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Old 02-19-2017, 12:13 AM
 
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I do freeze veg when they go on sale, recently a store had green bells on sale at 4 for $1, which is a good price as normally thye are .69 each, so I bought about 8 & froze them, now I can add them to other dishes. I also froze some corn last summer, when it was super cheap. I also froze some spinach when I am done eating spinach salad, those bags are big. But I still buy frozen veg for variety.
Curious on the bolded part. Are you freezing the spinach just to use to add to cooked dishes? You surely can't use it for salads. I know I tried freezing whole unopened bags of spinach when it went on sale and it came out so wet and soggy once thawed so I just used it to add to cooked dishes like a spaghetti dish, scrambled eggs/omelettes, stir fries, etc or in smoothies. Now, for those dishes I just purchase the frozen spinach which is much more cost effective for that purpose. But I do LOVE my spinach salads and wish there was a way I could purchase it fresh in bulk and have it last longer.

Otherwise, for OP's question: For the most part I only purchase (in bulk) frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts, ground turkey, fish, bagged veggies and bagged fruit for smoothies. I never purchase any frozen pre-made dinners, etc because of all of the salt and preservatives.

I always cook large amounts from scratch (with above as well as fresh veggies when available) and then freeze in meal-portioned containers; chili, soups, ground turkey taco meat, cooked chicken chopped up, spaghetti with sauce, homemade (healthified) cookies and bars.

My WW flour, ground flax meal, flax seeds, chia seeds, dark chocolate, etc are all stored in the freezer because I always buy in bulk and they are not used up quick enough and to also prevent bugs.
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Old 02-19-2017, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Curious on the bolded part. Are you freezing the spinach just to use to add to cooked dishes? You surely can't use it for salads. I know I tried freezing whole unopened bags of spinach when it went on sale and it came out so wet and soggy once thawed so I just used it to add to cooked dishes like a spaghetti dish, scrambled eggs/omelettes, stir fries, etc or in smoothies. Now, for those dishes I just purchase the frozen spinach which is much more cost effective for that purpose. But I do LOVE my spinach salads and wish there was a way I could purchase it fresh in bulk and have it last longer.

Otherwise, for OP's question: For the most part I only purchase (in bulk) frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts, ground turkey, fish, bagged veggies and bagged fruit for smoothies. I never purchase any frozen pre-made dinners, etc because of all of the salt and preservatives.

I always cook large amounts from scratch (with above as well as fresh veggies when available) and then freeze in meal-portioned containers; chili, soups, ground turkey taco meat, cooked chicken chopped up, spaghetti with sauce, homemade (healthified) cookies and bars.

My WW flour, ground flax meal, flax seeds, chia seeds, dark chocolate, etc are all stored in the freezer because I always buy in bulk and they are not used up quick enough and to also prevent bugs.
I am pretty sure she uses her frozen spinach only for cooking. I will do the same thing from time to time. It is better than letting it spoil. Fresh spinach just doesn't keep that long, compared to other greens.
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Old 02-19-2017, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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You can grind any cut as long as it is boneless. Some cuts will give you more fat, some will give you leaner burger.

Boneless skinless chicken breast often goes on sale and it makes a very nice ground chicken. I've got a turkey bought on sale that is going to have the breast meat ground, the thighs and legs cooked and stripped for enchiladas, and the bones boiled for broth.

For the people, I grind chuck, which is shoulder. I buy the certified angus, choice grade, so it is rather fatty, but has great flavor. One time I bought the certified angus top round and mixed that with the chuck, which gave a leaner burger, but it wasn't a hit with the family. Round makes a good lean burger, it's just my family likes the flavor of the chuck.

I bought select grade beef top round for my dogs at $2.38 a pound. That makes a lean ground beef, but in order to get that price, you have to buy a box, which is about 80 pounds. That select grade round would give you a better burger than most of what you might buy in the grocery store. Unless you are buying top quality. Costco sells good burger, but the last time I looked, it was $5 a pound.

