Today is just a few reminders on things we can all do to save a few dollars here and there in our kitchens and around the home. It is essential more today than ever, to stretch what we have and save on money.
I know many of these have been shared in the past - just reminders.
Freeze eggs - the price of eggs keeps going up with this avian flu thing going on. If you can get a deal - get them. Freeing eggs is easy and it works great for eggs for baking or cooking. No, you couldn't really use like a hard boiled egg - but other uses work fine.
I manage to keep my bananas fresh for an extended period of time by using a plastic bag and tightly covering the stem part of bananas.
IF my bananas get too ripe - I simply place them in a baggy in the freezer in the peel. When I am ready to use for baking or a smoothy - I let them 'thaw' for a moment or two and remove the skin.
I like dehydrating those tough hard ends of asparagus and grinding. Add to cream of soup! Also, I do the bigger tough okra. Dry, grind and you have a natural soup thickener (promise no slime).
IF growing cabbage - do not pull out the plant when harvesting. Cut the head off and let it continue to grow. You will get several mini heads of cabbage to grow back. The same with broccoli (if it isn't too hot and goes to flower).
- Use less. We all eat too much - and using less not only helps our pocketbooks but our waistlines as well
- Simplify meals
- Leftovers - bits and bobs - freeze in ice cube trays. Gravy, juices, veggies, fruits, etc. - to use n new ways and in new things. I waste no broth from cooking meat in a crockpot - I freeze it. Makes for great flavoring
- Watch clearance and markdowns - get the best price you can.
- If someone wants to give you something - let them. If you can't use it - share with another. I was told by an elderly gentleman years ago - never tun down something free. Someday you may need something and if you burn all your bridges - you may be out of luck!!!!
- If you don't have cookbooks - utilize the computer or the library. There are many, many books available with old time recipes and simple recipes - all of which are tasty.
- Water things down. Not everything has to be used full strength. I not only water down detergents but fruit juice, condensed soups, and I add extra liquid to dry soups. You can extend things with adding a little extra water, milk, juice, or broth
- Serve smaller meat portions. We eat too much meat. Decease the size and make it a side not a main course. Add less meat to soups and casseroles. Extend it as much as possible. I like using bacon grease or other flavorings for flavor - thus I get the meat flavor - just not as much meat.
We can really extend our groceries if we try. We all know soups and casseroles are great ways to extend about any food.
We may have to try new ways to save. Be open to experimenting a bit.
What are some great ideas you have to help save on grocery shopping?