We all have our little tricks on doing things. I love hearing what other people do. I also like to save money and not go out shopping when I see I am out of something.
I like to be able to have options in my own kitchen.
We all do - it is whether we know about them or use them!
Here are a few of MY kitchen tricks!!!
NO bacon - and a recipe calls for it. It depends on what the recipe is - but bacon grease is always in my frig, so I can use that. I keep real bacon bits on hand all the time (great on pizza and in cheesy mac) for salads - so I can use them or I can use bits of ham. Maybe use liquid smoke (it just takes just a bit to get flavor) or ham bouillon. Heck you could even use Spam or canned ham. Many options to replace bacon - no need to make a special grocery trip on an expensive ingredient.
NO tomato sauce - no problem. You can use tomato juice, salsa, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or tomato paste. Most tomato products are pretty inter-changeable.
Need a filling treat for you or the young-ins? Mix a half cup peanut butter with a couple tablespoons of honey and a dash of cinnamon. Sure makes for a yummy sandwich.
Mom used to mix peanut butter with syrup and we would eat on bread or with crackers. That was such a treat!
I don't care how old you are - Smores are a treat! I do things a little different. I made myself a couple goodies this past week! Marshmallows can be heated on your gas stove (using a fork) and I use fudge striped cookies. I get the gooey yum of marshmallow, chocolate and cookie. YUM! Easy, frugal and a great treat for any day of the week!
OUT of bread crumbs? Crush crackers and use - any type of crackers. Cheesy crackers are super good in meat recipes. You can also use oats. I have even used crushed chips (you know the bottom of the bag). You may need to adjust salt if using chips.
It is all good and adds a bit of variety.
Pancake syrup. I have heated a 1/2 C water to almost boiling and then added 1 C honey. Mix well and add in a tsp. of vanilla. Super tasty on pancakes or waffles.
There are many ways to make your own syrup using sugar or artificial sweetener as well. The honey is a natural one!
Poor man's Swiss steak. My Momma made this often when I was home and still do. It is one of my favorites - and it is easy and frugal.
Make burgers and fry till almost done then top with a can of vegetable beef soup and simmer. Serve with mashed potatoes.
Comfort food at it's best!
There is a burger under all that veggie 'gravy'!!!!! So yummy.
So there you have a few of my kitchen tips. Nothing I hate more than being out of something and thinking I need to make a run to the store. I won't do it - no special trips here!!!!! It will just go on the list for later.
I figure out a way to use something else or figure up some new and fun treat or meal. I love putting unlikely things together and coming up with a tasty bite!
Have fun and eat well. Stay frugal my friends!