Frugal Meals Guest Blog: Cooking from Your STOCKPILE

Guest Blogger today is Diane from Doofy Dizee. She’s a FELLOW Long Island Mom and loves to save money! Diane’s brand new to the blogging world and she’s off to a really fantastic start. Doofy Dizee is all about her blog adventure to hold herself accountable for cutting costs and losing weight. Diane has graciously taken on the task of helping me bring an amazing series about Frugal Meals to all of you! (We all know by now, I’m just not meant to be in the kitchen or grocery store, I am just meant to eat.) Check her out at Doofy Dizee AFTER you read all about Shopping and Cooking in Bulk!

Ahhh… cooking .  Personally, I didn’t start cooking until I got married.  I lived the first 25 years of my life blissfully unaware of the effort it took to put wholesome food on the table every day.   I refer to this period as ‘The Good Ol’ Days’.  The days before I worried about credit card debt, the size of my jeans or gray hairs.

For years, I have watched in awe as my family members and friends whipped up foods with the practiced skill of a professional.   Chicken Francese was made with ease.  Even the baking of homemade cookies seemed monumental to me.

Finally, after 2 kids and 8 years of marriage, I am proud to say I have gotten a handle on boiling, baking , and grilling in the kitchen.  There are even days I manage to have all the food I am preparing ready at the same time.  J

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be sharing some easy and exciting ways to make cooking simple and affordable.  (I should mention “Simple” and “Affordable” are my two favorite words when it comes to cooking.  )

Step 1 to Frugal Cooking : Buy in Bulk

Now, I am not talking about running off to Costco and buying that monster box of cheese, which will go bad long before you have had time to use it all.  Instead, watch for when your local grocery store has a great sale, and stock up.  For example, if your local grocery store is running a sale on Ronzoni pasta for $.69 a box, don’t buy 1, that’s just silly. You buy 5!  If London Broil is $1.99 a pound, buy 2 or 3 pounds.   Don’t get all giddy and buy up the whole shelf. Use your head.  Ask yourself, “Self, do you really need 10 pounds of Lean Chuck Meat?” I bet “self” tells you NO!

The trick to buying in bulk: Knowing what will last on a shelf or in a freezer.  Here is a good reference:

 

Dry Goods

Freezer Items

Odd Items which Freeze Well

  • Pastas & Rice
  • Cereals & Oatmeal
  • Jarred Sauces & Condiments
  • Canned Fruits & Veggies

 

  • Meats  (4-12 months)
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Ice Cream/ Cookie Dough
  • Frozen Juices
  • Pizza Dough
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Chopped Fresh Veggies
  • Bread

 

Some items just do not freeze well including mayonnaise, cream sauces, and lettuces.  The key is to get the food frozen as quickly as possible (which is something I still have trouble doing).

The other trick is actually USING what you buy.  There is nothing worse than finding out an item you bought dirt-cheap, has expired.  Some people keep lists tracking their purchases.   I simply put my new purchases at the back of the shelf and move my older purchases up.  (How easy is this?!)

Two of my favorite recipes to make from my stockpile of food are Veggie Pasta and Veggie Chicken Rice Pilaf .

Do you have any easy & economical recipes you want to share?

Staci Gerardi

Staci loves to write, and loves to share her "take" on everything thrown her way. Movies, entertainment, food, fashion, shopping, money, travel and family. There's nothing off limits at NovemberSunflower.com, and Staci's always telling it like it is: good, bad, and all that lies in between!

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Staci loves to write, and loves to share her "take" on everything thrown her way. Movies, entertainment, food, fashion, shopping, money, travel and family. There's nothing off limits at NovemberSunflower.com, and Staci's always telling it like it is: good, bad, and all that lies in between!

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