The other day I overheard Chris sharing about our love for refrigeration, and I got to thinking about the quirky kitchen things we do to stay frugal and keep this large family afloat. Maybe you do them, too. Maybe they’re not quirky at all. Help me add to the list!
Freeze your loaf. I buy bread two or three loaves at a time, in order to get it on sale. One loaf stays in the fridge, and the rest live in the freezer. We never worry about moldy or stale bread, and the slices make their way to room temp by the time we eat! We keep bananas in the fridge, too, since we buy so many at a time.
Break up the bouquet. Whenever we buy fresh flowers, we split them up as soon as we get home. I keep a small vase near the front door, another one on the kitchen table, and two more scattered around the house – even upstairs! It’s more work to clean up afterwards, but a little floral cheer sure goes a long way. Also, stick to wild flowers and hardier blooms. You can keep those suckers going for weeks!
Portion ahead. It’s amazing how much of a difference this makes. One specific example: My family loves chicken BBQ. Recently, I tried an experiment to see if I could stretch my chicken and I portioned sandwiches out first. In the end, I got eight extra sandwiches… enough for seconds all around!
Water it down. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Hard times come and go; I have been known to water down juice – and even milk. I buy organic whole milk, and that stuff is not cheap. I might not give my kids milk that’s been stripped down, but I’ll occasionally give them nature’s version! They’ve never complained, and I’ve had it myself. Tastes just like 2%, I promise.
I’m sure the oddities abound, but that’s all I can think of right now now.
Your turn! Teach me your ways!