6.03.2015

Back to Basics|Saving in the Kitchen

bulk meat portioningToday marks the first video in my new Back to Basics: Savings in the Kitchen series.

When thinking about creating this series I didn't think it would be a great idea. Don't most people know the basics to cooking and baking in the kitchen? Most of this has been done in some way or another so why put the effort in?



Of course, all of the topics covered in the series will be available somewhere else and yes there are probably a million books you can read on saving money in the kitchen. BUT no one has put them in a video series that stresses simple and effective ways to save that are so basic the worst cook in the work could do it!

That is THE NIFTY THRIFTY LADY STYLE right there and no where else will you find it.

So where did this series steam from?

By the most frequently common asked question I receive "How can I save on food, meal prep, and grocery costs?"

Saving in the kitchen is how I will refer to it during this series, is actually simple. Or at least it can be if you are wise with what you buy  and are a little creative!

Today I talk about the simple method of buying bulk meat at a discount and how to freeze it.

Buying bulk does work for many things especially if you have a large family. We are only a family of 4 and buying in bulk has worked for us on items like meat, cheese, and some household products. But that is a post for another day.

In the video I show you how to portion your bulk purchases so they are meal prep ready and when to actually buy meats in bulk.


TIPS:

I don't have a fancy vacuum sealer for my meats or frozen goods. I would LOVE one but it has not really been a NEED.

I do my best to keep all of the air out of the bag and if I know the meat will be in the deep freeze for a few months I simply take Dollar Tree foil and wrap it around the bagged meat as well. With this method I have never had freezer burnt meat

If you are freezing a whole meal that is cooked make sure to let it COOL COMPLETELY!
The condensation that is created from steam of the meat/meal cooling then freezing too quickly can cause freezer burn as well.

Finally when freezing anything know how long something is good in the freezer for so you don't let it go to waste!

Here is a great chart:
Here is a great label to use on your frozen food (free printable)

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I hope you enjoyed the first video in the Back to Basics|Saving in the Kitchen Series! I am excited to bring you this knowledge. Please leave a comment if there is a topic you would like me to do a video on.

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