Friday, July 17, 2009

How I Save Money on Meat

I watch the sales and when I find meat on sale for $2lb. or less I buy a large amount and repackage them at home into meal size portions.

I check for marked down meat to buy that didn’t sell quick enough. I can usually find the on sale meat for $2lb. at half the price. If I am running low on meat I will also look at the expiration dates and then go back to the store the night before it expires when it’s marked down.

Pork Loin
1. I buy Pork loin instead of pork chops it is usually cheaper and it is boneless. I have the butcher slice it about a ¼ of an inch thick for chops.
2. Buy a large pork loin and cut it in half for a roast it’s cheaper than beef.
3. Put half of a pork lion in the Crockpot and let it cook on high for 6 hours drain off the broth and then shred with a fork and add 2 bottles of BBQ sauce.

Ham
1. Buy an extra ham at Easter.
2. I buy a large ham and have the butcher slice it for sandwiches instead of using deli meat.

Turkey
Buy 2 extra turkey’s at Thanksgiving to freeze. In the middle of January defrost, and bake a turkey. When it’s cool take the meat off the bones and put it in freezer bags about a pound each. Then do the same with the other turkey. I use the meat for sandwiches and casseroles.

Chicken
1. Buy a 10 lb. bag of Chicken Leg Quarters fro $5.59 and separate the quarters into freezer bags of meal size portions for my family. I can usually get 3 meals out of 1 bag.
2. Buy a 10 lb. bag of Chicken Leg Quarters and bake it and then when it’s cool take the meat off the bones and put it in freezer bags about a pound each. I like to use this for recipes that say to use diced boneless chicken. I can then save my boneless chicken for recipes that I would be using them whole.

Pork Sausage
I will use pork sausage in place of hamburger if it is cheaper.


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