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Finally, A Way For Anyone To Easily Make Their Own Instant Noodles!

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Finally, A Way For Anyone To Easily Make Their Own Instant Noodles!

Do you love instant noodles, but not the extremely high sodium or overly-processed ingredients? Making your own instant noodles isn’t as hard as you might think! Plus, there are significant advantages to cooking your own food whenever you can: picking the ingredients yourself means you’re more likely to choose healthier ones, it’s often better for the environment, and it can even save you money. Also, fresh ingredients make everything taste ten times better.

So who says instant noodles have to be processed beyond recognition? Try some recipes from Serious Eats in their DIY instant noodle feature. Here’s a snippet of their “Spicy Kimchi Beef” recipe below, check out the article for full instructions:

The Food Lab: Make Your Own Just-Add-Hot-Water Instant Noodles (and Make Your Coworkers Jealous) | J. Kenji López-Alt

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How to Make Spicy Kimchi Beef Flavored Instant Noodles

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    According to the article, this instant noodle recipe is inspired by “Shin Ramyun, the spicy Korean instant noodles flavored with kimchi and beef”. They have created their own DIY version of the popular flavor for a perfectly zesty and quick lunch you can bring with you.

    The Ingredients:

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      The recipe includes shiitake mushrooms, beef jerky, kimchi, chili-garlic sauce, scallions, noodles (of course), and beef base with a personal recommendation for which base to buy from the author. Of course, you can skip or substitute as you need!

      The Flavor Base:

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        Forget flavor powder, apparently a moist flavor base is the way to go. They recommend using a moist flavor base “made with a high proportion of real meat” like Better Than Bouillon. A tablespoon of the stuff is all you need to get amazing flavor.

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        Build the Flavor Packet

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          More delicate (read: easy to wilt) ingredients that add the finishing flavorful touch, like chopped scallions, are hard to keep fresh in the container. The author solved this problem by putting their herbs and veggies in a separate ziplock baggy, then folding the baggy and stuffing it into the jar. You’ll simply take the bag out when you’re ready to eat and mix the herbs and veggies in.

          Pack it for Lunch and Add Boiling Water

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            When you’re ready to eat your delicious noodle creation, all you have to do is open your container and pour in some hot water. If you have no hot water machine at your office or any way to boil water yourself, the author suggests trying the nearest deli. If you ask nicely, they will probably give you some hot water to use for your noodles.

            Eat

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              Yum, the final product looks genuinely delicious. You’ll make all your co-workers jealous.

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              Featured photo credit: DIY Noodles/J. Kenji López-Alt via seriouseats.com

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              Last Updated on January 13, 2022

              10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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              10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

              A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

              To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

              1. Camping

              A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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              2. Staycation

              You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

              3. Island Getaway

              People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

              4. Fancy Resort

              Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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              5. Road Trip

              The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

              6. Charter a Boat

              If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

              7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

              If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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              8. Themed Retreats

              There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

              9. Working Honeymoon

              Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

              10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

              Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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