One way I have been able to save some money this winter on my food budget is to make large batches of soup and freeze them in portion sized containers. My favorite to use are Premier for really two reasons:
1 – they come in perfect portion sizes (1.25 and 2 cups )
2 - tomato based soups don’t stain Premier since they are stain resistant.
They are convenient for taking to lunch or having a warm dinner without the fuss of preparing a meal after work. Tip – take them out 24 hours since the soup tastes better when it defrosts naturally. I then microwave it to warm it up when I am ready for a quick meal.
Buster’s Beef & Vegetable Stew
Heat ½ stick margarine
Add 3 onions diced small and 6 stalks of celery, chopped
Add 2” water and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes
Add 2 lbs stew beef and cook for another 15-20 minutes
Add 10 small diced peeled potatoes (about ½” size) and cook another 15-20 minutes
Finally, add 4 cans diced tomatoes, 3 cans of corn, and 3 cans butter beans (aka lima beans)
Simmer along, and add salt, pepper, sugar and hot sauce to tast
Does anyone know other tips for saving $ this winter?