Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Using it all up, not wasting a bit!
What about the remaining, cooked turkey meat?
-Monday's supper was again for 6, this time we had turkey-cooked dried pintos (from the freezer, planned ahead)tacos on flour tortillas. Options of homemade taco sauce, homemade salsa, baby organic salad greens, chopped tomato, reheated leftover brown rice, home shredded Monteray Jack cheese, lite sour cream. Side of canned corn.
-Tuesday's supper (tonight) is already in the Crock Pot: turkey-canned kidney bean chilli, including chopped onion, 1 quart home canned organic tomatoes, chilli powder. I will make some corn bread from scratch later this afternoon. Option of cheese on top of chilli, if desired. Perhaps a green salad on the side as well.
Meat has become more and more difficult to afford, so I stick to my price limits/lb, and have eliminated more and more cuts, as they are cost prohibitive. More and more, I find vegetarian based dishes being served, or when meat is served, I stretch it 50-50 with beans and other legumes. Avoiding food waste is one of my goals, due to the time, energy as well as money invested in ingredients. Highest on the list, naturally, is avoiding meat waste and getting every scrap off of every carcass used. I am quite pleased with my $7/7 lb turkey breast: 2 meals for 6, another meal for at least 4, with the possibility of some lunch leftovers for 1-2 people tomorrow. Factor in the upcoming soup and there will be at least 6 more servings, if not more. Pretty economical.
The usual has been happening around here: laundry done in cold, hung up to dry in front of the large radiator. Home cooked meals, eating down the stockpile/freezer. Another bonus is that once again, I am contemplating moving out of this expensive to heat home, come Summer. Less on hand=less to move. Ideally, a 3 bedroom, 1 1/2-2 bath, 1400-2000 sq foot, at least one covered parking space, would do nicely.
I have to weigh my options, however, noting that any increase in rent charges (there would be a definite increase in rent) has to offset the increased oil charges for remaining in an energy inefficient home + the lower rent for this place, by comparison. The types of rentals I have been eyeballing, are approx. $400-$500 more than what I am currently paying, and I estimate that moving to an efficient home would save me $300/month. I also factor in that my current luxury of a monthly cleaning service could be reduced (I would hope) if the square footage of a different rental situation was smaller, therefor offering some additional offset. Can't hurt to seek options, knowing that a move would be a major hassle and an expense-something we are certainly not looking for at the moment. I need to stay in this town for 2 more years, once the youngest are out of school, then I am free to move to another town/city that I know would be much cheaper for me, and would offer many more options. Finding a rental is difficult in this town. Just some musings.