Little things add up. One attitude leads to another.
- Cut the ends off a pepper first. Then slice peppers from the inside out. It will make slicing easier. This works for tomatoes too. Save the ends to chop for cassarole, salads, or pizza.
- Save the ends of your bread (heels) . Why pay upwards of 2.40 cents a pound for someone elses dry bread? Use it for meatballs, breading, toppings for mac and cheese or other cassaroles.
- Buy diced tomatoes with seasonings. Buy the seasonings according to what your family likes. Our family likes to eat italian and Tex mex. So chillis and italian herbs work.
- If you know you are going to make a recipe with jalapeño in it. Try buying the jalapeño cheese instead of regular. I added a 1.25 bag of cheese to my order at Safeways because i needed to come up with a 20 dollar market basket to get a 15 percent discount. I used the cheese in my cornbread instead of adding jalapeños. That saved me a 66 can of chillies. It also kept our cost down to the proverbial five dollar dinner.
- When chopping celery for soup or stews, use the top an bottom of the ribs. Leave the middle for celery sticks.
- Baby carrots are just the culls of the carrots that are cut down and bleached. It cost a dollar for a pound of carrots. Five pounds of carrots are less than three dollars.
- Ends of carrots an celery can be used for chicken stock.
- Butchering you own split chicken breast to make boneless , skinless , chicken breast saves about seven dollars a pound. Throw the rib bones in your slow cooker with water, the ends of carrot and celery and cook on low until the meat falls off the bones. Pick the meat and freeze the stock. Now you have not only saved a lot per pound on your chicken, but you have free chicken stock that costs over two dollars a quart.
- Use the bits of chicken that you pick off the bone for taco meat, cassarole, chicken soup, chicken and dumplings. Burritos, chicken chimichangas, chicken salad. Pulled chicken sandwiches. Etc.
- A few meat dripping can make gravy. No need to buy an expensive gravy mix. All gravy is is the meat drippings, some flour, and water. Some cheap flour and the dripping you throw away. Heat the drippings in a frying pan. While the drippings are on low, shake some flour into the drippings to absorb the fat. Gradually add water and stir with a wisk until the right consistency. Add salt to taste.