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    Krislady
    Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:50 am
    Forum Host
    lolablitz wrote:
    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!


    I have several square quart freezer containers that I picked up years ago - but you know what I've found works GREAT for freezing things like sauce, stock and soup?

    I use yogurt containers. I buy my yogurt in quarts (I go through about a quart a week and it's cheap here), and they're great! I can mark right on them with a sharpie, and when the lid gets too marked up, I can always recycle them. Or, and I just read this - you can evidently write on a piece of blue painter's tape, and it'll stick just fine in the freezer and peel off easily.
    jenstar1212
    Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:54 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I love to make pot pie: leftover meat and veggies, a can of cream of chicken soup then top with mashed potatoes (leftover) even my extremely picky DH will eat this and he never eats leftovers(or so his mom says:)
    3KillerBs
    Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:47 pm
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    lolablitz wrote:
    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!


    I store my stock in those disposable/reusable containers such as Gladware (but usually a generic version from Aldi). I can thaw them in the fridge, on the counter, or in the microwave and they stack neatly in the freezer.

    I use the large ones for stock, BBQ pork, and spaghetti sauce and the small ones for pesto and hummus.
    bookladyjkd
    Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:19 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    My fallback cheap meal is the Corn Cheese Soup recipe I posted, not free, but it is cheap!

    Re the vegetable peelings/broth...in the Greens Cookbook (D Madison & E. E. Brown) say that you can't use onion skins in broth, it gets too bitter. I tried making a "concentrated" onion skin broth once to try this and found it so bitter I couldn't eat it, so I omit onion skins from my veggie peel stock. Although I hardly ever use the book now, they got me to see stock/broth in a new light and stretched what I use a good deal: leek greens, for example.

    Also re free food, or nearly free.... When I buy organic scallions at the market I slice the root ends off pretty thick, say 1/4". Then I put the cleaned ends with roots in a small lidded glass jar (pimento type) in the fridge. In the next few days, I will cut some of the onion "strings" into almost everything I cook for a bit of flavor. A jar usually lasts me around a week. As I use them, I drain out the water and refill it with fresh and they don't get slimy. Chopping up an entire piece or two works too of course.

    Do you make soup of asparagus ends? I do.

    Also, when I have been lucky enough to find organic carrots I can afford with tops, I remove the tops and put them in a plastic bag in the fridge. They're great chopped into chicken soup, pot pie, lentils, etc.

    bookladyjkd
    georgi
    Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:21 pm
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    My cheapie cheap meal would be using leftover white rice, meat & veggies to make fried rice. Sometimes its only enough for a lunch, but my guys are so weird about leftovers and reinventing them is often key.

    My other cheapie that I do is after a holiday or get together where there is a veggie tray, I chop up the veggies and freeze for soups.
    Chef1MOM~Connie
    Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:21 am
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    Hi all-
    Ususally I lurk and learn. However as I have learned so much from this forum I thought this is a subject I could add too. My 2 cheap meals (free) that have been made this week are
    Chicken (turkey )soup using the turkey carcass and bits, the veggies from the veggie tray, and added in rice that I had on hand. $1.09 for 1 lb bag and I used 1/2 c. Made 3 qts, froze 2 qts for 2 more freebies.
    The 2nd great free meal is the ham left over from the ham dinner, chopped off the end pieces, added in sliced potatoes $2.99 10 lb bag, used 3 large taters, 3/4 c milk (gal at Aldi' 1.55 gal) and 1/2 c flour, salt and pepper to taste with a bit of garlic.Pat of butter or two. Baked in the oven and dinner for 4. As there are 2, have a leftove dinner for later this weekend.
    My DD adds in 1/2 c of shredded cheese on top and melts it in the oven for last 5 min of baking.
    All in all, I have 5 meals for free or minimal cost.
    [/recipe]Another Leftover Ham Casserole
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    RebelQueen
    Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:14 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    My cheappy meal is "Creamed Ground Beef Sos". ( I doubled it)

    I had everything but the ground beef which I buy in bulk. I made biscuits from scratch so that was cheap too.

    I fed 3 twenty somethings,(2 boys ate 4 or 5 biscuits each) hubby ( 4 more)and me. Me and my daughter had 2 biscuits each.

