Archive | September 2011

Buying in bulk, storing in the freezer

Breadmachine with freshly baked bread.

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I love to bake!  I am always baking something:  muffins, bread (using a bread machine), brownies, cookies, etc.  I try to save money by stocking up on baking needs when they are on sale.  I often store surplus supplies in the freezer.  I do this with flour and yeast.  We are trying to eat healthy, so I like to use whole wheat flour in everything I bake.  I have come to love King Arthur Flour’s white whole wheat flour.  I wait for it to go on sale at Meijer, then stock up & store it in the freezer (I store my white all-purpose flour in the freezer as well).

Active dried yeast, a granulated form in which...

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I buy yeast in bulk at Sam’s club.  I fill a half pint jar for the fridge & place the rest in the freezer.  When I run out, I simply refill my jar & put the rest back in the freezer.  I have never had yeast go bad (inactive) using this method.  I freeze cake mixes, brownie mixes, cornbread mixes – anything that might get buggy.

In the fall when veggies are ripe in the garden I chop zucchini & onions & put them in the freezer.  I’ve done this with peppers as well (as long as I’m not going to leave them there long).  I have had peppers ready before tomatoes, chopped the peppers & stored in the freezer until I’m ready to make salsa.

Ever open a can of pasta or pizza sauce & not use it all?  Put the rest in the freezer.  How about veggies?  Ever make a vegetable for supper & have a little left over?  I keep an old margarine container in the freezer;  when I have a little leftover vegetable left, I put it in this container.  When the container is full, I make soup or pot pies, etc.

Hope this helps you save some money & reduce your food waste.  Gotta go…time to take the bread out of the  machine.  Enjoy!

Fettucine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo

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Last night I made Fettucine Alfredo from scratch for the first time.  It was really pretty easy to make & tasted great.  I thought I would share the recipe with you.

Easy Alfredo Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 tsp. ground pepper

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic powder and cream cheese, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Slowly add milk, continuing to stir with whisk and work out any lumps. Then add Parmesan cheese and pepper, turning down heat and stir until desired consistency.

With the Alfredo sauce recipe above, all you need to add is some cooked pasta and you have a meal! You can add toppings that you have on hand or that are in season very inexpensively.

* Chicken/turkey

*Broccoli, asparagus, green beans

Serve this up with a big, warm loaf of French or garlic bread and dinner’s on!  My family loved this.  I will definitely add it to our favorites list!

Recipe from the e-book “Just Get ‘Em Fed” by Kelly Morris