

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blackappy 0 · December 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I really like Ba-Tampte half-sour pickles....they are quite tastey, but they're so easy to make at home, I suggest giving it a whirl. Homemade lacto-fermented (real) sauerkraut is just the best stuff on this planet when combined with a juicy,... (more)

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by 1032 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Fellow PaleoHacks, Does the way you cook/prepare your eggs affect/alter the amount of nutrients you would ultimately end up consuming when you eat them? For instance, is the nutrient density in hard boiled eggs higher/lower in comparison to the... (more)

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raydawg 0 · November 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I tend to cook only the whites to disable the avidin, keeping the yolks as close to raw as possible. The yolks are where the nutrients are. The whites are just a lame source of protein that tends to be an issue without the nutrients. Sometimes... (more)

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by 789 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Going out of town for the weekend, will be busy running around, and may not have access to cooking much, if at all. I'm taking a 3 hour bus ride to get there/back. Any suggestions on how I can primal-y prepare (keeping fat loss in mind)? Thanks! (more)

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YoungPaleoLover 0 · August 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

I would bring fruit (maybe really ripe bananas and oranges so they don't get squished) and a bag of coconut flakes mixed with cacao nibs (so delicious and not full of omega-6s). In addition, canned salmon is delicious and can easily be brought... (more)

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by 671 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

We've all got them since we switched: The foods we now relish and savor and gorge on, those that would otherwise be shunned or deemed gross or wildly unhealthy on the SAD. What is your paleo version of your dirty food secret or (now) non-guilty... (more)

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Heather_18 0 · August 03, 2012 at 4:32 AM

A whole package of proscuitto with my fingers.

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by 789 · September 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

What are your plans to stay primal and celebrate this Independence day?

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Karen 0 · July 03, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Hang out with my tribe, go for a hike, watch the lights in the sky, eat the meat, veg and fruit, don't eat the non-food, play with the kids.

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by 74 · September 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Eating Paleo makes a lot of changes to what and how you eat. It removes processed foods, which were quick and easy to eat, and you need to learn new cooking and food preparation skills. What do you find is the most annoying about meal/food... (more)

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Chinaeskimo 0 · June 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I can't just nuke something and swallow it faster than my brain can protest. Food now takes time which makes it harder to be impulsive. It wasn't something that had ever crossed my mind, until I went to nuke some junk food, realized that I had... (more)

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by 1260 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

So I'm about 3 weeks into a 1-month paleo-challenge and I'm really loving things. I feel great and I've lost several pounds (which was unintended, but I guess it's fine). One thing I do miss, however, is bread. In all forms--sandwiches, tortillas,... (more)

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Kelly_9 0 · May 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I suppose one could cavil at the likelihood that your rinds were from factory-raised pork, but you're not adding weird not-really-food ingredients like guar gum or carageenan to improve texture, so it doesn't seem too faulty to me.

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by 15583 · September 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

As any-one who's tried to cook them will know, kidneys smell pretty awful. In deference to the preferences of my fiance, I've tried to reduce the urine smell by soaking them (as lots of recipes recommend) and then discarding the liquid before... (more)

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AStar 0 · June 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I would be surprised if there was significant loss of nutritional value in a soak in water. The fat soluble vitamins are very unlikely to leach out as they are hydrophobic so vitamin A, D, E, and K are safe. Most of the metals are going to be... (more)

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by 5509 · September 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I have an awful time binging and if I am "loose" with my meal plan, I tend to binge binge binge. I just binged on massive amounts of bacon, eggs, butter and spinach. I can binge on ANYTHING if I give myself any leeway. I don't have "intuitive"... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · March 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

That sounds like very little food to me. I'd be raiding the pantry late at night too. What do you consider a binge? I'm worried about your fruit content here. Later when your blood sugar and gut biota are in a better place add it back in and... (more)

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by 1240 · September 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I really enjoy cooking, but I can't commit serious time to it seven days a week. In additional to cooking large batches of food, what tips can you offer to help save time preparing meals? I'm only feeding myself, for what it's worth.

