Every on one complains about the forever rise of food costs and yet we sulk and pay it anyway. There are options if you look around an average kitchen we all have various accessories sitting idol and not used to help us save more and do more. It’s a simple matter of using them smarter and throwing out less. The average person tries to save in bulk purchases and throw it all in the trash only because they don’t know bulk storage management. The average household has recipe magazines, books and online recipes but we seldom organize them per savings use and increased nutrition to our families. Here are a few tips that will take care of all of that.
How recipes can save you a fortune and increase healthy eating. It’s nothing fancy on a sheet of paper or on a excel program make a healthy eating, savings and recipe use guide. In these simple steps:
1) Make four columns for each of the four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter.
2) Under each column make list of produce that are in season
3) Under each produce item you buy or like list the names of the recipes that call for it as a main ingredient.
4) Now list holidays that fall into each season
5) Under each holiday list the foods associated with each holiday (ex: pumpkins at Halloween)
6) Under each holiday inspired food item again list your recipes that use the holiday inspired foods
Here is what you have created a shopping guide to buy foods when they are at their lowest prices and additional resource of recipes to take full of advantage as these items go into season. So when ever you go shopping you take a look at your store flyers and compare them to this list you have also generated a menu for the week based on you your shopping savings. It will save you time and money. Greater tip use this as a guide based off of commonly used recipes to generate a three-month staples list for your pantry. This will save you more money as you throw out less expired pantry staples.
Buying in bulk is a great money saver but the put the main problem is most people don’t utilize tools to manage these staples well here are some simple ideas:
Blueberries – freeze excess spread out on a tray unwashed, freeze 1-hour and transfer to a freezer bag. You have nutritional dense berries for smoothies, pies and other recipes just rinse frozen and use.
Bananas – peel, cut into chunks, freeze on a tray for 1-hour and transfer to freezer bag. You have frozen bananas for smoothies and banana breads.
Squash, Zucchini & Pumpkin – steam, drain and puree. Measure purees by cup or 1/2 cup measures and freeze in wax paper cups. Remove and place in freezer bags for storage. You have purees to add to any casserole or incorporate in place of cheese in some recipes adding more nutrition.
Tomato Paste – buy the bulk can, take excess and spoon into ice trays. Freeze and remove to freezer bags. You have a rough tablespoon measurement available any time for a recipe.
Buy your main spices in bulk – blend all your favorite recipes for rubs or seasoning blends and transfer to reusable shakers or jars then label. This will save your time and money when you need them for a recipe. The average pre-blended spices in stores run $2 to $4 per ounce by doing this you save 50%.
Using a coffee maker to save money at home great. Now what about the other savings and here is how to do it. After everyone has gotten their cup-of-Joe for the morning don’t pour out the leftovers down the drain. Pour into ice trays to freeze. Once frozen transfer to freezer bags for storage.
1) Use cubes to ice your ice coffee it won’t dilute your beverage works in coffee cocktail punches
2) Use the cubes about a rough tablespoon for recipes that need coffee such as mocha sauces
3) Toss a large quantity into the blender, add milk, sweetener and powder cold chocolate milk mix; blend. You have a frozen mocha coffee for only $1-$2 per serving vs. $4-$6 at a coffee shop.
Don’t toss out the coffee grounds place in a glass bowl and use as part of a rough marinade on tough and cheap cuts of meat. The reason the acids in coffee grounds act like a meat tenderizer.
Kitchen Waste Savers
That roasted chicken or if you make your own stocks there is a reserve of added benefits thrown out daily so why waste it.
Steamed vegetables – don’t throw out the water for steamed veggies such as broccoli water. Freeze it use it in place of water in soup dishes to add more nutrition.
Roasting Juices – pour in a large microwavable measuring cup and chill, the fats will settle on top. Skim the fat and heat the broth that is usually jelled back to a liquid. Pour into a disposable cups to freeze once frozen remove and store in freezer bags labeled you have instant broth for recipes.
Spent stock vegetables – don’t throw out the spent vegetables used to make a stock. It might have lost it’s flavor but pureed it can add fiber and act as a thickening body to your chili, casserole and cream based soup recipes later. Just remove any thing like bay leaves, puree and freeze for use later.
Kitchen Waste Management
Despite these savings you do run into items past their use well here are some tips to save on beauty needs.
Overripe slightly rotted avocados – use as a facial mask it’s high in vitamin E and moisturizes the skin, just mash apply and wash off after 5-minutes.
Spoiled milk – use as facial with overripe bananas the sour milk is a source of natural alpha-hydroxy and the bananas a source of potassium for the skin just blend apply and wash off after 5-minutes.
Coffee grounds – for brunettes blend with olive oil and work into hair as a pre-wash hair and scalp moisturizer. The caffeine increase blood flow to the scalp, the grounds pigment gray hair and the olive oil takes care of moisture to dry hair and scalp. I do this every other day.
Over ripe papaya – use as a wrinkle removing mask, just mash mix with a little lemon or pineapple juice apply and wash off after 5-minutes. The enzymes in papaya slough off dead skin making moisturizers work better.
If you don’t believe these beauty items from the kitchen work look at my photo, no-makeup and no hair dye and my moisturizer cheap bargain store aloe gel. I’m looking forward to turning forty around this time in 2011. Oh my cosmetic routine costs me only fourteen cents per day to look good. I personally think it’s the low stress from all the money I save for eating well. Happy savings!