How Do YOU Save Money on Meat? Share Your Best Tips!


| 12/29/2010 2:47:37 PM


Does your household have rules about how often you eat meat? Are you a pro at saving cash on pricey meats and stretching their flavors? Do you call yourself a flexitarian? If you have great almost-meatless recipes and ideas for planning meals to save more money, share them with our community of eager readers by posting a comment below. And we’ll publish some of the best entries in upcoming issues. 

 



Ashli Price
5/12/2011 11:14:29 AM

As a lover of food, an avid cook, and an owner of a small food business, I am constantly striving to be creative and money conscious when it comes to buying meats, without sacrificing quality. One idea that works well in my home and for clients, is to buy a large piece of meat, like a pork shoulder, and utilize it in several different ways. First, I slow cook the pork on a grill or in a crock pot imparting flavor with herbs, veggies and spices, and create a wonderful meal like Indian Spiced Pork over Bulgar Wheat with Coconut Ginger Tomato sauce. Then, I portion out the remaining protein. I use some of the pork to create tacos or quesadillas later in the week. The rest goes into the freezer in small portions that I can pull out to make Cuban sandwiches on a busy night. The same method works for cooking a whole chicken, or roasting a split turkey breast. I come up with one main idea, and several follow-up ideas to enjoy the meat in different ways. It's generally less expensive to buy the larger cut of meat as opposed to smaller cuts that a butcher has to prepare. Planning is the key in this situation! It makes me so excited to smell a chicken roasting, knowing that I'll be devouring it as a main dish, an arugula salad topper, and as enchiladas! My brain is constantly playing with this question, and it is so much fun to come up with new solutions. I find my clients are grateful to have a plan that prevents them from wasting food and stretches their dollar.


Ashli Price
5/12/2011 11:13:58 AM

As a lover of food, an avid cook, and an owner of a small food business, I am constantly striving to be creative and money conscious when it comes to buying meats, without sacrificing quality. One idea that works well in my home and for clients, is to buy a large piece of meat, like a pork shoulder, and utilize it in several different ways. First, I slow cook the pork on a grill or in a crock pot imparting flavor with herbs, veggies and spices, and create a wonderful meal like Indian Spiced Pork over Bulgar Wheat with Coconut Ginger Tomato sauce. Then, I portion out the remaining protein. I use some of the pork to create tacos or quesadillas later in the week. The rest goes into the freezer in small portions that I can pull out to make Cuban sandwiches on a busy night. The same method works for cooking a whole chicken, or roasting a split turkey breast. I come up with one main idea, and several follow-up ideas to enjoy the meat in different ways. It's generally less expensive to buy the larger cut of meat as opposed to smaller cuts that a butcher has to prepare. Planning is the key in this situation! It makes me so excited to smell a chicken roasting, knowing that I'll be devouring it as a main dish, an arugula salad topper, and as enchiladas! My brain is constantly playing with this question, and it is so much fun to come up with new solutions. I find my clients are grateful to have a plan that prevents them from wasting food and stretches their dollar.


Sondra_1
1/25/2011 4:27:50 PM

I like to substitute beans for part or all of the meat in a recipe. For instance, cutting down the beef in a stew, and adding some kidney beans to make Minestrone instead. My all time favorite is chickpeas instead of chicken in Indian Butter chicken. So good!




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