Once-a-month cooking: I account for the money, and show the photos.
Look away if you don’t care about the geeky accounting I made of what the once-a-month cooking spree yesterday cost me. Tomorrow or the next day, I’ll post an actual recipe or two, but today I’m all excited about how much money I saved by spending an easy day chopping and cooking our favorite foods.
Around 115 servings of dinner food (not that we’ll only eat it at dinner)
Cost: $52.33 (not counting salt, pepper, and things like bacon grease)
Average: 46 cents per serving (more details below)
So basically, 38 meals each for the three of us; I’ll be interested to see if they last the month. My sincere hope is that I’ll be able to buy a standalone freezer soon, and be better situated to take advantage of sales and bulk buying. Also, it’ll mean I don’t have to be so careful about arranging stuff in my tiny little freezer.
I posted the pics of my newly full freezer to Flickr so I could tag everything with notes so you know what it is. If you click on the images, you’ll go to the annotated version. Go ahead and cringe at how messy the floor of my freezer is; I know I’m cringing. I was planning to really scrub it out before I started, but that didn’t materialize.
27 bean burritos, $9.80:
24 c. beans (8 c. dry) — the whole recipe was 2.10; used 2/3 of it for the burritos: 1.40
almost all the tomatoes 2.00
1 lb. Onion .38
6 cloves garlic .13
bacon grease (free; saved from previous cooked bacon)
.36 per burrito
8 quarts potato soup, $6.13:
5 lbs. Potatoes: 2.25
1 lb. Bacon: 3.50
celery leaves (free; saved from celery)
.38 per two-cup serving
29 twice-baked potato halves, $10.63:
(I made 15 large potatoes; one half broke)
.37 per serving
Around 100 potstickers, $8.80:
Water chestnuts: 1.76
.62 for a 7-dumpling serving
Kimchi soup, $9.77:
Fish balls: 2.29
1.62 per bowl
Also: remainder of chicken, which made 4 burgers, 9 baked chicken thighs, and a big bowl of chicken salad: $6.50 (about .43 per serving)
Remainder of beans: $.70 (9 cents a cup)
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