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Save money on grocery bills by beefing up your kitchen skills!

The best way to save money on your grocery bills is to change your cooking/ eating habits. How many of your groceries are convenience items? Making items from scratch is an incredible way to save money and have more meal options.

Did you know you can make your own alfredo sauce from cream cheese, milk and butter? You already have milk and butter in the fridge so if you can score an 8oz container of cream cheese for a dollar you can save $2-$3 by making your own alfredo sauce as opposed to buying it ready made.

I love buying whole roasting chickens because I can get 3-4 meals out of them and they are cheap! For the first meal we eat my famous salt roasted chicken, the left over chicken and carcass are saved in the fridge.

Next meal I can make chicken quesadillas with the left over strips of chicken off the saved carcass. When the chicken carcass is almost stripped of all the meat I throw the whole thing into a pot, boil down the carcass/ strip the meat and then I toss the bones in the trash.

After separating the chicken from the broth I preserve most of the chicken broth via caning and freezing. I reserve enough chicken broth and chicken meat and make chicken and dumplings from scratch for the next meal.

I got a roasting chicken for $7.00 made three meals from it and ended up with about 3 half pints of chicken broth for future soups or other dishes!

Do you own a kitchenaid mixer or a similar alternative? Invest in the proper attachments and you can make your own hash browns, potato crisps, pizza dough, pasta, juice and more! We skip buying the frozen hash browns because we make our own with regular potatoes. We also make our own egg pasta and our own raviolis with the kitchenaid.

If all those convenience foods weren’t available in the stores how would people enjoy those same things? They would make then from scratch my friends! If you want to save money on groceries and become less dependent on the commercial food supply you need to experiment making items from scratch! For more ideas consider subscribing to my feed or visiting my blog (!

<p>A city girl turned farmer. Yes women do farm ;) Owner and operator of direct to consumer, Ryder Family Farm in Southern Illinois.<br /> Wearing many hats I'm also a mother to 3, a wife, a yogi, a farmer, a 4-H & Girl Scout leader & hospitality manager.</p>

One thought on “Save money on grocery bills by beefing up your kitchen skills!

  1. Very good points. I do a lot of cooking from scratch. Some days I never seem to get out of the kitchen, LOL. But it certainly does save money and as a bonus, it keeps all the unnecessary chemicals and preservatives out of your food! 🙂

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