Since more people are budget-minded these days, I thought I’d begin an occasional series of frugal ideas.
I’ve written before about taking advantage of good sales at my local over-priced grocery store. Here’s an example of how I do that with meat.
This week, boneless chicken breasts are on sale at $1.44/pound ($1.77/pound less $10 off of a $50 purchase). I bought . . . a lot. Here’s what I did with them:
(1) Preheat oven to 350.
(2) Put six breasts in one baking dish and cover with:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce
1 T ginger
2 cloves of garlic
(3) Put six breasts in a baking dish and cover with:
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup butter
1/4 c mustard
1 t salt
1 t curry powder
(4) Put six breasts in a baking dish and cover with:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup finely diced sun-dried tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
1 t salt
(5) Bake all for an hour. Allow to cool. You can either dice it or place whole pieces in freezer bags. Label and store.
I keep a list of what is in my freezer on the inside of a pantry door and I plan meals based on what I already have. (My husband and I aren’t big meat eaters, so this chicken will probably be diced and served over salad or pasta or a rice bowl.) Not only do I save about 50% by buying when things are on sale, I save prep and clean-up time by cooking in bulk. I can also cook on a Saturday morning when I have more time as opposed to a Thursday afternoon when I’m busy. (Even more savings if it means I don’t give in to the “it’s 5:17 and I have no idea what to make–let’s just eat out” syndrome.)