Make a Meal Planner From Your Stock Pile
Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 8:55 am
Now that you have gathered a great stock pile of groceries, it is time to figure out how to use it. Ideally, you will want to make sure you use everything before it expires. Another goal is to use the food that you already have, without having to spend much more to make a meal. Here are some tips that can help you achieve these goals.
If you have been keeping up with the organization of your stock pile, then you should have a pretty good idea about what foods you already have at home. The trick now is to find the most efficient, and most economical, way to use it.
One way to do this is write out all of the meals that you will be making for your family in a given week. This includes breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Start filling in the blanks with food from your stockpile.
For example, for breakfast this week, you could alternate between the cereal that you have on your shelves with the frozen waffles that are in your freezer. You might have stored away some maple syrup for the waffles. So far, this isn’t costing you anything. Check the sales papers from your local grocery store to see which one has milk and orange juice on sale this week. Or, use up the frozen orange juice, if you bought some.
Dinner might include whatever meat you have stored in your freezer. Make a note on your planner that you need to defrost the meat before you can cook it. A quick, inexpensive, meal can come from hamburger, pasta, a can of tomato sauce, diced green pepper and onions. Again, the sales paper from the grocery store can tell you if those vegetables are on sale.
If not, then you might try your local farmers’ market. It may or may not be less costly than what the grocery store has. However, it is a great source of fresh vegetables that have been grown locally. Pick up a head of lettuce, and some fresh tomatoes. Use up the croutons and salad dressing that is in your stock pile. Serve it with your homemade version of Hamburger Helper.
Get into the habit of planning meals based around the foods that you already have on your shelves, and in your freezer. It might take a little practice before you get the hang of it. Ultimately, it is going to help you save money because you will be making sure you use everything before it expires. This method can also prevent you from making unnecessary purchases.