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Sara_S_ 0 · January 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I think a combination of techniques works great. On the weekend cook up a batch of food that keeps well in the fridge and takes a couple minutes to heat up, such as chicken, broth, meatloaf, curry, stirfry, etc. You can also cook up egg-muffins... (more)

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by 346 · September 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Does anyone own a blender that can do this? I'm think of a Waring Classic Pro but I don't know if it's capable of this. I would prefer it if you only recommend blenders you're sure can do this. I want to be able to toss some veg, including... (more)

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · December 31, 2011 at 6:06 PM

A used Vitamix would be what I would go for...you can get replacement parts, and they are fabulous machines. I just sold an old school one at my yardsale for $25, and the jealous woman who arrived right after I sold it said she'd been scouring... (more)

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by 3742 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Anyone rice anything besides Cauliflower? I'm wondering if broccoli or cabbage might work. A non-cruciferous option would be nice. Bonus points for finding a way to do it with leafy greens :)

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Jess_1 0 · December 13, 2011 at 3:50 AM

I've tried it with broccoli (actually, a mix of broccoli and cauliflower). IMO, it's too strongly flavored to serve the same role, though I suppose it would work well enough in a dish with complementary flavors. One of the benefits of cauliflower... (more)

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by 1683 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Even before I switched to Paleo, I have always heard that organ meats are insanely healthly and everyone could benefit from them...but my problem is, I have never, ever had a bite of organ meat in my life. Mommy focused on chicken, lean beef, lean... (more)

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Jan_1 0 · December 06, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Try canned smoked cod liver, its like poor mans foie gras. Very soft in texture and doesnt much like canned fish at all. Try veal sweetbreads in restaurant.

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by 40 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I'm starting a new job tomorrow that will require me to be at or near my desk for the entire day (no more long lunches), so I decided to take the approach of preparing a mess of meats, veggies, and fats and sticking it all in a freezer bag the... (more)

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Rhubarb 0 · November 28, 2011 at 2:59 AM

I think what you're doing is fine. Proceed.

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by 453 · September 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I'm trying to change the way I shop in order to change the way I eat (Safeway is 5 minutes away, so I'm currently an impulse buyer). What do you buy when you go in the market... looking for ideas.

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April_S_ 0 · October 30, 2011 at 11:53 PM

At Whole Foods: grass-fed beef (New York steak, top sirloin, round eye, milanesa, short ribs, etc.) coconut oil (Dr. Bronner's virgin unrefined), EVOO (Spectrum), macadamia oil (Oils of Aloha) bison raw macadamia nuts organic fruits and... (more)

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by 15966 · September 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

With all the talk of food reward and CIH it occurred to me that perhaps the best thing to keep in mind/tell people to do (if they???re asking for advice) is ???cook all your food.??? I mean eat nothing that you don???t cook from scratch... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · October 02, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Haven't you ever seen a plump peasant woman in fairytales and books? The Babushka is a perfect example. There are plenty of such women in my own family, women who have cooked Old European peasant staples from scratch their entire lives and are... (more)

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by 5002 · September 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I'm going to start buying higher end knives for my kitchen. But the Internet isn't as helpful on this topic as I expected it to be. Surely there must be several PHers with serious knife knowledge, experience, advice, opinions, etc, regarding... (more)

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Jules 0 · August 17, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Hey Eric: in a word, the best knife is the sharp knife that you like best in your hand. It's like trying on a pair of pants - they might look good online, but you will only know if you like them and suit you well if you go try them on. If you're... (more)

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by 10294 · September 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

How did our ancestors cook the foods they ate (or not). Do you think this is important? What can we learn from it? I remember reading anthropology that e.g. the Hadza just throw a monkey on the fire until the outer layers are black and the inner... (more)

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Eluic 0 · August 03, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Go on you tube and watch ray mears wilderness survival show he asks and answers this exact question in the wilderness of the world.

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by 5002 · September 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Just got a new food processor in the mail, which I wasn't expecting (wedding gift). What can I make or do with it?

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Marie 0 · August 02, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Soup, Sauerkraut Gazpacho Pizza (non gluten) Cookies (ditto, the non gluten) Smoothies Gelato Coconut Butter Oh, how I love my food processor, let me count the ways!

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by 20519 · September 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I've noticed over the months that I transitioned to Paleo that I'm having some pangs and concerns with my cooking. Pangs because when I'm requested to make dishes that are non-Paleo, I'm starting to feel a little guilty about feeding unhealthy... (more)

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melimel 0 · July 20, 2011 at 12:59 AM

I don't feel guilty about making non-paleo foods for other people. For me it's easy to go all crazy-restrictive with my diet, whether it's low-carb, paleo, low-fat, ayurvedic, or whatever kick I've been on. The flip side of crazy-restrictive is... (more)