As usual in our house, breakfast and lunch are whatever each member of the family prepares for his or herself.
I decided that today I wanted a little red meat, so I planned a shopping trip. So, for day 2, spent $39.97. I got 7.5 lbs of hamburger, 5 sirloin steaks (we ate 4, one is in the fridge), 2.6 lbs of peaches, 3.1 lbs of cherries, one pkg of hot dog buns, one gallon of whole milk, ten 6 oz yogurts, two 10-pks of crystal light singles, and an 8-pc. package of roasted chicken pieces.
Along with the steaks we had a pasta salad (hubby made it) which used a bag of (free after coupon) Wacky Mac, part of a bottle of (free after coupon) balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing, some leftover olives and bell pepper from the homemade pizza on Sunday. Boy, was that delicious!! We also had microwaved corn on the cob, which I’d picked up on Sunday at Walmart for 25¢ each.
If you really want to learn how to grill a perfect steak, get the book The Cook’s Illustrated Guide To Grilling And Barbecue. Seriously, it’s wonderful and gives directions for both charcoal and gas grills. I am the grill master in my house now.
The other order of the night was to boil the hamburger, bag it and freeze it. Yes, boil it. It’s a perfect way to get dinner on the table FAST. I use it for tacos, spaghetti sauce, hamburger helper, shepherd’s pie, sloppy joes, and in any other recipe where you “brown 1 lb. hamburger.” One pound of hamburger equals approximately 2 cups cooked.
After cooking, draining and bagging the hamburger, I let the pot of fat and water cool a bit and skimmed off the fat, strained it and put it in the fridge. Tomorrow I’ll “render” it again (basically put it in a pot of water and boil it to make it easier to strain a second time). If I were using it for suet, I would be happy with having strained it once. But I plan to make soap with the tallow, so I want clean fat.
I’m done in the kitchen for the night and probably won’t do any cooking tomorrow since I have several meetings and a bunko game.
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