Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 8, Issue 7 – January 24, 2016

Greetings Thrifty Sisters! I hope that everyone had a great week! This past week I had a super interesting conversation with Jerad. He said that he has had a lot of luck getting all sorts of things to sprout – including pineapple seeds. What?! Pineapple seeds? Man, this fruit is getting more and more interesting every day!! Jerad says that if you are really lucky, you can find a pineapple that already has seeds stuck in the little crevasses, on the outside of the pineapples. The seeds are small, like apple seeds. The next time I buy a pineapple I going to really take a close look on the outside and see if I can’t be lucky enough to bring home some seeds.

As I am looking at my list of tib-bits to share with you, I realized that this is going to be a food heavy edition. So while we are on the prowl for pineapple seeds, enjoy some of the following articles that might be more immediately helpful than finding pineapples with seeds.

For those who enjoy rice with their meals, our friend Johnny shared this web site on how to stretch your grocery dollars by using and substituting rice. There are some clever ideas on substituting rice for things like potatoes in stews and soups, how to freeze rice for future meals, and how to make your own heat packs using rice. And of course, there is an extensive recipe list. Thanks, Johnny, for the web site suggestion:

Extending and saving your food supply is not only about being frugal, but creative! One can get a lot of miles from the food scrapes that they generate. Several years ago I shared the idea of freezing the chicken carcass from your whole chickens and using the bones to make stock. I also freeze various veggie scraps like the tops of carrots, tops of peppers, celery tops, and onion parts and add those to the cheese cloth “bag” when I make chicken stock. It’s just amazing that one can make such tasty broth from things that one would normally toss out. And, just recently, I learned how to made chicken stock in my slow cooker. It was an all-day event, but it did not need to be babysat for several hours like the stove top method.

Read the following article for 10 ideas on how to reuse other scraps, and get your creative chef juices flowing:

Do you happen to have a food dehydrator? This looks like a real gem. I think that beverages with citrus fruit rings always look so elegant, and of course, refreshing and tasty. This link will take you to an article on how to dehydrate your citrus so you can enjoy that summer like beverage feeling all year long.

Here is a list of 6 easy and fast recipes that one can make during a busy work week. (I like fast and easy meals!) And if they taste good and everyone on the family enjoys them, then it is a Super Score! And with your new found rice knowledge from above, you can really make the fast and easy meals stretch out. There are several recipes that I would like to try from this link:

If you are a foodie, I bet you are salivating at all of the ideas! But, in case you are looking for some good ol’ practical advice about how to use common things that are just floating around the house, then I have a neat idea list for you. Possibly you are wondering what to do with all those rubber bands in your home. Please click on the following link for 16 useful ideas:

And there you have it, my Thrifty Sisters! Lots of food ideas, and some fun rubber band tricks to make your life easier, and of course, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for pineapples that are carrying seeds. Until next time, please be kind to yourself, and keep on keeping it fun and thrifty!

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