Stretching Your Meat Budget

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Last week I covered replacing paper napkins with cloth napkins. One of my favorite links last week was from Sharon and her recipe for homemade laundry soap. Although I am not that ambitious, I love the idea!

This week I wanted to focus on meat. One of the most expensive items for a meal is the meat. We are a meat and potatoes family and most meals do contain some sort of meat. There are two things you can do to stretch your meat budget: buy at a rock bottom price and make several meals out of one large piece of meat.

Buying meat at a rock bottom price means to buy it when it is on sale for the lowest price.Let’s take chicken breasts for example. When skinless boneless chicken breasts are on sale for $1.89 or less, I buy. This is my rock bottom price. If they are above that price, I play the waiting game. When the chicken breasts reach my price point, I stock-up. Flash freeze chicken breasts by placing them on a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer. When they are frozen solid, transfer them to freezer bags. I also freeze sausage, pork chops and steaks when they are at a rock bottom price.

Another thing I have been doing more frequently is to cook a large piece of meat and make several meals from it. This week I was able to get a 5lb fresh turkey breast on markdown for $3. I have made three meals from it and I still have leftovers. To reduce the boredom with your menu that consists of the same meat, make completely different meals from it. We enjoyed Turkey and Mashed potatoes, Southwestern Turkey Soup and a Turkey Pot Pie this week. Other meats to try are a whole chicken or a pot roast. There are many recipes that pair well with leftover chicken and roast. One of the best things about using leftover meat is that it cuts down on the preparation and cooking time- dinner in a flash, on a budget and tasty!

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