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“Free” Chicken Wings

19 May

My husband’s engine  on his truck that he loves dearly went a few weeks ago.  That combined with some other extra expenses and  hiccups in income, are encouraging us to become creative with our thriftiness, getting that truck up and running as soon as we can.

One thing I do is use whole chickens.  I often roast one for a meal and have leftover for soup or a thrifty chicken dish like this.  Then I use the bones for stock.  Another trick to get even more out of one of these little guys is,  taking off the wings, I take them off before I cook the chicken, split them and throw them in a ziplock. You get 4 pieces off of each chicken.  I use at least 2 chickens a month, so in two months, I have 16 chicken wings to cook up.  Easy as that!

I’ll probably have some more good money saving tips coming up, I’m getting pretty good at making breads, not eating out, preparing menus, so some of this should be coming soon!

Head back to We are that Family for more tips on Works for Me Wednesday

 
 

For the love of soup (and homemade stock)

10 Apr

I love soup!  I fell in love while I was in culinary school.  I made potato chowder and all I could think of was watery mashed potatoes.  I was amazed when I tasted it, such a basic recipe but so creamy and full of flavor!   As I went from restaurant to restaurant I branched out more and more.  The last place I worked, the evening “chef”  made beef vegetable, beef vegetable and beef vegetable soup.  It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t anything special and finally I got to show my stuff and snuck something else in.  I had to fight tooth and nail to get him to stop making this stuff in 5 gallon buckets (seriously).  When I went on vacation, I would make batches of soup up and freeze them so he wouldn’t make anymore beef vegetable!

I have recently started making more soup at home.  It is frugal and so yummy and healthy. What I make most frequently is Chicken Vegetable with Brown Rice-pretty basic, but easy to make and the kids like it.   I often make a roast chicken in the crock pot, so here are a few tips on being frugal with your time and budget.

Take a whole chicken and pull the skin up and rub seasoned salt under, reach back into the legs, get it all over.  Place in your crock pot with a half cup-cup of water, maybe some veggies if you’d like, but you don’t have to.  Cook it for 6-8 hrs on low, 4-6 on high.  The juices make a great gravy, if you don’t do gravy, leave the liquid in the crock pot.

When it’s done, Take the meat off the bone and stick the bones back into the crock pot.  Fill with water to cover the bones and throw in any veggie scraps you have around, some salt, a couple bay leaves and peppercorns.  Cook on high for another 6 hours or so (even low overnight).  I just strain mine through a colander into another pot, then dish it out into small containers.

Maybe I’ll share some of my soup recipes soon, I’ll think about it….

*TIPS*

Washed out Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter jars-GREAT glass storage containers, we’re getting away from plastics here.

When I’m making soup, or anything else with celery, onions or carrots, I put the scraps into a ziploc in the freezer, when it’s time to make stock, I throw the veggies in my crock pot with the bones and put the bag back into the freezer, ready to fill again.

 
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