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Another book for cooking on a budget

Monday, June 17, 2013

Here's another one - Live Your Life for Half the Price without Sacrificing the Life You Love, by Mary Hunt (of Debt-Proof Living). Not just about saving money in the kitchen, she has several chapters on that subject. Not everything is low carb, but a lot is already low carb friendly or can be made so.

She talks about other frugal resources, both books and online, and suggests a way to buy your food when it's on sale to build up a stockpile of food that you have bought cheaply. Then you use this cheap food in your cooking, from your own personal "store" instead of buying things for full price when you need it. It's something that I sort of do anyway, though it doesn't work very well for buying things at the Farmers Market where I buy a lot of my meat, eggs, and veggies. But if I were seriously trying to live very cheaply, I would definitely try to follow this plan.

There aren't many recipes, but there are a few, mostly for make-your-own mixes. While most are for Bisquick, cake mixes, etc., she also has some that are more relevant to us. Such as:

Instructions for what to do with a frozen 10-pound hunk of ground beef that you froze when you got it home instead of portioning it out in smaller packages. (She has lots of kids so buys in bigger sizes than I do. But even a three or five pound chunk of frozen ground beef is a problem! The soluntion - dump it, frozen, in a big stockpot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, until no longer pink. Drain in a colander, saving the broth which you can use for soup later. Portion out the cooked meat and broth and freeze. Or use immediately, if you like. The meat won't be browned, but will work fine in recipes like lasagna or chili or things like that that call for cooked hamburger.)

A Make-Your-Own-Casserole type chart, with lists of foods of various types (sauces (mostly cream of something soup), protein, veggies, starches (which could be skipped), etc.) and instructions for combining them into casseroles of whatever you happen to have on hand.

A recipe for Dry Onion Soup Mix.

Recipes for Gravy Mixes, but they call for flour. I'm sure they could be adjusted to low carb, and if you know how, please let me know!

A recipe for Taco Seasoning Mix.

A recipe for what amounts to Shake and Bake. It calls for dry bread crumbs. Maybe substitute either low carb bread crumbs or pork rind crumbs?

Directions on how to roast and grind your own coffee for much less than roasted coffee beans cost.

And lots more.
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