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    3KillerBs
    Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:58 pm
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    One ham bone usualy doesn't have enough scrap on it for my family, so I wrap them as they occur and use them all at once later on.

    We just had a yummy batch of pea soup the other day.
    Gingernut
    Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:33 pm
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    Just a quicky on potato eyes ... leave them out! They contain high concentrations of toxins.

    You can get a *truly* free meal by planting the eyes in a pot of soil ... voila! Free potatoes!
    Kzim4
    Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:44 pm
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    Gingernut wrote:
    Just a quicky on potato eyes ... leave them out! They contain high concentrations of toxins.

    You can get a *truly* free meal by planting the eyes in a pot of soil ... voila! Free potatoes!


    Thanks for this tip. I've been wanting to grow potatoes, and I think I'll try this. Any other advice?
    Gingernut
    Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:14 pm
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    Do a bit of googling, as I have never actually done it myself! I think you need to leave a fair bit of potato "flesh" around the eyes, to "feed" the eye so it can grow.
    tasb
    Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:35 am
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    I grow potatoes in my garden and I just cut potatoes into halves or how ever many pieces as their are eyes on the potato.

    They are the easiest to grow. If you do them in a pot just remember that the potatoes actually grow above the potato piece so start them out in 3/4 of the pot then add soil as you start to see them popping out of the dirt. In my garden I have to go around lifting the potato plants and shoveling more dirt on the mounds.

    One year I did grow baby potatoes from just sprouted skins, they were only teeny tiny baby potatoes though. It seems the bigger the piece the bigger the potatoes that grow.
    datadoll
    Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:11 pm
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    Beef Barley soup was my cheapy meal this week. Round steak was on sale for $1.99. A package of barley is under a dollar and 1/2 cup makes a lot of soup. And tasty too!
    debiej
    Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:30 pm
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    i dont know if i have a setting wrong but i find all kinds of small boxes with a red x then the word icon then different small words like biggrin.grf

    what are these things ty debbie
    anne in apex
    Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:39 pm
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    The red Xs are probably from images that were inserted in the thread way back when it was started, but aren't available any more. The other thing is smileys that don't work right with the new site. If you refresh the page once (or twice) they should show up. They do make it hard to read, don't they?
    JanieTeachGal
    Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:25 pm
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    Or...possibly pictures included from another site that have been changed, taken down, etc.
    debiej
    Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:54 am
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    thank you so much debbie
    Stitchensu
    Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:49 am
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    My cheapest meal is anything made from leftovers. I don't like to eat the same thing day after day. Although I don't get complaints when I do reserve. But I figure if I can make a new meal out of bits and pieces of leftover then the meal is basically free! I had a small amount of leftover chicken, several containers of different vegie's (which I rinsed to remove conflicting seasonings) and some buttermilk that needed to used up. I made a chicken potpie. I only added a can of chicken soup and the flour to make the crust. We ate it for dinner and DH and I had those leftovers for lunch.
    I think the best way to save money on food is to use leftovers. I'm not always great about doing that so when something really works out I brag about it to the family and expect cheers for my efforts icon_lol.gif
    Chef shapeweaver ©
    Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:17 pm
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    I know this isn't exactly a meal, but maybe it can give you
    a couple of ideas,
    I took leftover cornbread from
    Kato's Cornbread ( but I guess you could use any recipe)

    Use the leftovers from the cornbread to make this:
    Cornbread Meatloaf

    And with the meatloaf leftovers I made some spaghetti
    Momto3
    Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:34 pm
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    Love this thread!

    My cheapie meal last night.. Butternut Squash "Pilaf". I cooked up three cups of brown rice and added to that 2 butternut squash ($1 each at the farmers market last week) that were diced and roasted in the oven in the morning and about a half cup of parmasean/romano shakey cheese icon_biggrin.gif . This was a serious hit even with the two boys (5&7).

    My cheapie meal on Wednesday.. Whole Wheat Penne with a sauce made from 1 lg can diced tomatoes, 1 diced eggplant ($1 at the same farmers market), 3 cloves garlic, and 1 box frozen spinach that's been sitting in my freezer forever and a day. I cooked the eggplant in a bit of oil with the garlic then added the diced tomates and defrosted spinach. I cooked the whole mix down for about 30 minutes then served it over the penne pasta.

    I am trying to eliminate meat a few days a week for diet and buget concerns and these were two of the recipes I came up with after my trip to the farmers market. Last Sunday we had Spaghetti Squash with a jar of Alfredo Sauce and some green beans. On Monday we had a yummy version of baked ziti that used cottage cheese in place of the ricotta and zucchini (3 for $2.25 at that farmers market) in place of the pasta. It was really really good.

    Cindy[/recipe]
    lolablitz
    Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:17 pm
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    Hi, I'm pretty new to the forums icon_smile.gif

    Question about the stock: what do you store it in for freezing? I've been making my own stock for about 2 years now and loooooove it, but then I'm at a loss as to what to do with the leftovers. I tried gallon bags but they're tricky to thaw and not very efficient.

    TIA!
    lolablitz
    Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:17 pm
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    Momto3 wrote:
    Love this thread!

    My cheapie meal last night.. Butternut Squash "Pilaf". I cooked up three cups of brown rice and added to that 2 butternut squash ($1 each at the farmers market last week) that were diced and roasted in the oven in the morning and about a half cup of parmasean/romano shakey cheese icon_biggrin.gif . This was a serious hit even with the two boys (5&7).

    My cheapie meal on Wednesday.. Whole Wheat Penne with a sauce made from 1 lg can diced tomatoes, 1 diced eggplant ($1 at the same farmers market), 3 cloves garlic, and 1 box frozen spinach that's been sitting in my freezer forever and a day. I cooked the eggplant in a bit of oil with the garlic then added the diced tomates and defrosted spinach. I cooked the whole mix down for about 30 minutes then served it over the penne pasta.

    I am trying to eliminate meat a few days a week for diet and buget concerns and these were two of the recipes I came up with after my trip to the farmers market. Last Sunday we had Spaghetti Squash with a jar of Alfredo Sauce and some green beans. On Monday we had a yummy version of baked ziti that used cottage cheese in place of the ricotta and zucchini (3 for $2.25 at that farmers market) in place of the pasta. It was really really good.

    Cindy[/recipe]


    Wow! Your farmer's market it cheap! I wish ours wasn't so frou-frou expensive.
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