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    Default Frugal Crockpot

    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.


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