36 Butcher's Suggestions for Cutting Meat Bills

  1. Buy a good cookbook. Familiarize yourself with cheaper meat cuts.

  2. Have at least one meatless day each week - serve substitutes.

  3. Trade budget-stretching meat recipes with friends, neighbors, relatives.

  4. Avoid expensive canned and frozen "convenience" meats.

  5. Watch ads & stock up on genuine meat bargains. Keep your freezer full.

  6. Buy meats in economy "family-packs" when possible. Divide and freeze for specific uses.

  7. Stretch hamburger meat by adding bread crumbs, chopped onion, egg and seasonings. Shape into patties and grill.

  8. Buy beef by the "half" or "quarter". Have it professionally cut and store in your freezer. Sell or trade excess with your neighbors.

  9. To avoid excessive shrinkage and waste, cook long-cooking meat over low or moderate heat or in 325 degree oven.

  10. Use a meat thermometer to determine doneness. This prevents overcooking, shrinkage and drying out of meat.

  11. Well trimmed meat weights less, costs less. Shop around and find the markets that do the best trimming job.

  12. Extend meat loaf and other ground-beef dishes with mixed vegetables, mashed white or sweet potatoes, rice or pasta.

  13. Reduce amount of meat in such recipes as stews, casseroles, chili and spaghetti sauce. Increase sauce and vegetable.

  14. For freshest meats, shop early on days when stores are busy - generally mid to end of week. Avoid mornings after long weekends.

  15. Stir-frying stretches meat and it's fast too. To cut into thinnest slices, partially freeze the meat. Use round and flank steaks.

  16. Use "chunky" style soups over potatoes or pasta in place of meat.

  17. Substitute small bone chuck steak for sirloin or top round. Sprinkle with meat tenderizer before broiling or barbecuing.

  18. Rush purchased meat to refrigerator or freezer to avoid spoilage.

  19. To avoid wasting hamburger, freeze as patties instead of as a chunk.

  20. Save tough rinds from ham, bacon or hocks. Tuck into potato, rice or noodle casseroles & bake for meaty flavor. Discard before serving.

  21. Unless you want the bone for soup, a boneless ham usually costs less.

  22. Save & freeze all meat bones and trimmings. Use in soups and stews.

  23. Buy large cuts of meat (chuck & pork roasts; thick steaks & ham), when on sale and cut up for a variety of uses.

  24. Marinate, tenderize or braise less tender cuts of meat before cooking.

  25. Try less expensive "organ" meats: liver, heart, brains, kidney, tripe.

  26. Buy luncheon meats unsliced in a chunk. Slice them yourself & save.

  27. Buy bacon ends in economy sizes; divide and freeze. Cook, then combine with scrambled eggs - much cheaper than perfectly sliced bacon.

  28. Get acquainted with your market's meat cutter. He can alert you to unadvertised specials and give you good cooking and saving tips.

  29. Slice roasts and ham thin. Two thin slices look like more on the place than one thick one.

  30. You require less ground-meat mixture per serving if you use it to stuff tomatoes, green peppers, cabbage leaves and any type of squashes.

  31. To avoid "freezer burn", which dries out and toughens meat, rewrap all market-packaged meats in airtight freezer wrap.

  32. Save cooking liquid from New England boiled dinner, smoked pork shoulder or brisket. Use for lentil, pea, potato or barley soup.

  33. Save all scraps of meat leftovers. Then grind or chop them & mix with salad dressing, relish, celery & onion for sandwich spreads and dips.

  34. Make gravy from drippings. Serve on biscuits, toast, pasta, rice, etc.

  35. Dice cooked meat leftovers, mix with barbecue sauce & serve in buns.

  36. Save on "outdated" meats, but freeze or serve as soon as possible.

Related Articles

How to Get Free Subscriptions to Magazines

There are a large number of "trade" magazines, journals, newsletters, and newspapers which are mailed absolutely FREE to interested firms and individuals who merely ask for them.

14 Ways to Get Free Postage and Envelopes

14 Ways to Get Free Postage and Envelopes

How to Buy Homes and Land for a Few Dollars

Yes, you can buy homes, apartments and land for next to nothing by using the procedure of bidding at "tax delinquency and lien sales." These are made to recover unpaid taxes on property which is auctioned off 3 to 4 times each year.

Get All the Grocery Coupons You Need

Anyone who doesn't use coupons when they go grocery shopping is missing out on an easy way to save money. Many stores double coupons, so a 35 cent coupon will actually save 70 cents.

How to Get Free Travel

If possible, appoint yourself as President of your own non-profit organization and have the organization supply you with a "free" vehicle will all be expenses.

The World's Only Untraceable Bank Account

It may have been possible in the days of swashbuckling pirates for the individual with a few extra bucks to hide his stash in a chest in the ground beneath a secret palm tree and be reasonably sure that his money was sagely hidden from other pirat...

Choosing a Bank That's Right for You

It is important to select the right bank. Do NOT choose any bank―be fussy! There are two main objectives to seek when searching for a new bank.

How to Get Free Life Insurance & Pension

Once you have formed your own non-profit organization, you merely place in your corporate charter the provision that life insurance and pension be paid by the organization of which you are a member.

34 Legal Methods to Cut High Postage Costs

34 Legal Methods to Cut High Postage Costs

The Inside Secrets to Personal Tax Shelters

Everybody wants to keep as much of the money they earn as possible. Those people in the higher income brackets are forever looking for a way to protect their money from the income tax collectors.