Tag: cheap

“Free” Crock-Pot Chicken Broth

  
Over the weekend we went to Costco, and let me just tell ya, we love Costco! I get almost all of my baking supplies there. Then there’s cheese,milk, sour cream, paper goods. A big bag of pepperoni for homemade pizza. That ginormous bag of chocolate chips to make cookies and granola bars 🙂 I even got a pair of glasses there last Fall, because sometimes Contacts and me don’t get along too well. They are always kind enough to readjust them for me, because Elijah likes to grab them. We even ended up getting a nice faucet, because mine was leaking, and a similar one from a hardware store was about triple the price. 

*Post contains affiliate links. I’m not affiliated with Costco. I just love it that much! 

I think my favorite part is the Rotisserie Chicken. 5 dollars for a seasoned and cooked chicken? You just can’t beat it. We like to take one home to keep us from hitting the drive-thru on the way home(that’s when we don’t end up eating Costco pizza).

We ate some for dinner, and I saved the rest to mix with beans and rice, to serve wrapped in tortillas(also from Costco).

But that’s not the end. No sir. I don’t throw the bones away. I’m that cheap. Here’s how to make amazing chicken broth that’s practically “free!”

Crock-Pot Chicken Broth

Take the bones of the rotisserie chicken and add to a 6 quart Crock-Pot.

Add a peeled and quartered onion. Add water until chicken is covered. 

Cook on low 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours. 

Place a strainer on top of a large stock pot. Carefully pour broth through the strainer. 

Some people like to chill the broth and strain the fat. I don’t get a whole lot of fat with this method, so I skip that part. I did chill the broth, because it was ready late at night, and I didn’t want to mess with it then. 

  
Pour the broth into mason jars. If you’re going to freeze, then only fill half to 3/4 of the way. I’ve sadly lost chicken broth and mason jars, for overfilling and they bursted in the freezer. Don’t be like me. 

Label the lids. Just do it. I’ve skipped this part before, and I never remember what’s in the jar. 

  
If you do a lot of Crock-Pot cooking, you know that you’ll need lots of chicken broth. These are so nice to pull out of the freezer. I used some last week to make All Purpose Crock-Pot Chicken.

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Cheap and Old

So for the first time since Elijah was born, the Bearded Man and I had a date. Just the two of us. He suggested that I get all dressed up, so that’s what I did. 

He wore camouflage.

What in the world?

We went to a popular chain restaurant that serves pasta. I used to go crazy for this restaurant, but based on our experience yesterday, we realized that we’ve gotten too cheap and old to cough up 40 bucks for dinner. When I quit my job to stay home with our firstborn, one of the first things to go was eating at restaurants. Over the years, I’ve learned to make things at home out of necessity. 

When we first arrived, we were seated right beside a large, noisy family. My worst nightmare. The Dad was blowing his nose while I tried to figure out what I wanted to order. That set the tone for our dinner. If you blow your nose while other people are eating, then stop. Just stop. I’m trying to eat, and all I can think about is your mucous. Stop. 

Our waiter was really sweet. He of course offered to get us each a glass of wine, and we just looked at each other like “yea right” and ordered peach tea. After he left to get our drinks, we dove in for the breadsticks. That’s when things started going south. It was obvious the breadsticks were reheated from the day before. I didn’t say anything to the waiter. I used to be a waitress in High School, it’s never the waiter/waitresses fault when the food is less than awesome. I kept saying, “I can make better breadsticks than this…”

He then brought out the salad. My favorite part. It was good, but honestly, I kept saying, “I could make this at home…”

We each ordered the same thing(we’re so cool),a trio of different Italian dishes. It was good, but not the amazing pasta I had remembered from years before. I kept thinking, “I could make this stuff at home…”

The Bearded Man complained that his chair was hard. Then it happened. We gave each other a knowing look. We’re getting old way too young. I had to wonder if the food was really the issue, or have I gotten too cheap to spend that much on dinner and enjoy it. Yes, 40 dollars is a lot in my opinion. I could make pasta and reheated breadsticks for a week on that. So my question is, has anyone else experienced this? Is there hope for us? Will eating at a restaurant ever be the same again? I used to joke that we never went out because my Husband was too cheap. Now I realize it’s me. I’m cheap…and maybe a little old. 

  
My handsome date. I wonder if anyone is ever scared when he rolls up in somewhere? 

Crockpot Sloppy Joes 

Sloppy Joes go with childhood like chocolate milk and bubble baths. Most kids love them. I think maybe once in our marriage, I’ve picked up one of those cans of sloppy joe sauce that rhymes with “sandwich.” Meh. They are so much better homemade, and I’ll skip the corn syrup in my sandwich, thank you very much. I use half meat/half lentils, to give the kids some extra fiber. They don’t even notice that they’re in there. If the thought of lentils in your sandwich creeps you out, then just use all meat!
Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

-1 pound ground turkey or ground beef

-2 cups cooked lentils, or another pound meat.

-1 1/2 cups natural ketchup 

-1/3 cup brown sugar 

-1/4 cup mustard 

-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 

-1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 

– 1 tsp salt 

-1/2 teaspoon onion powder 

-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

-1/4 teaspoon paprika 

-1/4 teaspoon pepper 

Brown the meat. Add the meat, lentils, and remaining ingredients to your crock pot. Cook on low for 3-6 hours. 

These are so good! We had ours on homemade sandwich buns(recipe coming tomorrow) and a side of spicy pickles. Our cucumbers went crazy over the summer…The Bearded Man must’ve canned pickles a few times a week…and now we’re the weird couple with a laundry room full of pickles. 

  
Recipe adapted from, http://www.humoroushomemaking.com/crock-pot-sloppy-joes

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