Have to make the food stretch...
by, 04-09-2009 at 10:50 PM (369 Views)
We are in a tough time this month and I find myself needing to dig deep in my treasure chest of food dollar stretching knowledge.
Here's what I have for the rest of April:
pork shoulder roast (cooking tomorrow, good for 2+ meals, 3 if I'm careful)
pork chops (enough for two meals)
a whole chicken (rubber chicken, 3 meals)
a skirt steak
2 pounds of ground beef
1 pound of ground turkey
Easter ham (good for 3 meals, at least)
2 cans of tuna
a gallon of fresh milk
a box of powdered non-fat milk
a canister of powdered whole milk
several cups of cheddar cheese
5 dozen eggs, minus 4
4 pounds of margarine
a large carton of plain yogurt (plus a yogurt maker)
a box of velveeta
25 pounds of white flour, plus at least 15 pounds of various other flours
yeast, baking powder, baking soda, salt, etc
all the basic spices
brown and white rice
mac & cheese
1/2 pound of penne
corn muffin mixes
a couple bananas
...so it's plenty, really. Just requires planning and good stewardship. I need to bake bread, make breakfast (oh, yeah, we have dry ceral and oatmeal, too), and have snacks ready to eat.
In May, we really need to not buy much food, either, because we're moving in June and don't want to have waste (move is x-country, so can't take perishables). Running to the store for things is out of the picture. I need to make do with what you see here.
Anyone have any ideas for that skirt steak? I can only think of shredded beef and bean burritos. Any meal ideas stand out using what I have?
(Hi, everyone. Other than tight money, things are going well around here.)