Easy Edibles Coupon Tip: Save Money on Meat
We are meat eaters in my family but we have toned it down a LOT in the last several years. We try and eat more seasonally and we have chosen to eat all organic or local “happy” meats (free-range, etc.), so the cost can add up quickly if we eat a ton of it.
We do what a lot of others do and have a few meatless meals per week, usually 1 or 2 meatless dinners and more lunches. This is a great way to use less meat. You’ll be surprised at what great recipes are out there too!
Another way that I stretch the meat we use is by using less. When I make a recipe that has meat but it is not the main attraction, I usually double the recipe but use the single recipe amount of meat. Chili is a good example of this. I use one pound of meat to make two batches of chili. You still have a great meat taste and meat in each serving just a little less.
Mix with mushrooms. This is a favorite tip of mine and I heard it from an acquaintance who works at the Mushroom Council (who knew???). To make your meat healthier and less expensive, dice up mushrooms to the consistency of ground meat you are using. This makes it go a lot further AND you are getting some great health benefits. I do a 1-to-1 ratio (per pound) and do this pretty much every time I use ground beef, turkey or pork. It works great in meatloaf, chili, taco filling, spaghetti sauce and many other recipes that call for ground meat. Plus it adds a little depth of flavor that I love!
Buy in bulk when you can or locally if it’s available. These are both great ways to save more on meat and if you buy in bulk, you can repackage into better servings for your family!