Even if you don't have a hungry family waiting for your next brilliant meal every evening, you probably wonder from time to time (like when the Dow drops) how to save money when shopping, cooking, and storing food. We see discussions on these topics all the time in our forums. In the Family Meal Solutions section, for example, one poster recently inquired:
"It seems like the prices of many foods, especially our favorite, meat, have skyrocketed lately. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can make good quality meals (with meat!) for less money?"
She got 14 excellent replies. Here are some of the solutions:
1. Stock up on meat and freeze it.
2. Have "meatless Mondays."
3. Load up on "buy one/get one free" deals.
4. Consider making noodle casseroles.
5. Two words: meat sauce.
6. Braise a tough and cheap cut of meat.
7. Slice meat onto a pasta dish once in a while.
9. Experiment with turkey thighs; they're inexpensive.
10. "Gravy bread" = open-faced, hot beef sandwich light on the beef.
Did your family ever "solve" this problem when you were growing up? Share your thoughts by commenting on the blog or visit the forums.
James Oliver Cury is the executive editor of Epicurious.com. He is a member of the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Committee and has been a judge at the Culinary Institute of America, the Jack Daniels World Barbecue Championship, and the Food Network's Iron Chef show. He's written for dozens of magazines, including Esquire, Playboy, Details, Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Men's Journal, SPIN, Glamour , US Magazine, Food & Wine, and Every Day with Rachael Ray.
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