I have flipped into a whole other dimension of frugality.
I hate paying for broth.
It's a real money waster - really it's like paying for flavored water - but then some would say I don't have time to make my own.
I got curious about broth a while back & finding inexpensive solutions. The cheapest is the creamy paste base stuff you find at the local store...or you can try your own hand at some goodness.
Recently, the hubby & I have embarked on a new eating adventure that requires a lot more fresh veggies (that's our choice in it, you can cook them). I was watching Martha the other day & she was talking about how her chickens just love the leftover veggies & she cooks them down for her chickies. Then it hit me - veggie broth!!!
I collected a days worth of cut ends or nearly dead fresh veggies & threw them in the crock. The first time I did it on the stove & got some lightly colored golden broth. BUT the crock got more from the veggies. It's a nice dark gold like you buy from the store. I threw them in the crock w/ a bunch of salt & cooked on low for 8 hours.
I have never felt so frugal in all my life. I can't wait to try this next time I need broth for a recipe & I grab my tasty veggie broth that is full of flavors - can't you see all that fresh celery? Don't you love the taste & savor of celery in your dishes? Me too - can't wait it will be tasty!
Do your grandma's proud & get your frugal on!