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In Response to RE: Saving money on food- budgeting and planning meals by slee15
Mmm!, Mmmm! Turkey season. They had them on sale for $0.68lb so got 3. 1 thawing now and will cook it and slice the meat for the freezer, boil the carcus, save some of the fat, and giblets for broth for my Thanksgiving dressing and use the bits and pieces of meat for a big pot of turkey vegetable soup. 1 will stay in the freezer and come out Tuesday for Thanksgiving dinner and the other will wait till Christmas. Cheap meat, a lot better than paying $4.99/lb for deli turkey. The Critters are waiting their share too. I always give them the carcus minus the splintery leg and wing bones after I get through pressure cooking it for broth. THe bones are soft and they love it.
Went grocery shopping today so loaded up on things like dry beans, split peas, lentils, rice and chicken leg quarters.
Cold weather is the time for stepping up those easy crockpot meals. Saw a little 2 qt crockpot at Walmat that would be perfect for some of you singles out there. Just 1/4 all the recipes as they are usually written to serve 4 people. make you a batch of biscuits. bake them till amost done and freeze them then take 2 out at a time and bake them in the toaster oven and you would have it made. Cheap and tasty. Something about coming in from the cold to a big pot of hot chilli, chicken and rice, lentil stew, split peas and ham, or camp stew that seems to warm you to the toes. throw in a big pan of hot corn bread or biscuits, and some hot rice or bread pudding for dessert and you have the poster child for cheap and easy filling meals
. Since the grandson is a diabetic and is usually here on weekends, I use splenda in my pudding, really can't tell much difference myself and I don't need the calories any more than he does and I am not a diabetic.
Have been doing some experimenting this fall with using splenda in jams, jellies, and some pickles. The jam was good. Haven't tried the pickles yet. Have to use a special sure gel if not using sugar and pressure can it as splenda does not act as a preservative like sugar but the orange marmalade it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Didn't even tell the kids it didn't have sugar in it and they gobbled it up with no hesitation. Made the kids peel and save their orange peelings from the fruit bowl and chopped it up and put it in the freezer until I had enough. Used plain old frozen orange juice for the liquid.. Also made some grape jelly from just canned grape juice. Never had done it before and havent opened any of the grape jelly yet but anxious to see how it turned out.