DB is butchering a pig this week, what parts should I ask for? I want his family to get the meat, but I want all the other parts. So far I will get the head, hopefully split. I've also asked for all the bones, tail, trotters, liver, pancreas. Should I ask for the skin? Belly? I'm sure there's more.
Grocery stores usually sale-price their meats on a particular day/time; ask your meat man, and tell him your goal, same with the produce manager. Only buy sale items & plan your meals around them. Use WalM's cost matching policy. Most store brands are made by the Brand-name producers. Internet research will guide you. Dried beans are your friend; Meat is a luxury. Make everything you can homemade. Bread is $2/loaf; make your own. Homemake yoghurt; drain for cream cheese substitute & use the whey in your bread. Put leftovers in the freezer until you can make soup; make soup a lot! Use spices for change-ups. Mother always wrote her month's menus out and shopped monthly; switch around when you have sale items. Home can when you get a windfall.
My Uncle's grape jelly on scrambled eggs that turned the eggs black & gooey. My Dad's sardine & onion sandwiches with Durkee's spread. Mother was a great cook but when she was sick for almost a month he took over the cooking. His spagetti was great; he added grated carrots! It really added a lot of pizzazz. I love blackened hotdogs and sausage, oatmeal with weird stir-ins, etc. My treasures are usually other's trash, LOL!
Shrimp Shells: A Bait/Beer place years ago sold steamed shrimp... instead of tossing the shells they baked them with garlic butter and served them as bar snacks! I stopped peeling my shrimp then and still eat it with shell on. I tried beet greens, but no one in my family will eat them... such a waste! Thanks for the potato tip; I'm gonna start frying them up! If you get a chance to try honeybee drone brood, do! Many beekeepers take them out, but don't eat them. They're a delicacy in many parts of the world. Sweet when stir fried. If you have leftover cooked oatmeal, add a boullion cube and eat it as Oatmeal Soup! Story: When the Vietnamese refugees arrived in my area they scrounged! They went to the fishing docks when the boats came in and go all the fish parts, they were on roadsides all over, including in NYC, digging plants like dandelions. They worked hard and lived cheaply. Many owned homes within a few years and showed me what frugality could accomplish.