I thought it would be nice for home cooks to exchange some of their ideas - cost cutters, or ones that just make things easier in the kitchen.
Here are some of mine:
I used to always throw away half used jars of pasta or pizza sauce. I just couldn't get through them before they turned moldy. Until I started keeping the jars in the freezer. Now I just thaw and freeze, thaw and freeze. It doesn't seem to affect the taste or texture at all, and I am saving money by not throwing so much away!
I buy a lot of ground meat because it is easier on my little ones to eat than bigger hunks. I will often get a lot (size discounts or sales), and freeze in freezer bags. But, my freezer was always disorganized and the meat would thaw forever. My light bulb moment came when I was flattening out the bag to get rid of the air. I kept flattening the meat until it was a think meat square that filled up the entire bag. This made my freezer so much easier to organize, and the meat thaws in about an hour now, on the counter.
You don't always know how your grocery fruit will taste. I've been disappointed countless times by flavorless melons, stone fruit, grapes, citrus. And threw it out when no one would eat it. But I've had a lot of luck taking the same fruit, pureeing or juicing it, adding some sugar and lemon juice, and putting it in the ice cream maker. It really makes mediocre fruit shine.
Do you have kitchen tips to share?