There are two things I’m loving right now: my slow cooker and beans. Both make the frugal life worth living.
A few years ago, I tried to save money by substituting T-bone steak with chuck steak. At the time, I thought you cooked both cuts of beef the same. So, I seasoned the chuck steak and fried it on the stove. What a mistake. There was no salvaging that disaster. Not even the powerful jaws of a pit bull could break that meat down it was so tough.
A couple years passed before I decided to try my hand at preparing chuck beef again. My past failure served as a learning experience. It wasn’t until recently I realized tough cuts are no match for the tenderizing, deliciofying slow cooker. No words in the English language can adequately describe the emotions that welled up inside of me when I discovered I wasn’t relegated to eating $5 per pound beef for the rest of my life. God bless you inventor of the slow cooker.
In case you’re wondering, I still haven’t cooked any beans from scratch. The canned varieties are so convenient, nutritious and delicious. I even managed to snag a few cans of white beans from Harris Teeter for $0.67 each.
Earlier today, I pulled everything out of my pantry in preparation for an organization voyage I’m about to embark on. As a result, I noticed my bean collection is piling up. I’m going to do something about that this week.
Monday/Tuesday – Beef Stew with Carrots & Mushrooms
Wednesday/Thursday – Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas
Friday/Saturday – Chili with Black, Pinto & Kidney Beans
Sunday – Red Baron Pepperoni Pizza (Bought for $1.75 per box after discount and coupon. Hehehe.)
Is there a particular kitchen gadget or food you’d recommend to someone who’s new to frugal cooking?