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Old 03-12-2018, 07:35 PM
 
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As I've gotten older and more financially comfortable and remained single, there are certain things I'm willing to spend money on to save time and mess. Two areas in particular come to mind - I'll buy my butternut squash and broccoli already cut up and I'll buy my bacon "precooked."

With the bacon especially, I realized the extra expense for the precooked bacon saved a lot of mess and time spent cleaning up grease spatter and my electric skillet. I like my bacon crisp, so I just stick it in the microwave for 1:15 minutes. I have two pieces of it at most in a day in my morning breakfast burrito.

With the squash, I just like having fingers and not dealing with the cleanup, but the broccoli, it's more of a waste thing - I don't do anything with the broccoli stems, so why should I keep them? The dogs will munch on them, but they fill up on 'em pretty quickly.
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I buy a few pre-cut vegetables too...okra (sliced), spiral vegetables, sometimes asparagus (cleaned and lower stalk removed).....hard squashes too. Occasionally pre cut fruit, like watermelon, as I'm like you, too much waste to deal with...

Rotiss. chicken, or hot, prepared Chinese food they have at the groc store.
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I've been known to purchase some vegetables pre-chopped, but not when the markup is significant.

I almost never make pastry pie crust; 99% of the time, buy the refrigerated kind you unroll.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:45 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I don't buy any pre-cut vegetables or fruit, but I would buy frozen pizza dough (ball), ground meat, bagged lettuce or minced garlic. Those are probably the only things I buy that are somehow "prepared" to save time.
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:31 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I buy garlic in the jar. Sometimes I buy frozen vegetables. That's really it, though. I make more food from scratch than I ever used to. I don't buy pre-cut fresh fruit or veggies because I worry about contamination.
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:50 AM
 
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i buy crab meat in one pound containers..... i stopped catching them years ago...

and sometimes i will buy steak i haven't butchered myself......


and on very rare occasions i will buy sausage ...i haven't made
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:29 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I no longer grind my coffee beans. I don't know if it's age, or just what, but I don't think I can tell the difference any longer. Plus, I hate the mess. Two friends my age report the same thing happening in their lives.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:26 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Since it's just me these days I will sometimes buy precut vegetables and definitely jarred garlic. Most of the time I have a protein and a vegetable or salad for dinner. Last night I made chicken with yellow rice and spinach and I made enough so I don't have to cook at all for the next two nights. I bought the GreenWise chicken breasts from Publix and cut it up myself. I would have to be pretty desperate to eat canned chicken or salmon. Yuck.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:12 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I would buy minced garlic.
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I buy garlic in the jar.
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and definitely jarred garlic
One of the things I cannot stand in this world is precut garlic in a jar. Just the smell is enough to send me running for the other room with a sink. But I like the easier, softer way as much as anyone else, so I sprinkle certain things (roasted vegetables [esp. potatoes], lentils, chili) with Penzey's Granulated Garlic Powder. It's not the same taste as I get when I chop fresh garlic, which I still do. It's its own very enjoyable flavor. Other brands may work as well, but I'm not certain, as I never used to like the taste of plain garlic powder.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:28 AM
 
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One of the things I cannot stand in this world is precut garlic in a jar. Just the smell is enough to send me running for the other room with a sink. But I like the easier, softer way as much as anyone else, so I sprinkle certain things (roasted vegetables [esp. potatoes], lentils, chili) with Penzey's Granulated Garlic Powder. It's not the same taste as I get when I chop fresh garlic, which I still do. It's its own very enjoyable flavor. Other brands may work as well, but I'm not certain, as I never used to like the taste of plain garlic powder.
I agree on the jarred garlic. I used the kind that comes in a refrigerated tube for a whiel, but the price irked me. I still buy things like cilantro and Italian herbs in a tube in winter - it keeps longer than actual fresh herbs but isn't pickled like the jarred garlic. When it's not garlic, I find those tubes to be more cost effective.
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