Eating Well on a Budget

Phaedra Geiermann

Deeply Rooted
Joined
Jun 26, 2021
Messages
1,018
Reaction score
4,578
Points
175
Location
Schleiden, Germany
I bought cheap chicken thighs to dehydrate for the pets. I took all the scraps and bones and made some stock. I have to chill it yet to separate the fat. I like using the stock. It is harder to use the fat. I usually toss it. I wonder if the cats would like it? Probably not -they are so picky.View attachment 52063View attachment 52064
I usually removed the chicken skin before making stock, cut them into smaller pieces, and then seasoned them with garlic, salt, and chili powder. The seasoned chicken skin will offer a rich fat and flavor when I stir-fry vegetables.

Our cats and dogs are raw-fed, so they will eat chicken skin, meat, organs, and bone on their plates.
 

ducks4you

Garden Master
Joined
Sep 4, 2009
Messages
8,938
Reaction score
8,543
Points
397
Location
East Central IL, Was Zone 6, Now...maybe Zone 5
Funny, I started to pressure can stock specifically to use NO salt! I made another chuck roast Sunday and started with beef stock to cook down the potatoes. I would have added carrots, but I steamed green beans instead. I had to water the "Broth" (bc my stock is really rich), to cover the potatoes in my little crock pot, and, since I didn't make yorkshire pudding this time, I was able to save a quart of the leftover broth for the dogs. I don't worry about a small layer of grease. I recently opened beef broth from January. No problems with storage.
 

ducks4you

Garden Master
Joined
Sep 4, 2009
Messages
8,938
Reaction score
8,543
Points
397
Location
East Central IL, Was Zone 6, Now...maybe Zone 5
We made chili yesterday, which, as I have said, is Laced with tomatoes.
1 quart of tomatoes with a pint of pinto beans, cooked overnight to rehydrate, 1 1/2 quarts of tomatoes, 3 pounds of 80/20 hamburger, 3 large onions, 3 sweet peppers (from my plants,) 3 jars of chili sauce, cumin and chili powder, to taste. It filled my crock pot.
We had it for late lunch and dinner. DD's want it for dinner tonight. I stored 4 quarts and a little over a pint in the fridge. I had originally planned to pressure can it, but I think we will eat through 3 quarts tonight, and then the rest will be gone by Tuesday/Wednesday.
Also, I have started to harvest cucumbers and they will be part of today's lunch.
Ya know, my MIL grew up in a little town in S Central IL, born in 1920. Her uncle was a butcher, and she didn't know that there was a Depression bc they all grew gardens and ate Very well.
 

Phaedra Geiermann

Deeply Rooted
Joined
Jun 26, 2021
Messages
1,018
Reaction score
4,578
Points
175
Location
Schleiden, Germany
I baked today, one half-sized Pullman loaf, one large tray of soft dinner rolls, and one small tray of Anpan (Japanese style soft bread with azuki bean paste)
9458.jpg


9462.jpg

9461.jpg


Baking at home also saves a lot of money; of course, the products could also be more delicious than what are offered in ordinary bakeries.
 

digitS'

Garden Master
Joined
Dec 13, 2007
Messages
23,414
Reaction score
20,158
Points
457
Location
border, ID/WA(!)
@Phaedra Geiermann , I have really liked the azuki bean dessert bread. I know that I have said it before but @Zeedman sent me azuki seeds years ago and the plants didn't even mature seed despite growing in a healthy way. Too much outside their suitable environment.

My parents were born in the "teens," @ducks4you . Mom said that she didn't know there was a depression because they were always depressed.

:D. They moved out of town to a ranch when she was a kid. I don't think that they had many cattle despite being way back in the hinterland. Machinery costs and I didn't see all that many acres cleared for hay when visiting as a kid myself, a decade after they had moved away. Grandma was the gardener.

Dad's family was the cash crop farm family in New Mexico but they had to get there first. Fortunately, they moved out of Oklahoma before the Dust Bowl Drought hit. His older brother said that they moved after the boys were old enough to pick cotton on the way ;). Dad may have gotten out of that work because he was only 10, as best as I understand. He attended school in Texas because the move took more than a year.

Steve
 

Dahlia

Deeply Rooted
Joined
Nov 24, 2020
Messages
569
Reaction score
1,267
Points
155
Location
Pacific Northwest
We made chili yesterday, which, as I have said, is Laced with tomatoes.
1 quart of tomatoes with a pint of pinto beans, cooked overnight to rehydrate, 1 1/2 quarts of tomatoes, 3 pounds of 80/20 hamburger, 3 large onions, 3 sweet peppers (from my plants,) 3 jars of chili sauce, cumin and chili powder, to taste. It filled my crock pot.
We had it for late lunch and dinner. DD's want it for dinner tonight. I stored 4 quarts and a little over a pint in the fridge. I had originally planned to pressure can it, but I think we will eat through 3 quarts tonight, and then the rest will be gone by Tuesday/Wednesday.
Also, I have started to harvest cucumbers and they will be part of today's lunch.
Ya know, my MIL grew up in a little town in S Central IL, born in 1920. Her uncle was a butcher, and she didn't know that there was a Depression bc they all grew gardens and ate Very well.
Your chili sounds delicious! 😋 Very similar to one of my chili recipes. I typically make homemade cornbread to go on the side.
 

Latest posts

Top