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Always Double the Sauce

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You can never have too much sauce. The right sauce can turn something as simple as a bowl of steamed vegetables into an extraordinary meal, but most recipes seem to underestimate the amount needed to achieve such a transformation. When you find a sauce that really blows your mind, you should immediately—without pausing for consideration—double the recipe.

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From a meal prep perspective, the benefits of stocking your fridge and freezer with extra sauce are obvious. If Past You already made a delicious sauce, Present You doesn’t have to; whether it’s a slow-simmering a bolognese or simply whisking some condiments together, there’s one less task standing between you and dinner. Plus, sauces can generally be frozen and reheated without changing their flavor or texture, which gives them a serious edge over other leftovers.

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Doubling sauce recipes will also make you a better cook. I’m completely serious: Sauces should always be seasoned to taste, so their ingredient ratios are more of a jumping-off point for negotiations than a strict set of rules. If you’re used to following recipes to the letter, making and seasoning a double batch of your favorite sauce is an excellent way to ease into experimentation—which will give you the confidence to keep trying new spices, seasonings, and salt contents.

Very few sauces can’t be made in advance, so the best place to start is wherever you want. I make massive batches of red sauce because all of my comfort foods—pizza, eggplant parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs—involve red sauce and cheese. (My go-to recipe is the same one I use for stuffed crust pizza.) Spicy peanut sauce is another house favorite, as is the classic stir-fry seasoning blend of soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and Shaoxing wine. Mixing condiments together doesn’t take long, but if I’m not simultaneously rushing to get my stir-fry mise en place sorted I can spend a little extra time perfecting the sauce’s flavor balance. Don’t limit yourself to standalone sauces, either; my favorite recipe for Instant Pot butter chicken has you set aside half of the gravy for a future batch, which is genius.

Even if you’re change-averse, making extra sauce will quickly become habit because it makes future meals that much easier to throw together. So, the next time you try a recipe with a fantastic sauce, make a note to double it—you’ll be so happy you did.

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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