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Thread: Frugal Crockpot
01-05-2006, 12:06 PM #1
Frugal crockpot ... Margaret, I don't think I've ever followed a crockpot
recipe, at least not strictly. Let's see ... my favourite roast beef recipe
uses a small can of V-8 juice and a can of Italian tomatoes. V-8 juice
shows up regularly on the dinted shelf at my grocery store for about 15
cents, as do diced tomatoes for about 50 cents. I just add a little bit of
Italian seasoning. So 50 cents worth of flavouring for an incredibly rich
roast beef. Or toss a bunch of spices on top of your meat and forget the
Any type of meat + any type of cream soup = yummy. I've done that with
chicken legs at 79 cents/lb, meatballs, beef roast, beef steaks ...
This probably is not recommended by the Food Police, but when I was in
college, I'd have my crockpot running almost constantly. What happened was
I DID buy a bottle of expensive sauce, and then picked up whatever meat was
on sale/marked down. Let it cook while I was in class, then came home and
ate. Well, I didn't want to waste that rich - and pricey - sauce. So I put
it in the fridge and ran to the grocery store to see what meat was marked
down. (Put the sauce in the fridge, cleaned out the crockpot ... ) The
next morning *that* went into the sauce and I went off to class. I think my
"pot" ran every day for about a month. When I'd see bbq sauce or something
like that in the discount bin, I'd pick some up and add it. Same for
spices. It changed every day. Lots of friends joined me for various
dinners, and no one died. In fact, everyone loved it.
I've noticed that a lot of recipe books call for expensive meats in the CP.
THAT is a waste of money. Your cp will do best with the cheapest, toughest,
least expensive meats that you can find.