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01-03-2006, 03:47 PM #1
Cheap Snack Ideas
I'm trying very hard to cut my grocery bill, but I'm having problems
cutting back on the snacks. Do any of you have some good ideas for
frugal snacks, to buy or make?
We have 3 in our family at this time, me, hubby, and one of our grown
sons. Hubby and son feel as if there is nothing to eat in the house if
we don't have chips, snack crackers, peanuts etc. Our son does buy many
of his own snacks but he also gets into ours too.
01-03-2006, 03:48 PM #2
Snacks in our house are air-popped pop corn, or the microwave stuff if I can
find it cheap, fresh fruit, dried fruit, fresh vegetables, crackers from
walmart ($1 box) and cheap big bags of pretzels. Raisins from trader joes are
a favorite... almost like candy. I also munch on dry cereal at times.... if I
can find healthy and cheap on sale. I also grow my own sprouts on the kitchen
counter and these are great snacking material.
01-03-2006, 03:48 PM #3
Hi Nancy:--the cheapest snack I have is air popped popcorn.
Because I'm on a diet I do not add salt or butter so it's cheap
and good for you. Blessings, Pat
01-03-2006, 03:48 PM #4
If you family wants chips and such. Did you know that one large baking
potato sliced and fried or baked will equal one bag of chips? White corn
tortillas sprayed with Pam or other non stick spray and baked will make a
huge amount of chips and for very little money.
I make potato chips for my family on occasion and they love them. My
husbands favorite snack is popcorn, microwave or the old fashioned kind you
make in a pan.
Good luck with you snacks. Crackers are easy to make also....
01-03-2006, 03:49 PM #5
I like using my microwave to make bagel chips, wonton chips, pita chips,
potato chips, tortilla chips and popcorn (in a microwave popcorn cooker) -
all are relatively low fat. Homemade hummus with pita bread wedges are a
tasty change too. I found that if fresh fruit and vegetables are washed,
prepared (ie. peeled &/or cut into manageable pieces) and easily accessable
they are more likely to be grabbed. Salt free pretzels are also a
convenient snack to munch on when you want something with a crunch.
01-03-2006, 03:49 PM #6
How long do you bake the potatoes & tortillas? Do you add anything
to the potatoes? Also, is the air popped popcorn the stuff that you
buy in the jar? Do you need a special pan to cook it? Thanks!
01-03-2006, 03:50 PM #7
First thing that I would say is to take a look at what snacks that you
regularly have on hand. Now that you know what they are see if you can find
clone recipes for some of them or find something close to that. If you guys
like fruit you can stock up on it when it is on sale. If you can't do that
than you might consider easing in more homemade snacks while cutting out
the store bought ones. I know that I need to make some snacks since it feels
like there is nothing to eat but my freezer is full and so is my pantry....I
hadn't noticed them filling up again and I only spend $60 a week for 4.
01-03-2006, 03:50 PM #8
You slice the potato into thin uniform slices or cut the pita into uniform
pieces then arrange on a microwave chip maker. I have made them on other
microwave dishes with ridges (to allow air to flow underneath) with success
too. The instructions say to cook potato chips for 11 - 17 minutes and pita
chips for 2 - 4 minutes. You can season them before cooking with garlic salt
and whatever else strikes your fancy.
01-03-2006, 03:50 PM #9
I usually buy regular pop corn, the old fashioned kind and then put it in a
place pan I bought years ago that has an insert that is wonderful for
popcorn. Is really the steamer container. Just push popcorn setting on the
microwave. One day I was experimenting as the pan I wanted was in the dish
washer. So, I just the same amount of popcorn and put it in a paper sack and
popped as usual. It was great that way too.
01-03-2006, 03:51 PM #10
Here are some of the frugal snacks we eat around here:
Store brand pretzels, microwave popcorn, fruit,
veggies w/dip, and anything we have a good coupon for
that we can get for a few cents. Usually a lot of new
products. The kids have gotten used to only having it
once or twice and then switching to something else.
For the little one we have fruit snax (with double or
triple coupons). Also, we like ice cream when we can
get it $2 or less for a half gallon.
Hope that helps.
Jen K in PA
01-04-2006, 07:51 PM #11
Super Bowl Snacks -- Potato Skins!
(From Timberlake's in Washington D.C.) Ingredients:
6 medium baking potatoes ( 3 pounds)
1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour toppings:
1 cup each shredded Monterey Jack and shredded sharp cheddar cheese, mixed
3 jalapeno chiles, sliced into rings
1/2 cup sour cram
6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped scallions Steps: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Scrub and dry
potatoes. Pierce each once with fork. Very lightly rub skins with paper towel
dipped in oil, to lightly coat. Bake potatoes on oven rack for about 45 to 60
minutes (or you can bake on grill). Cook until fork-tender. Let cool.
Meanwhile, fill deep fryer or large saucepan (with deep-fat thermometer
attached) with 1-inch oil. Heat to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with paper
towels. Quarter potatoes lengthwise. Cut our potato pulp from each skin,
leaving 1/4-inch thick shell. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly coat
potato skins with flour. Fry skins in batches for about 1-2 minutes, until
crisp and golden. Drain, cut side down, on paper towels. Pre-heat broiler.
Arrange potato skins, cut side up on broiler rack pan. Sprinkle with cheese
mixture; top with jalepeno slices. Broil 1 minutes to melt cheese. Transfer
to serving platter. Top with dollops of sour cream. Sprinkle with bacon and
scallions. Serve while warm.
01-02-2009, 06:22 PM #12
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01-02-2009, 07:40 PM #13
I like to make my kids big batches of jello w/fruit or puddings and we all love these.
There are some great recipes here in the MYO section.
We also love pretzels and popcorn.
01-02-2009, 08:29 PM #14
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DH really likes Potato Skins, it real treat when I make these.JoAnn
"Joy is not in things. It is within us"
01-03-2009, 08:17 AM #15
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We keep cubed cheese in plastic bags to eat along with our MYO crackers we keep on hand. I fill celery and keep a tray of that and baby carrots in the fridge. We keep rolled cookie dough in the fridge so anyone who wants can cut off cookie dough slices and bake a tray up. We keep our freezer stocked with homemade cinnamon and orange rolls that we freeze and bag and you just have to take what you want and bake it up. We pop corn and wheat to snack on. Once or twice a week we'll get together as a family and make a treat like homemade potato chips or fries, taffy or fudge or stovetop cookies, mini pizzas or biscuits or rolls. Late Spring through Fall we eat Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks straight out of the garden.
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