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      Eating on the Cheap

      Meats can usually be bought at a lower price per pound in larger packages, so
      it makes sense to buy at least one if you can afford it every time you shop.
      When you figure the cost of things, figure the cost according to how much it
      will take per meal, rather than how much per pound.
      Roasts are a nice, if rather expensive meal, but there are ways to have your
      roast and eat it too. Generally speaking, a five dollar roast can make 5 or 6
      meals, depending on how you handle it.
      First, buy the largest roast you can find for what you can afford. Chuck roast
      is fine; just tenderize it with a splash of vinegar before salting and
      roasting, and cook with the lid on and a little water in the bottom of the pan.
      Cut it into meal sized pieces and freeze it. (As an added bonus, the smaller
      the roast, the less time it takes to cook.) Roast one piece, then make a point
      of saving enough for another meal before you serve it.
      Another method is to roast the whole thing the first day, and just enjoy. The
      second day, cut the remaining roast into as many meal size portions as you can.
      Get a meal out of a little leftover meat
      You can chop up a half cup or so and make a stew with it, or you can grind or
      mince a half cup, and make sandwich spread. Add boiled, chopped eggs, pickles,
      onions, cheese, olives, green peppers, any and all these things, or whatever
      you have on hand. Mix in enough salad dressing or mayonnaise to make it
      spreadable. A food processor can make a smooth and tasty sandwich spread in a
      jiffy.
      Slice off a few pieces to eat over mashed potatoes with gravy, or in gravy over
      bread. Freeze gravy with the slices already in it. It only takes a minute to
      pack and freeze things, and you’ll find this is the simplest way possible to
      have convenient, inexpensive, and good food.
      For a stew, you can use any vegetables you roasted with the meat, plus the
      gravy if you made it. Take out enough gravy to use in another meal. (Always
      make as much gravy as you can from the drippings) Take out anything you want to
      save from the pot you roasted in, and just add water to the rest, then thicken
      with cornstarch mixed in a little cold water. Add it to the pot and bring to a
      boil, then add a small can of tomatoes, or tomato sauce, and more spices if you
      wish.
      After you’ve cooked a roast, or fried steak (or liver), or bacon, put the pan
      just as it is, in the refrigerator, and when its time to cook again, brown a
      up or two of rice in the drippings. Add water or bouillon, then add spices such
      as garlic, pepper, and allspice to taste. The bits and pieces of meat that
      would otherwise have gone down the drain are usually enough to provide a hearty
      meat flavor to your dish. Add vegetables if you like, or use them as a side
      dish.
      When you buy meat, buy beef heart or tongue, pork or beef liver, chicken
      gizzards, livers and hearts. Extend an amount of ground beef or turkey with
      grains and vegetables.
      The best cheap meat loaf ever –
      1/2 pound ground beef
      1/2 cup quick oats
      1/4 cup barley and/or wheatberries(partially cooked)
      1/2 to 1 cup of mashed potatoes (use leftover boiled or baked potatoes if you
      have them, just mash them first)
      1 cup of leftover cooked, chopped vegetables of any kind…green beans, peas,
      corn, or whatever
      You’ll need a can of tomato sauce and cracker or bread crumbs, salt, pepper,
      and an egg.
      Any other kind of grain can be substituted for the barley or wheat.
      Mix everything except half the tomato sauce and bread or cracker crumbs. Then
      add enough crumbs so that the mixture is barely stiff enough to hold its shape
      when you make a ball of it. Put into a shallow baking pan, and cover with the
      remaining tomato sauce. Bake about an hour at 375 degrees. There’s enough here
      for four to six hungry people.
      Food is generally the most controllable expense we have,. As in anything else,
      our monetary savings are directly proportional to how much time and effort we
      spend.

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      Cindy Sue

      Oregon Grown and Raised

      Ambition is that grit in the soul which creates disenchantment with the ordinary
      and puts the dare into dreams.~

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