There’s been a lot of fear about food shortages since the pandemic has started. Now weather that food shortage be actual food not being able to get to the grocery store or the food flying off the shelves because people are preparing in case there a second wave the fears are there. So I thought I would share some tips that will stretch your food budget and allow you to get more money out of the food you are buying.
My first tip would be to buy meat that’s on the bone. It typically tends to be cheaper then the boneless, skinless meats. Also there’s always some sort of bone in meat on sale. Now why do I prefer bone in meat besides it being easier on the budget? I can make bone broth from the bones which I can use in recipes or in soups. The cost of store bought broth is expensive and usually doesn’t pack a lot of flavour. The powdered versions you can buy are full of flavour but also full of salt.
My second tip would be don’t throw away the fat! When you roast a duck or cook bacon your left with a decent amount of fat. Now you could just toss that fat but that would be such a waste. If you put the fat thru a fine mesh strainer and store it in your fridge you can do a lot of things with that fat. You can roast your vegetable in the fat, you can substitute the butter in bread and biscuits with the bacon fat. Or you can make bacon, chocolate chip cookies with the rendered fat!
My third tip is don’t throw your vegetable peels/ scraps away, instead freeze them. You can throw them into your pot when making your bone broth to add extra flavour.
My fourth tip is also don’t throw out your fruit scraps! A friend of mine recently introduced me to apple scrap jelly. So you save your peels and covers and boil them with some sugar and water to make a delicious jelly. You can do the same thing with pears and I have to do some research on some other fruits as well. Oh and your orange peels can serve as a great pot pourri, or you can soak them in vinegar to make a homemade cleaner or throw the peels in your garden to keep cats from using your garden as a litter box.
My fifth tip skip the packaged oatmeal and buy yourself a huge bag of oats instead. Some ways to jazz up some oats is to add homemade or store bought pie filling. You can also add some jams or jellies. You can add some yogurt and frozen fruits. And of course you can’t go wrong with some cinnamon and brown sugar.
And the final tip I will leave you with today is make as much as you can from scratch. I understand that not everyone can do this but it is seriously my biggest money saver. Having three kids it’s way cheaper for me to make homemade baked goods then buying any of the store bought ones.
What are some of your food stretching/ money stretching tips?