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Frugal Family Recipes

By August 30, 2016 quick frugal tips for food

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We all love takeout pizza 🙂  You can make it yourself at home and have the same take out flavor for half the cost. This pizza was made with a pita. I covered the bottom of the pita with olive oil before I laid it on the oven rack. This will make it crispy and delicious.) Then I put the toppings on. This is a good way to clean out the leftovers in the fridge.

I use any spaghetti sauce that I have in the cupboard, Mozzarella cheese in chunks (I drop around the pizza)spinach, fresh tomato slices, sliced mushrooms, onions . Then sprinkle a little more olive oil on the top. That is the trick to fabulous pizza. Put the rack and pizza in the oven on the third rack and bake for 10 minutes . When the cheese is melted and the bottom has  browned up, take it out, wait to slice it( a few minutes). Then enjoy 🙂

This pizza is Frugal and a fun way to spice up your pizza night with your kids. You can let them make their own any way they want.  If you would like to see my other Frugal recipes they are listed here. Enjoy !

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Frugal Twist Tie

By July 19, 2016 Frugal Life hacks, quick frugal tips for food

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How many times have you lost your patience looking for a twist tie to close a bag of chips,popcorn ?  Then have the food spill on the floor, while you are looking. Many times this has happened to me.

The solution is to cut the top off, the bag of food, and use it to close the bag. A simple frugal tip and it works. You’ll never look for a twist tie again 🙂 A friend of mine working with me in a Nursing Home Kitchen showed me this and I use this trick a lot.

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Reuse Recycle Reinvent

By July 14, 2016 quick frugal tips for food

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Did You know you can freeze your beats after cooking them, instead of taking the time to pickle them? This is a much quicker way to do it with less fuss.   They are just as good when you add salt-pepper and balsamic vinegar to them after they have thawed out. This is an example of reinventing to save money and time. Also save the juice after you boil your beets, until tender, to make a batch of beet wine. 🙂

The frugal advice most people give you is to recycle, reuse, which is very easily done after these beets have been eaten.

I am writing this post because one of my readers said when they freeze vegetables they are always full of frost in the freezer.

I can reuse the bags again as long as there has been no meat products in these bags. They can be washed, kept in the fridge and used again to freeze any vegetables until they get a punctured hole in the bag. Or don`t reuse them if you cannot get them really clean. I usually run hot boiling water from the tap to rinse them and then dry them over bottles in the fridge door.

They also have to be dry again before reloading them or black mold can form. The best freezer bags I have used are Zip lock Double Seal. You must use freezer bags and not sandwich bags to freeze with. The bags mentioned about do the best job of keeping the frost out of your food and you know they are completely sealed when the seal turns purple:) They will stay good frozen for three months but they never last that long in my house. 🙂

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Potato Peel Fries

By July 12, 2016 quick frugal tips for food

 

When  I saw this on Thriftyfun.com I just had to share it with you.

These photos and recipe for Potato Peel Crisps are the brilliant ideas of Attosa. She is a Musician from L.A. that loves to cook. Don’t forget to give her a thumbs up for this great frugal tip.

 I am a new member there and it is a fun site, where you can enter and win prizes for recipes or sharing your pet picture ,craft projects and read frugal tips from the writers there. They share tips and ideas for crafting, creative recycling ,gardening, frugal living, recipes, cleaning and more. Membership for Thriftyfun.com is free.

Now lets get back to the recipe. Attosa had the brilliant idea of saving the potato peels after peeling potatoes and roasting them instead of throwing them in the garbage, like I do. I do not compost because I live in an apartment. (Any ideas to help with this let me know…Thanks 🙂
 I thought, I never wasted anything until I saw this. This is the ultimate frugal idea for saving food dollars.  I won’t throw potato peels out anymore, now that I found this delicious recipe.
 I can hardly wait to peel my potatoes, to put in the roasting pan around my turkey for Sunday dinner.  I will put the potato peels right along side my roasting pan to crisp up for my hors d’oeuvres. We will enjoy these crisps while waiting for the dinner. What a great catering idea, Many Thanks to Attosa for sharing 🙂

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Frugal Crispy Lettuce Tip

By July 11, 2016 Frugal Life hacks, quick frugal tips for food

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This lettuce crisper idea, my friend” Marylou” taught me and I have used it for years 🙂

The lettuce you are looking at, came from the marked down pile of vegetables that I shop for … last week. It was 99 cents. I peeled off the few top brown leaves, rinsed it all off, then I leave it in the dish rack to dry.

When it has dried off a bit… I shake the remaining water off and start to stack it in this plastic box. You can use any plastic box , with a lid ,you have, or even a large zip-lock bag. I put a paper towel on the bottom ,then add lettuce for one layer, paper towel again, lettuce and always finish with a paper towel on the top. When, you use the lettuce, take the top, wet paper towel out, dry it on the oven handle and put it back in after it dries. Repeat as you eat the lettuce.

Even though I bought this lettuce on it’s way out, I can keep it fresh and like new ,in this box for up to a week or more. It is always crisp and ready to use. I love this frugal-tip that will save you money:) Thank you all for reading and have a great day.

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Frugal Zip lock Bags

By July 10, 2016 quick frugal tips for food

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Not Enough Zip lock Bags No Problem Try this simple fix 🙂

I always cook a whole package of pasta, even though, it is only me, at home. When I get tired of eating it, I can wrap it up in wax paper pouches, pop it into a re-cycled zip lock bag , and put it into the freezer.  This way saves money by not pitching it out and it gives me, a perfect portion for a quick lunch or to go dinner for work.

If you freeze your left-overs altogether in one lump in a zip lock bag , you have to reheat the whole package again to get it apart.  You can try smashing it on the counter top and dropping it on the floor, even hitting them with a hammer, like I have done in the past, but try portions in wax paper it is a lot easier and I am getting a to old for all that exercise 🙂 Thanks for reading.

 

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