Ways to save on Thanksgiving
by, 11-12-2008 at 12:55 PM (464 Views)
Well here are a few ideas that I am using to help me save on energy, money, time
1 -Make most of my foods from scratch.
2 - I am gonna save time and cooking energy by baking a bunch of things at once. Comparing my recipes and cook pies, stuffings, biscuits, and muffins all at the same time. I know that most baked goods can stand some minor temperature variation and still come out well. With a little extra attention at the oven while items bake, I know I can save myself an entire day of baking.
3 - I am going to cut some bread into cubes and put it in the freezer for stuffing. Make a big batch of Cranberry Sauce, and then seal it up in canning jars for use later in the holiday season. It's gonna taste better because I will use just sugar instead of flavorless high-fructose corn syrup, and I can still acheive that cylindrical can shape if I strain it and cook it to the gelling point before canning.
4 - Instead of buying those honeycomb paper turkey decorations and cartoonish pictures for the wall, I am going to scatter (clean) leaves over the tablecloth. I will make the table runner that everyone can write memories on and I will place an arrangement of twigs in a flower vase; it will look better than it sounds, especially if there are some berries on the branches. Then I'm going to add some candles and harvest-themed objects that I can easily find at second-hand shops and garage sales, if not in my own attic.
***** Be wary of the season's supermarket promotions. Locally, some grocery stores offer a free turkey to households that spend a certain amount of money in the weeks before Thanksgiving. If you would not otherwise spend that much on your groceries in that time period, then a free turkey is no deal. On the other hand, if you can combine the offer with a well-thought-out strategy for stocking your pantry only with foods that you would ordinarily use, then the effort may be worth it. But do the math first, and investigate the restrictions that the supermarket may have imposed on their offer . ****
I hope this gives you all some ideas!!