Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I thought time in the kitchen was what I needed after being off my feet for a week. Of course being hungry had a lot to do with it too. There are people wondering how I’ve gotten my A1C levels down so close to normal. Quite simply I’m eating as much as possible what I can make myself without all the sugars, salt, and chemicals. I’m pretending its 1943 all over again. Here is an example of how I cook without a lot of expense or time. I use one day a week, usually Saturday, to make ahead foods. I do as much multi-tasking as I can on that one day.
This time I’m still getting my strength back. I started by making a loaf of bread.
Bread just cries out for jam. Ok, the sugar content in jam is much too high for me to eat. I’ve been using plain fruit as a natural sweetener. Dehydrated fruits are really good as a sugar replacement. I made a half pint of raisin spread to go on the bread.
There was some chicken breasts in the freezer that I needed to use soon so I cooked those for some quick meal fixings. Chicken soup, chicken pot pie, chicken chili, chicken bbq, chicken stir fry, etc.
I boiled them so I could also make some chicken stock in the process. I canned ten pints of stock and had 12 packs of chicken for quick meals.
The smell of chicken cooking had me hungry so I decided to have some chicken salad. That left 11 packs of chicken in the freezer. Well, my chicken salad needs mayonnaise, which meant I should make some. I made a pint. I made my mayonnaise recipe three times which came out to one pint. The size of the egg makes a difference. I used medium size.
The chicken salad was a simple one without relish. I’m out of homemade relish and the store kind has too much sugar, salt, and chemicals in it. This tasted so good! I think I have my appetite back.
I chopped up 10 red bell peppers for the freezer too. I got all ten of them for $2 in the discount bin. I looked at the price on the shelf and they are selling for $1.99 each. Not a bad bargain.
I’m doing like Kay and eating down the food in my freezer. I hope to make it last until I’m able to go to the food banks again in the spring. No raise on SS is hurting all of us.