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« on: December 03, 2010, 04:40:25 PM »

I have always done most of the cooking at home. At one time I really wanted to go to chef school. But I settled for being creative at home with various dishes.

Most of the time, the evening meal was your traditional meat, pasta, veggies, salad, bread, etc. Always a hot, sit down meal.

And while we never had big breakfasts in the morning due to varying schedules, I always tried to have at least one big breakfast each week. Usually on a Saturday or Sunday, I would cook up scrambled eggs. homefries, cheese, etc.

But since we got chickens this past spring, we now have an abundance of eggs. For several weeks now, once every week, I cook up the homefries, scrambled eggs and everything for the evening meal. My kids love this meal, especially with syrup. I prefer ketchup. Wink

I was thinking today, and realized that this evening meal, when compared to the usually full array of cooking I usually do, saves a huge amount off the food bill. Instead of the meat and the other items for dinner, I can make a full pan of scrambled eggs and potatoes for 3-4 dollars. Feeding five family members, this is like 75 cents each.

Not that we don't have money, we do. But the idea of another saved dollar for my kids college account or the retirement savings really motivates me.

Not sure how many others look at little things like this. But I thought I would pass it along. A dozen eggs and a few pounds of potatoes goes a long way, and is a cheap meal. And nutritious also.

Anyone else have any meals they like for the same reasons?
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2010, 07:58:59 PM »

Big pot of lima beans with ham hocks. Homemade soup or fish chowder with grilled cheese samichs! French toast with orange blossum honey.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2010, 08:08:33 PM »

I just bought a large number of 8 lb. cans of fully cooked ground beef.
$1.00 per can. I think that will save me quite a few bucks.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2010, 09:07:58 PM »

I needed a Jersey bull to service my cow this summer.  Bought a young one and after he had done his job, we had him processed.  Sold off all of the steaks and kept the hamburger and stew meat for the family.  With a chest freezer, we now have "free" beef for the next 6 to 12 months.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2010, 09:13:08 PM »

I needed a Jersey bull to service my cow this summer.  Bought a young one and after he had done his job, we had him processed.  Sold off all of the steaks and kept the hamburger and stew meat for the family.  With a chest freezer, we now have "free" beef for the next 6 to 12 months.

Ok, so I start with a cow, right?   grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2010, 09:32:44 PM »

No, you get a cow now. You started with the bull years ago.  lau lau lau
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2010, 09:54:31 PM »

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But really, look into turnip greens and corn bread.  All them greens are good for you.
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2010, 01:52:10 AM »

Ah for a good summer salad; Mustard greens, lambs quarter, sorrel, and plantain (the weed aka Indian Lettuce), with maybe some nasty-urshums thrown in make for a nice mixed salad.
But having a garden sure can reduce the food bill well into and maybe all the way through the winnter if a little canning is done.
My hope next year is to grow most of the food we eat ourselves.  Garden for the veggies, Orchard for the fruit, and between the chickens, turkeys, rabbits, pigeons and sheep I should be able to produce enough food for the wife and I.  Now if the oldest daughter and her 4 kids would move out I would really be saving money on food.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2010, 07:39:58 AM »

No, you get a cow now. You started with the bull years ago.  lau lau lau

I had to read that twice....but I got it...  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2010, 08:30:32 AM »

No, you get a cow now. You started with the bull years ago.  lau lau lau

Now that was funny my friend.

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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2010, 12:56:33 AM »

we all love to eat and save cash!
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