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tell me how cooking from scratch is suppose to be cheaper when its not!

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i want a menu
a shopping list
and your budget!

Go.......

(ill try to keep up from mobile)
and this is starting with out things like flour sugar ect.
Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM
Flour can be great for other things.


Quoting Anonymous:

because its rare that i use it other than baking.



Quoting alwayskk:

Why would you start without flour?


Awakened1
by Silver Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM
Personally I buy things like pasta but make sauce.


Quoting Anonymous:

I'm confused my what people mean when they say they cook from scratch. do they make their own pasta and stew down tomatoes for spaghetti marinara?

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malissaL
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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an important tip is to not waste anything! if you cook a ham or turkey or roast, be savvy with the bones. the juice I will drain or scrape out of the roaster or crockpot, put in a bag and freeze and use it in a pot of beans and rice. (which is hearty and needs no meat) a turkey or chicken carcass can be boiled and made into soup or stew with dumplings (flour and water, how cheap is that) with in season vegetables. I always have carrots, celery, onions,  potatoes, dry beans and rice on hand. With these you have the base for many soups and stews and stir frys..Sometimes we will have a baked potato bar. For my family this means 7 large potatoes, some chopped leftover ham or bacon, a bag of frozen broccoli bought on sale, cheese I shredded (way cheaper than pre shredded) and of course, butter, sour cream etc. 

I think chicken breast (boneless skinless) is a waste of money unless you get a bad-ass deal on breast halves or buy a single one from a market to chop and add to soup or slice really thin to add to a stir fry. I do alot of meatless or meals where meat is not the star, again, such as soups, stews, pasta dishes... Use it for flavor as opposed to it being an entire course. When I do a meal with meat as a course I make sure it has a bone-like a ham, turkey, chicken, roast..etc..Learn to utilize leftovers, become good enough at it to where you don't even know it's left-over when you are done repurposing it into an entirely new meal. 

if you are looking to budget your meals, maybe you can budget in other ways to help with that. We ice fish in the winter. Berry-pick in the summer. Grow a garden. If it seems complicated, it's not..I had one for years and put very little work into it besides picking. If you don't have a yard to grow one in, grow a container garden of fresh herbs in your house or apartment. Grow lots of basil and make pesto for pasta (another good meat-less meal) or dipping your carrots and celery in :)  

Its my body and I'll do what I want to.

Meglet1970
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM
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It depends on time and ability.  When I make spaghetti sauce, I buy cans of diced and crushed tomatoes and add veggies and spices.  I don't make my own pasta, but would love to try.  When I make hot chocolate, I make it using cocoa, sugar and milk, not the packets.  It is creamier and tastier and only take a few extra minutes. 

Quoting Anonymous:

I'm confused my what people mean when they say they cook from scratch. do they make their own pasta and stew down tomatoes for spaghetti marinara?


Goofygadget
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM
What type of sauces do you make?


Quoting Awakened1:

Personally I buy things like pasta but make sauce.




Quoting Anonymous:

I'm confused my what people mean when they say they cook from scratch. do they make their own pasta and stew down tomatoes for spaghetti marinara?


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alwayskk
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM


Quoting Anonymous:

I'm confused my what people mean when they say they cook from scratch. do they make their own pasta and stew down tomatoes for spaghetti marinara?

No, yes.

I don't make my own pasta or bread because I've tried and I suck at it.

I make my own rolls, my own BBQ sauce, my own pasta sauce, pizza dough, cinammon rolls, croissants, pancakes, etc.

I can make my own yogurt and butter also.

For some reason, my cookies always turn out bad...so I usually buy premade dough.

I consider "from scratch" to mean that most of what you use in that meal is a fresh ingredient that I've had to measure, whisk, etc.

JDmommyJD
by ♥Awesome Sauce♥ on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

 good to know, becuase thats what I decided, lol. I bought a bunch of desert cookbooks to make all kinds of new stuff, and cookies, for the holidays (xmas). But, i figure if i want regular cake or cupcakes Ill just buy the box ;)

Quoting babygirl7161:

All those ingredients will be left over to make more cakes though, you would only need yo rebut icing.

I do this with cookies. I tried several from stratch cake recipes and prefer box cake mixes



Quoting JDmommyJD:

 lol, i thought this about desserts the other day. Box of cake mix- .88, container frosting- 1.25. But to do it from scratch there were so many ingredients! boo


 

jessi2girls
by Ruby Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM
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cooking from scratch is cheaper.. WHEN YOU HAVE THE ITEMS ALREADY IN YOUR KITCHEN!!! lol.

There are stable kitchen items you should always have.. and you can't necessarily equate them into a budget, because these are things that will cost you 1-5 dollars, that you will reuse again and again and again!

That you can use COUNTLESS times.

When you have them in your kitchen already.. it's much cheaper and easier to replace, one or two items that you are runnign low on, vs, having to buy everything at once.

so for example.. if you have to go out and get flour and sugar (which shouldn't cost you more than $5.00 for them).. you can get a large number of meals out of that.. a large batch of cookies, homemade pastas, breading.. etc etc etc.

First.. I suggest, you start off by continuing to shop how you shop, but add in a few stable items.. flour, sugar one week.. some spices you'll need the next, and so forth, and slowly start to incorporate one homemade recipe a week with using them, then two.. then three.. this way it's not a huge slap to yoru budget, and it's a slower transistion.

when you make homemade a lot of things, you can freeze and reuse later, or remake into some other dish as well!! (which also helps with savings).

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM
im sure some do and ive tried making noodles but im no good at it. Thats something i do boxed for sure!

Quoting Anonymous:

I'm confused my what people mean when they say they cook from scratch. do they make their own pasta and stew down tomatoes for spaghetti marinara?
Goofygadget
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM
I've made my own pasta, trust me. Its nothing to write home about. Maybe if I used one of those pasta makers that push it out real thin it would be good but it is very time consuming for something that is just okay.


Quoting Meglet1970:

It depends on time and ability.  When I make spaghetti sauce, I buy cans of diced and crushed tomatoes and add veggies and spices.  I don't make my own pasta, but would love to try.  When I make hot chocolate, I make it using cocoa, sugar and milk, not the packets.  It is creamier and tastier and only take a few extra minutes. 


Quoting Anonymous:

I'm confused my what people mean when they say they cook from scratch. do they make their own pasta and stew down tomatoes for spaghetti marinara?



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