You can grind a pork shoulder, too. Those go on sale fairly often. That grinds better if it is well chilled.
good information. Though I do not do it myself, I can see where grinding your own pork paticularly would save money. Ground pork is so much more expensive than buying a shoulder and doing it yourself.
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:20 PM
 
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I buy frozen meatballs because per pound they are cheaper than me making my own. Those are for meatball subs. For spaghetti and meatballs I make my own.

I make my own french fries from potatoes. I used to buy the frozen fries but a bag of potatoes is much cheaper.

Speaking of does anyone grind their own beef? I'm thinking about getting and attachment for my Kitchen Aid.

I have never found frozen meatballs that taste good. They are never as fluffy than own made ones.

Frozen french fries cost practically nothing. Less than 10 cents per serving I guess. Considering the waste by peeling the potatoes and the needed water to clean them. The savings will be very puny.

KitchenAid, isn't that the mixer that breaks down so easily? I wouldn't by such inferior crap. Buy a more durable one, it will also cost much less. But I doubt that you will save money if you would buy an attachment for grinding beef.
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:50 PM
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I buy frozen vegetables, fish and beef patties. I would prefer to buy vegetables in the produce department but there are too expensive.
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have never found frozen meatballs that taste good. They are never as fluffy than own made ones.

Frozen french fries cost practically nothing. Less than 10 cents per serving I guess. Considering the waste by peeling the potatoes and the needed water to clean them. The savings will be very puny.

KitchenAid, isn't that the mixer that breaks down so easily? I wouldn't by such inferior crap. Buy a more durable one, it will also cost much less. But I doubt that you will save money if you would buy an attachment for grinding beef.
I've been using my KitchenAid pretty hard for about ten years. I paid $350 for it back then and it was a good investment. I use it about four times a week, sometimes more.
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Old 02-19-2017, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Bay Area California
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I've been using my KitchenAid pretty hard for about ten years. I paid $350 for it back then and it was a good investment. I use it about four times a week, sometimes more.
Same here. My KA is a tank.
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Old 02-19-2017, 04:43 PM
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I don't grind meat because hamburger meat is cheaper than the meat I'd have to buy to grind. I buy a 10 lb tube of 90% lean ground beef at Sam's for about $27. It doesn't have any weird gristly pieces or nasty bits in it. The cheapest I ever see beef at the store is $3/lb for boneless ribs or shoulder roast, and I have to trim a lot off of those before I can use them, so grinding meat would not be cost-effective for me.

About frozen food, I freeze meat and I buy plain frozen vegetables. I don't buy any other frozen food. I will cook and freeze food but the frozen meals that I can eat are so expensive that I can't imagine buying them. I used to buy frozen fries but I can't use them anymore because I'm now allergic to soy, including the oil, and it's in most of them.
I have always been afraid to try those tube rolls. Now I will give them a try. Thanks


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Originally Posted by oregonwoodsmoke View Post
You can grind any cut as long as it is boneless. Some cuts will give you more fat, some will give you leaner burger.

Boneless skinless chicken breast often goes on sale and it makes a very nice ground chicken. I've got a turkey bought on sale that is going to have the breast meat ground, the thighs and legs cooked and stripped for enchiladas, and the bones boiled for broth.

For the people, I grind chuck, which is shoulder. I buy the certified angus, choice grade, so it is rather fatty, but has great flavor. One time I bought the certified angus top round and mixed that with the chuck, which gave a leaner burger, but it wasn't a hit with the family. Round makes a good lean burger, it's just my family likes the flavor of the chuck.

I bought select grade beef top round for my dogs at $2.38 a pound. That makes a lean ground beef, but in order to get that price, you have to buy a box, which is about 80 pounds. That select grade round would give you a better burger than most of what you might buy in the grocery store. Unless you are buying top quality. Costco sells good burger, but the last time I looked, it was $5 a pound.

You can grind a pork shoulder, too. Those go on sale fairly often. That grinds better if it is well chilled.
Good tips…thank you.


