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active 7 years, 5 months ago

Right now my Tightwad efforts are going towards trying to use up foods from the freezers and older jars of canned food. I have good intentions when it comes to rotating food items but things slip to the bottom of the 25 ft chest freezer I know I have more caramelized onions, more okra but where? I did find the bag with oven baked tomatoes […] View


  • This really works, thanks so much.

  • Joyce posted an update in the group Tightwad Cooking 7 years, 7 months ago

    Your Boudin Sausage sounds tasty. I don’t know that our version would properly be called Boudin as we made some changes to suit our taste.Basically what we go with is 5 lbs ground pork, couple of cups of yellow bell peppers, 2 tsps black pepper 1 1/2 tsp basil, 3 sprigs rosemary, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 large onion chopped, 1 tbsp hot pepper, 2…[Read more]

  • Joyce posted an update in the group Tightwad Cooking 7 years, 8 months ago

    We have a couple of recipes for beef sausage but I agree that sausage generally tastes better with some pork added. We will be splitting a hog with a neighbor in a few weeks but for now I will probably get a pork shoulder. However there is no big hurry as we will be enjoying shepherds pie, spaghetti sauce, chili, hamburgers etc. The fresh…[Read more]

    • I have often told people that in the years prior to refrigeration fresh meat was a true luxury. Meat has to be refrigerated or cured very soon after it is harvested.

  • Joyce posted a new activity comment 7 years, 8 months ago

    Yes the meat was cut and wrapped at the slaughterhouse. They did a neat job as they use a vacuum sealer, and cut the meat as we asked. We always have done our own butchering so have the meat saws cooler etc. However because of time constraints, and outside temperatures decided to do it the easy way. Probably the only thing I would have done…[Read more]

    In reply to - Joyce posted an update in the group Tightwad Cooking Ross, thanks so much for the posts on being sensible about using leftovers, and planning on using larger pieces of meat for several meals. At times we have […] · View
  • Joyce posted an update in the group Tightwad Cooking 7 years, 8 months ago

    Ross, thanks so much for the posts on being sensible about using leftovers, and planning on using larger pieces of meat for several meals. At times we have had to be very careful about costs other times it has been because it seems immoral to me to waste edible food when there are others going hungry. That said I do need a boot once in a…[Read more]

    • Joyce, Did the slaughter house cut and wrap the beef? Liver is most easily cut when it is coft frozen. Often times if you ask they will saw the knuckles in half which make them better for cooking. When I was a kid mother had a hand cranked meat grinder that got a lot of use. She always hd us feed a few slices of bread after the last of the meat to…[Read more]

      • Yes the meat was cut and wrapped at the slaughterhouse. They did a neat job as they use a vacuum sealer, and cut the meat as we asked. We always have done our own butchering so have the meat saws cooler etc. However because of time constraints, and outside temperatures decided to do it the easy way. Probably the only thing I would have done…[Read more]

        • Joyce, You could probably go back you the butcher and ask for the tail(s) He may send them to the rendering plant. I have offered people oxtail soup and gotten some pretty strange replies. You would think that I had suggested cow lips for soup, although that would probably work. Have I posted this link before?…[Read more]

  • Joyce commented on the post, Pasta! 7 years, 11 months ago

    Cindy thanks for the post, we love homemade pasta and your pictures made me want to get out the pasta machine and go to work. I particularly like to make lasagna or cannelloni style noodles as we find the commercial ones too thick and heavy. I did have a hand cranked machine that was supposed […]

  • I have one silpat and two cheaper silicone mats and love them all. I re- use etc, but I have fallen for the toppers that look like cheap shower caps (very thin plastic) they have elastic round the edges, locally one of the Dollar Stores has them for $1 per box of 20. They come […]

  • Preheat oven to 400. Grease 12 muffin cups or put in paper liners. Mix dry ingredients flour, corn meal, baking powder, salt, sugar, soda, dried tomato flakes and grated cheese. In another bowl stir together the buttermilk, egg and oil. When mixed, pour into the dry ingredients and mix gently till moistened. Put into muffin […]

  • The chicken salad sounds lovely but how could you bear to scoop the inside out of the tomato?. We don’t even have any blooming plants yet, and when we do have the earliest tomatoes I always feel as if they should be put on a pedestal or something.

  • Joyce posted an update 8 years, 3 months ago

    Right now my Tightwad efforts are going towards trying to use up foods from the freezers and older jars of canned food. I have good intentions when it comes to rotating food items but things slip to the bottom of the 25 ft chest freezer I know I have more caramelized onions, more okra but where? I did find the bag with oven baked tomatoes Yeah!!…[Read more]

  • North Country Girl, thanks for the idea, I would be able to split the roll as I only need to cover the bottom of the fence. We have used the deer netting before to cover the outside of the chicken tractor we use for chicken babies and son in law used it to cover a […]

  • That looks so good. We need to do some curing and smoking haven’t done any lately.

  • Sorry I didn’t get the picture loaded properly, trying again

  • This is the latest batch of sausages, our version of Boudan. Home made sausages can be a saving on meat prices as the veggies, onions and in these sausages rice, stretch the meat.

  • Hi Debbie, have you thought of using that horrible orange plastic fencing they use at construction sites around stuff you want to keep the rabbits out of? We started using it a couple of years ago and so far it has held up. I like it better than the chicken wire because it is so […]

  • Joyce posted on the forum topic Menu Planning! in the group Menu Planners: 8 years, 4 months ago

    I love the idea for the theme meals and the recipe binder. I do dislike trying to think of something to cook when I am tired, and of course if I say to DH what would you like for supper, it is usually “whatever you fancy” which while it is very accommodating is not much […]

  • For us the answer is yes gardening saves a lot of grocery money. To try and answer the questions in order, we have what most would consider a large garden about fifty feet wide and about twice that in length, plus fruit trees blackberries etc. We have been gardening for about forty years but there […]

  • Joyce posted on the forum topic Ridiculous Scarecrows! in the group Backyard Gardeners: 8 years, 4 months ago

    Heidi if you manage to find time for another scarecrow personality I hope you will post a picture. It seemed to us that the scarecrow only helped us to keep the deer at bay (didn’t do a thing with birds) and only seemed to work with the deer as long as you moved it pretty […]

  • Joyce posted on the forum topic Ridiculous Scarecrows! in the group Backyard Gardeners: 8 years, 5 months ago

    Heidi, i love your scarecrow he looks like a country music star. I didn’t take so much trouble with mine last year and his head kept falling off, afraid I don’t have a picture.

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