Thanks! I have been looking for just these items as well!
I enjoy cooking more and more, and it's more economical anyway. I also start with fundamental elements hoping to remove as much processing as I can
Quick question though...
On the Lard..... what kind of meat do you find works best to harvest the fat from? I just threw away a bunch of fat off a top sirloin the other day I
had used to make kabobs. And felt kinda bad thinking "I'm sure there is something I can use this for"
Second question... can you mix the lard, i.e. some pig fat, some beef fat, etc
Let me add something here that is very economical, although there are some short cuts in there that use a mix or two...
1. Kabobs - Went to the store the other day and saw beautiful kabobs ready for cooking priced at $4.00 each. I asked the lady what meat they used
to make them, she pointed me to the top sirloin. I picked up a package that cost me $4.50, made three giant kabobs easy. Cost saved? ~$8.00
2. Pizza -
1 pack pizza dough mix - .42 cents for store brand, .79 cents for martha white.
1 onion - maybe .20 cents depending on what you get
Half Green Pepper - .30 cents
4 Fresh mushrooms - .90 cents maybe less depending
1 can of Hunts Tomato sauce with garlic,basil, and oregano - .53 cents (with store card)
half can of tomato paste - .40 cents
Italian Sausage if you are into meat - only needs 1/4 a pound, so around $1 or less
Pizza cheese, arguable the most expensive ingredient depending on your taste... upwards of $1.50 worth of cheese
Some Italian Seasoning... prolly .10 cents worth
Total price? Around $5.35 for a 12" pizza, which feeds my family of three and it takes only about 25 minutes from start to finish. Go veggie, and
you are looking at a $4.00 pizza.
The list goes on...
Today I make bread with yeast for the first time.... Cooking is therapeutic, satisfying and costs a WHOLE LOT less than eating out.
[edit on 6-9-2009 by HunkaHunka]