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How to Save on Meat and Cheese

1:00 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

meat and cheese Time-Tested Ways to Save on Meat and Cheese

 

Buy meat and cheese in bulk and you will be set for several weeks worth of meals.  It will save you money.  With these simple time-tested tips you can save make it simple also.  Learn to store your meats and cheeses without waste! I get asked often about how to save on meats and here are a few tips that will help save you money and time.

  • Ground Beef: Divide it up. Purchase several family-size packages of ground beef at a time. But don’t just toss it in the freezer, divide up your meat into hamburgers, meatballs, etc. Also try dividing it up into 12 oz sections, not 1 lb sections.  This will save you money by cooking with 12 ounces instead of the usual pound and you won’t even miss those couple of ounces, but your pocket book will thank you!
  • Chicken: Cook it in advance.  10 lb bags of legs and thighs are very economical.  You can bring it home, cook it, and shred it, or chop and freeze. A single meal for your family might only mean six thighs or drumsticks.  Once you have cooked it, package in meal size portions in zip top bags and freeze. This will save you a great deal of time and make meal planning easier.  Plus if you have the chicken cooked and ready, you may not grab a convenience meal out!  Saving you money.
  • Cheese: Stick it in the freezer. Buy grated cheese in the 5 pound packets, put it in the freezer as is. When you need some, just thump the bag in the counter a few times and enough cheese will release in a frozen clump.  Once I freeze cheese, I use it for cooking only.
  • Pork: Slice smaller portions. Buy it in big portions, then cut it into slabs yourself. Use the pork for chops, or cut into smaller portions for stir-fries. Freeze the chops in gallon-size zip-top plastic bags. Use quart size bags for a meals worth of the smaller portions.
  • Beef: Cut it or cook it. Cut beef into cubes for stews, or strips for stir-fries. The more cutting you do before your meat hits the freezer, the quicker your meals come together.

 

  • Lunch Meat Savings:  Instead of paying a premium for sliced lunch meat, purchase a whole ham or pre-cooked seasoned turkey breast, and thinly slice the meat making your own lunch meats.  I freeze the sliced meats in 8 ounce packages and put them in the refrigerator the night before I plan to use them for sandwiches.

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How to Help a Stuffy Nose

9:04 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Tip Resouce

If you are suffering with a stuffy nose, try boiling a bit of sage in water.

Breathe the warm moist air.

It helps clear your nose and makes the house smell great too.

 

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How to Clean a Scorched Pan, Making it NEW!

12:15 am

by Jennifer Freeman

clean a scorched pan

Get Stubborn Cooked On Food Off Your Pan Easily! (Not that this has ever happened to me..yeah, right) 

If you have a pan with cooked or scorched food stuck on it, put it on the stove with enough water to cover the cooked-on food and add 1/4 c baking soda. 

Bring to a boil and watch the food begin to flake off.  It  works like magic.

 

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How to Fix Burned Gravy!

8:51 am

by Jennifer Freeman

How To Fix Burned Gravy

 

Don’t throw away burned gravy– there is hope to save the burned gravy!  If you are making gravy and accidentally burn it, here’s how to fix the burned gravy.   Pour it into a clean pan and continue cooking on low heat.   To take the “burned” taste from gravy use sugar.  Add a pinch of sugar, stir, and taste.  If the burned taste isn’t gone, try another pinch of sugar.  Avoid over-sugaring it.  The sugar works to cancel out the burned taste in the gravy.  It really works, I know!

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Tip Resouce Dryer sheets! Even after they have gone through the dryer they have just enough freshness left to still be put to use.  Just place one in the bottom of a clean garbage can, then put in your plastic liner.

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This helps me SO much on the days when I am dragging having a hard time with motivation. Set a timer at 10-15 minutes intervals.  Do as much focused work as possible during that time.  It works wonders in helping to stay focused and work quickly.   I’m motivated and sprinting through the work efficiently knowing the limited time I have to get the task done.  Plus, it makes it seem more like a game to “beat the clock”.    This works wonders for me maybe it will work for you.  I find my work gets completed quicker and I can move onto what I really want to do.

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