Kitchen and Food Tips
  • Keep a large tub in your freezer for soup-fixings. I keep two - one with poultry bones and tiny scraps of meat I am saving to make chicken stock, and one with vegetable parings, carrot tops, celery leaves, etc., for making vegetable stock.
  • Save up bread heels for breadcrumbs. I air-dry them, some people toast them or dry them in a low oven. I prefer to crush them in an empty breadbag with my rolling pin, but some people use a blender. Alternatives to breadcrumbs, if you are out - crushed crackers or corn flakes.
  • We love garlic bread but are too cheap to buy it already made up, or even to buy garlic butter. My solution - add garlic powder to regular margarine, stir it up really good and spread on regular bread (or panini bread if we're being ooh la la) and broil in toaster oven or regular oven, with grated cheese on top if you've got it. To really make it look like the pizza-shop stuff, you can mix a little dried oregano or parsley flakes in with the margarine. Make sure you mark the margarine tub well (we magic-marker a large "G" on top), or else you'll get a surprise with your toast and marmalade. :-)
  • Champagne tastes on a tap water budget? Here's my latest favourite cheap way to feel extravagant. I buy that fake crab meat, it is $1.99 for a 6 oz. package. I then take some of that homemade garlic butter, spread it on bread, pile on some shredded crab meat then top with grated cheddar. Broil in a toaster oven or regular oven till the cheese is melted. We get about 4 or 5 slices out of a single package of crab, just enough for two for supper, especially if you serve a soup with it. The total cost is about $3.00 - 4.00 or so, depending on the kind of soup. Not bad, considering a restaurant I know charges $7.00 for a crab melt, and I know they don't use real crab either.
Send in your tips - I would love to hear how other frugalites save their pennies! I will be posting more of my own little penny pinchers shortly.

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