So if you’ve been reading, you know I recently scored about a months worth of meat and my freezer is jam packed! How did I get all of this meat? And how will I stretch it out over a month? It requires some planning and some creativity, but I can help you get the most out of your meat.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again…when the price is low buy plenty and freeze it.You might wonder what a good price is for meat? It really depends on your area. Here I can get chicken thighs and drumsticks for $.77 a lb at rock bottom, but that’s rare. I generally stock up at $.99.
Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts bottom out around $1.88
90/10 Ground beef around $2.99 a lb
I try never to pay over $4 a lb for steaks and $.97 a lb for ribs.
Sometimes the sale is only on the meat sold in value packs. When you get it home, divide it into meal size portions and place in freezer bags. Be sure to get all of the air out of the bag and freeze it as flat as you can to maximize your space.
Make the meat a smaller part of the meal! Let the veggie or the carb be the star. Make a pizza piled with veggies and cheese and just a bit of meat. Make a casserole packed with pasta and veggies and half the ground beef you’d normally use. Bulk out a chili or a soup with beans.
When you put the focus on another food group, the meat isn’t missed as much.
Buy a whole chicken. I can get these for rock bottom price $.77 a lb but usually around $.99 a pound.
Drizzle some olive oil over the chicken and add salt and pepper. Place in a roasting pan and roast at 350 in the oven for about 1 hr 45 minutes.
Take it out and let it cool a bit. Now pull off all of the chicken. Shred some of it and dice some of it. Put the chicken into individual meal sized baggies. You can freeze this so anytime you need cooked chicken to add to a meal, you can just pull it out and quickly thaw it in some warm water.
Now take what is left of the whole chicken and put it in a big pot with some water, salt and pepper, carrots/onions/celery (optional), and whatever seasonings you enjoy. Let it simmer for a few hours and really cook down. Now you have chicken broth! I divide this into 1 cup portions and pour it into sandwich bags. I lay the bags flat when I freeze them. Now anytime a recipe calls for a cup of chicken broth, I have homemade broth ready to go!
You can stretch one small chicken into several meals this way!
Have a no meat night each week. We don’t HAVE to have meat for dinner every night. There are other sources of protein! Some ideas:
- breakfast for dinner. Eggs and pancakes, french toast and fruit, etc
- make beans or legumes the star. Chili, vegetarian tacos, etc
- Veggie plate night! You know how restaurants have veggie plates where you can order 3 or 4 veggies? Do this at home. Make 3 or 4 yummy veggie sides and you won’t miss the meat at all!
I hope you have learned some money saving ideas today! Do you have any tips on how to stretch your meat out? Let me know! I’m always looking for new money savings ideas!