9 Things Helping Our Editors Keep Their 2020 Resolutions

What's helping us go vegan, reduce waste, and cook more often

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Our Top Picks

Try Veganuary: Miyoko's European Style Cultured Vegan Butter at Miyokos

"A vegan butter that I will crave even after my vegan experiment is complete"

Grind Spices at Home: Mueller Austria HyperGrind Spice/Coffee Grinder at Amazon

"Nothing that comes out of a box retains the kind of potency that gives really great Indian food its signature punch."

No More Sad Desk Lunches: Bruntmor Cast Iron Dutch Oven and Skillet at Amazon

"I've already used it to make bread once and have successfully brought my lunch all three working days of 2020."

Cook More Traditional Chinese Recipes: China: The Cookbook at Amazon

"With 650 recipes, it's one of the most comprehensive collections out there."

Bring Lunch to Work: Easylunchboxes at Amazon

"These meal prep containers keep my portions in check and are great for leftovers."

Cook More Often: Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes at Amazon

"Roman’s passion for cooking is evident on each page, but her recipes aren’t too complicated for beginners."

Cut Back on Caffeine: teapigs Super Fruit Tea at Amazon

"This fruity, naturally caffeine-free tea from teapigs is actually of a favorite of mine year round."

Use Less Plastic: Vandoona Reusable Mesh Produce Bags at Amazon

"Transparent enough for the cashier to see what's inside and the assorted sizes work for whatever I need."

Create Less Food Waste: Food Huggers at Amazon

"I now have a set of silicone ‘huggers’ which wrap around produce—like onions, lemons, and cucumbers—and create an airtight seal."

Try Veganuary: Miyoko's European Style Cultured Vegan Butter

Miyoko's European Style Cultured Vegan Butter

Courtesy of Miyoko's

Because of Veganuary, all sorts of new foods are crossing my lips for the first time. This butter has been the most exciting one: It is a butter that I will crave even after my vegan experiment is complete. I made it precisely 36 hours before I realized that I did not want to go without butter anymore. I am new to plant substitutes so I'm surprised by how good this is. This butter smells like butter, and tastes a lot like butter with a tiny tanginess that makes cultured butter is so pleasing. A butter knife slides pleasantly through it when cutting pats for toast and it made my parsnips taste positively buttery last night. It was a wild success on popcorn, and I can't wait to try making a pie crust with it.

Heather Ramsdell, Editorial Director

Grind Spices at Home: Mueller Austria HyperGrind Precision Electric Spice/Coffee Grinder

I resolve to go back to grinding my own spice blends 100% of the time, like my mom did—and does—in her home and restaurant cooking. After discovering a truly excellent boxed mix at a reputable international grocer, I only busted out the coffee grinder when I ran out of the mix, like some kind of masala junkie. Over the holidays, Mom handed out jars of her powdered gold to everyone on her list. Using this ultra-fresh garam masala in old classics and new dishes from The Spruce Eats' recipe section has reminded me that nothing that comes out of a box retains the kind of potency that gives really great Indian food its signature punch. As a result, I'm upgrading my old, not-so-great coffee grinder to a brand-new one, freshening my store of whole spices, and keeping it all somewhere easy to access. 

Jess Kapadia, Food Editor

No More Sad Desk Lunches: Bruntmor Cast Iron Dutch Oven and Skillet

I try to keep my resolutions simple and straightforward. My resolutions last year were to learn how to bake bread and to actually bring my lunch more often. I accomplished the first one (check out my Instagram to see some of the evidence), but I quickly fell off the second. This year I want to continue my breadventures and actually stick to the bringing lunch one. So I asked my wife for this awesome dutch oven/cast iron skillet combo deal this year for Hannukah figuring I could use it to continue to hone my sourdough craft while also making soups, stews etc which are great for not sad desk lunches. I've already used it to make bread once and have successfully brought my lunch all three working days of 2020.  

Eric Handelsman, General Manager

Cook More Traditional Chinese Recipes: China

Every year, I resolve to cook more and 2019 was the first year I'd deem a semi-success. Not only did I try a lot of new recipes, but I also solidified my list of "staples," dishes that I've gotten good at prepping and don't mind making and eating again and again. My 2020 resolution is a spin on that—not only do I hope to cook even more, but I'm specifically aiming to make more traditional Chinese recipes. I'd love to learn some from my dad (who has worked as a cook since immigrating to the States 30-plus years ago), but also plan on finally buying this cookbook. With 650 recipes, it's one of the most comprehensive collections out there—I'll be starting with the Cantonese classics I grew up with and hopping over to other regions of China as I get more familiar with the ingredients and cooking techniques.

Patty Lee, Food Editor

Bring Lunch to Work: Easylunchboxes

Bringing my lunch to work and eating healthier are two big goals in 2020 for me. These meal prep containers keep my portions in check and I enjoy filling the compartments with whatever leftovers I have on hand. These aren't glass (but are BPA-free) which I usually opt for since glass can be heavy to carry in my bag.

Dwyer Frame, Senior Editorial Director of Commerce

Cook More Often: Dining In

After moving into my first Brooklyn apartment, I promised myself that I would entertain and cook more in 2020, and Alison Roman’s Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes is helping me with both of those resolutions. Roman’s passion for cooking is evident on each page, but her recipes aren’t too complicated for beginners with small kitchens to master. I love that she uses interesting ingredients that aren’t overly hard to find—like anchovies or squid—but will make you feel like you’re expanding your culinary horizons. Standout recipes include her crisp smashed potatoes and roasted tomato and anchovy bucatini. If you’re looking for an approachable cookbook that will get you cooking more in 2020, Dining In deserves a spot on your shelf.

Katherine Louie, Commerce Editor

Cut Back on Caffeine: teapigs Super Fruit Tea

I love a strong cup of black tea or coffee, but I know that sipping on cup after cup well into the afternoon probably isn't doing my sleep cycle any favors. In 2020, I'm trying to dial back on the caffeine and turn to herbal tea in favor of a second (or third...) caffeinated drink. This variety from teapigs is actually of a favorite of mine year round—in the winter, it's fruity enough to satisfy my sugar cravings and in the summer, its strong flavor makes it the perfect pick when I'm brewing up a big batch of iced tea.

Kate Geraghty, Commerce Editor

Use Less Plastic: Vandoona Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

I'm trying to make my diet more plant-based—for my health and the environment—and I recently had my first trip to the grocery store after the switch. After spending the majority of my time in the produce section and loading up my cart with a pile of plastic bags, I realized I may be replacing one problem with another. I bought these bags right then and there. I chose this brand because they're transparent enough for the cashier to see what's inside and the assorted sizes work for whatever I need.

Julia Warren, Director of Product Testing

Create Less Food Waste: Food Huggers

I’m not proud to admit it, but I throw away a lot of unused produce. This year, I’m trying to keep my waste—both food and single-use plastic wrap, foil, and Ziploc baggies—in check by using Food Huggers. Rather than having a crisper drawer filled with fogged-up plastic baggies, I now have a set of bright silicone "huggers" which wrap around half-used produce—like onions, lemons, and cucumbers—and create an airtight seal. The silicone is BPA free and they’re washable, so you can use them time and time again. The pack I bought comes with five different sizes so you can make sure you have the right fit. They also make specially shaped ones for butter. 

Chelsea Stuart, Lifestyle Editor, Full Product Reviews

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