|I made tamales from scratch for the first time ever. It is a lot of work, but they taste |
really good, and they cost a lot less than buying them from a 'tamale lady'.
I have been baking our bread because I have a lot of wheat (and a mill) on hand, and the store bread just hasn't tasted good to us lately. We have 7 hens (three young, three 'mature', one granny) and we get enough eggs from them now. Also, because we stock different items each month, we have good supplies on hand. For example, I bought several turkeys in November when the price was best, so even though I didn't purchase any turkeys this month, we ate turkey for many meals, and still have plenty on hand.
These are the stock-up items I purchased in January:
$ 8.95 - 25 lb. long grain white rice (Costco)
$29.00 - 25 lb. instant refried beans (LDS Home Storage Center)
$ 9.98 - 2 lb. roasted low-salt almonds (Walgreens - sale and coupon)
$14.95 - 5 lb. 93% lean ground beef (King Soopers - grand opening sale)
$11.94 - 6 lb. organic coconut palm sugar (King Soopers - markdown aisle)
- 12 cents - 12 packages of Mission whole-wheat soft tortillas (on sale for .99, $1 off coupon attached to each package, so I was paid 12 cents to take them)
$74.70 - Total spent on Stock-Up items.
|Home-made Lo Mein uses a couple of pantry items - spaghetti noodles and some sauces. |
It's also a great way to clear out the vegetable drawer.
I looked in the pantry, and it is in pretty good shape. We decided to stop purchasing ready-to-eat cereals, but we are still using up some we had on hand. This change means I will be making more granola, so if oats go on sale anywhere, I will get some to bring up the level in my oats bucket.
|We have a few hens, so eggs for supper is a low-cost, healthy choice for us. |
These omelets are full of vegetables, along with some ham I saved in the freezer from Christmas.
The bread I make uses some all purpose flour. If I find a sale on unbleached flour, I will stock more of that, but we will not run out before the Easter baking sales, so I can stock up then as well. If butter were go to on sale, I'd stock more in the freezer, but we are not out.
|On Super Bowl Sunday, Daughter asked for 'cheese eggs in a nest'. |
We used pretzels and chow mein noodles for the nest material and cut the eggs from
a slice of muenster cheese. She loved it! (She also ate the cheese scraps.)
Do you keep a pantry? Do you buy any items in bulk? What sorts of great deals are you finding these days?