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I don't grind meat. Its not worth it to me because I live alone and only use ground pork sometimes for homemade McRib.
The frozen foods I buy are tortellini, peas and spinach. The frozen prepared food like pot-pies, dinners, etc are too salty.
I home freeze summer fruits and vegetables, breads, soups, roasts, steaks, homemade waffles, and milk.
Hmm…how do you make a McRib? Those are one of those terrible fast foods that I like, lol.


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I do freeze veg when they go on sale, recently a store had green bells on sale at 4 for $1, which is a good price as normally thye are .69 each, so I bought about 8 & froze them, now I can add them to other dishes. I also froze some corn last summer, when it was super cheap. I also froze some spinach when I am done eating spinach salad, those bags are big. But I still buy frozen veg for variety.
Great price on peppers. Ours are always high. I tried growing them but have no luck with peppers.


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Hubby and I are probably in the middle with a strong leaning toward fresh. There are a couple things that are guilty pleasures. We don't have them often enough to warrant making from scratch and freezing for later. We also keep a couple things available for nights that schedules get weird or we just don't feel like fixing dinner.

Frozen purchases:
Veggie Patties or Veggie Bites (love the Don Lee Farms ones at Costco)
Portabella Ravioli
Meatballs (generally used for a last minute gotta think of something quick meal)
Pot Pie (ONLY Blakes. Much lower in sodium, less processed and the crust is much better. A guilty pleasure item)
Plain Frozen Veggies (peas, corn, green beans, broccoli)
Plain Frozen Fruit (pineapple chunks, mixed berries, blueberries)
Chicken Breasts (individually frozen packages of 2.5 lbs)
Chile Relleno from Trader Joes (Guilty pleasure item and a passable Chile Relleno. Beats anything served locally)
Ham Steaks (from Costco. Hubby loves ham and a regular baked ham is just too much for the two of us)

Everything else is fresh. Most meats come from Costco so we portion out into dinner size packages and freeze. Things that come in smaller portions get frozen as is. Fresh fruit and veggies weekly from the Farmers Market and if nothing amazing grabs us, we'll supplement with what we have frozen.

We're fortunate to have a separate upright freezer so a lot of other things get frozen as well. We freeze excess oatmeal, flours, etc to make sure we don't get bug problems. Always have frozen walnuts on hand. When I make pasta sauce or applesauce I always make a double batch and freeze the extra. When hubby's favorite bacon or sausage goes on sale, we'll get an extra or two and those go in the freezer.
I love Ham steaks. I make them about once a month and the next morning is French Toast and leftovers. I love maple syrup and ham steaks, lol.


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I have never found frozen meatballs that taste good. They are never as fluffy than own made ones.

Frozen french fries cost practically nothing. Less than 10 cents per serving I guess. Considering the waste by peeling the potatoes and the needed water to clean them. The savings will be very puny.

KitchenAid, isn't that the mixer that breaks down so easily? I wouldn't by such inferior crap. Buy a more durable one, it will also cost much less. But I doubt that you will save money if you would buy an attachment for grinding beef.
Ehh…my husband and the kids like the Walmart meatballs and since I make so many things homemade a cheat meal once in awhile is fine with me.

There are many different Kitchen Aid stand mixers. They range from a 250 watt motor and 4.5 quarts to the 600 series which has a 575 watt motor and 6 quarts. There is a big difference from the bottom to the top. Mine is a tank and not inferior.


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I've been using my KitchenAid pretty hard for about ten years. I paid $350 for it back then and it was a good investment. I use it about four times a week, sometimes more.
I love mine.

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Same here. My KA is a tank.
Mine too….I hope to never drop it on my foot
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Old 02-19-2017, 08:19 PM
 
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Frozen french fries cost practically nothing. Less than 10 cents per serving I guess. Considering the waste by peeling the potatoes and the needed water to clean them. The savings will be very puny.
Please read the small print on the ingredients list.
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Old 02-19-2017, 09:26 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have always been afraid to try those tube rolls. Now I will give them a try. Thanks



The guys who work the meat department at Sam's told me that the stuff they grind in store is the same as what's in the tubes. They open the tube and put the meat through the grinder.

I have had weird stuff in a tube from somewhere else, and weird gristle bits. But not the meat from Sam's. It's good every time.
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