    PLUS there is enough for Hubby and me to have lunch tomorrow.

    Total meal cost about $5.00.
    UGA Fan
    Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:39 am
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    Our cheap meal is kind of a homemade Hamburger Helper, but so much better than that nasty boxed stuff!

    1 lb hamburger- $2.99/lb on sale
    small bag of elbow macaroni- 50 cents (approx.)
    14 oz can tomato sauce- 50 cents (approx.)

    Season with whatever sounds good that you have on hand: onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, oregano, etc. If you want to bulk it up, add in some sauteed veggies: zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, & mushrooms are good choices. If you have a little cheese in the refrigerator, it's tasty melted on top.

    Two new things we've tried lately to save some money are shopping at the discount grocery store and at the dollar store. Our local Dollar General has a surprisingly good selection of pantry items at reasonable prices.
    Jayashiangel
    Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:30 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    I shop alot at my local dollar/99 cents store for fresh veggie and fruits this also stretches my budget. I make homemade yogurt in the crockpot that saves lots of $$ as well. I will be making up pound of beans from dried to keep stocked in the freezer (smaller portions 1/2 cups since I am the only one that eats them) this will allow me to grab & nuke as needed for recipes for me. I also make homemade stock but I do mine a little differently I use boneless chicken breasts when I get it them on sale & then cook/shredded up all the meat save the broth add veggies to heat longer and then pour into yogurt containers to freeze for Chicken Noodle Soup :O) I like that I can take then frozen broth right from the contain drop frozen into crockpot turn on low and 4-6 hours later have soup :O) for dinner all I have to do is boil noodles
    margauxmorgan
    Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:46 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    eggs! they're not pricey and i can add any (or not) ingredient to it! icon_biggrin.gif
    SandyThePoet
    Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:07 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My go to cheap meal is what I call Spanish Rice. I start with 1/2 lb of bulk chorizo, I brown that with 1 diced up onion and 1 diced up bell pepper. Then I add a small can or tomato sauce and a can of Mexican diced tomatoes. About a tsp each of cumin, chili powder and garlic powder, and a bit of salt and pepper. I then add 1 cup of uncooked rice, and 2 cups of water. Throw the lid on and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 min or so, until the rice is cooked. This costs under $5.00 to make, and feeds 4 hungry people easily.
    lolablitz
    Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:11 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Krislady wrote:
    lolablitz wrote:
    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!


    I have several square quart freezer containers that I picked up years ago - but you know what I've found works GREAT for freezing things like sauce, stock and soup?

    I use yogurt containers. I buy my yogurt in quarts (I go through about a quart a week and it's cheap here), and they're great! I can mark right on them with a sharpie, and when the lid gets too marked up, I can always recycle them. Or, and I just read this - you can evidently write on a piece of blue painter's tape, and it'll stick just fine in the freezer and peel off easily.


    Thanks so much for the tip Krislady, I've been storing them in yogurt containers - & sometimes using blue painter's tape when they get too marked up - ever since!
    Krislady
    Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:56 am
    Forum Host
    lolablitz wrote:

    Thanks so much for the tip Krislady, I've been storing them in yogurt containers - & sometimes using blue painter's tape when they get too marked up - ever since!


    Lola, I'm so glad it's working for you! I like to keep about 4 different quarts of soup or chili in the freezer, too - I can't tell you how much we love those days where we're busy all day, and I can just take out a quart of an old favorite (my husband especially loves chili and I'm partial to kale and bean soup), stick it in the crockpot, and there's a great dinner ready at the end of the day. icon_smile.gif
    bbullitt47_0904
    Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:33 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Cheap meal or quick meal. 1 can of chucky roadhouse chili with tortilla chips and tossed salad. Good and quick nice and easy. I think that you eat for about 2.00. That is if you have salad mix in the house already.
    bbullitt47_0904
    Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:45 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    wow with everything going up this is a good way to make a good pot of flavorful soup when times are tight. It is a good idea. Because I hate to throw out food and honestly I am one of those people that really don't like leftovers. But I will make a new meal out of frozen things. Thanks for the suggestions.
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