Our dinners this week will total $6.50 for a nice
crockpot dinner of pork loin, carrots, onions, green beans and potatoes.
We shop the sales, watching for those $0.50 cans of vegetables that
we purchase in cases and stack in the basement. Couple that
with fresh vegetable sales and drastically reduced meats that
we vacuum seal and freeze, and we can make a meal that
costs pennies per serving for the two of us.
You don't see much meat in the photo but it started out
about 1 1/2 pounds of meat that has become so tender
that it fell apart, which is how I like it.
Every day we do added something to the basic meat and
vegetable mixture, for instance adding flavored vinegar and herbs
or spices to give it a fresh taste.
We just purchased about 6-7 lbs of hamburger for $12 the other
day at our local grocery (that raises and processes their own cattle).
We weighed it out in one pound increments, vacuum sealed them
and popped them into the freezer. We now have hamburger for
around $2.29 per pound as opposed to $4-5 per pound regularly.
My husband is hearing more and more people mention that they are
starting to shop the sales and stocking it in the basement since prices
are going higher every day.
So, grow your gardens plus watch for those great sales!
Remember, the expiration dates are Best By dates. They don't
mean that anything is spoiled as long as the can is in good shape
(don't go past the expiration for infant products though).
I have discussed this with many reverse logistics managers for
very large companies and they all agree, it just tastes better
in year one or two than in year five or six.
We'll be finished with this crock pot dinner by tomorrow which
is good because, being Catholic, we don't eat meat on Friday,
in fact we will probably be at the church enjoying the fish fry!
They have catfish, cod, tilapia (one of them is baked) plus shrimp !
And homemade desserts, YUM.