Since making major food changes in our house, we have seen our grocery budget get a bit ugly. Partly because grass fed, organic, non-processed food can cost more, but mostly because I used so many coupons I was paying ridiculously cheap prices for food. But oddly enough, they don’t make a lot of coupons for fruit and chicken. And my farmer doesn’t take Kraft coupons. So I need to save money wherever I can.
One of the easiest ways to save is to make your own broth. It costs pennies and is super, duper easy even for the most kitchen challenged. And if you are buying your chickens whole (which also saves a ton of money- BTW), it is a nice way to get even more bang for your buck. Because basically all you do is take everything that is left after you pick the meat off, throw it in a pot with water, let it boil and then simmer for a few hours and you have broth. You can do the same with beef bones and get beef broth. In fact, I just ordered up a quarter cow and had them throw in the bones so I could do just that.
But here are a few extra tips.
- Let your hubby handle all things carcass related. I cannot deal with raw chicken or any sort of meat on a bone. Even typing it gives me the creeps. Yes, it is my issue and I own it.
- Add some veggies into the water to give your broth extra flavor. I like onions, garlic, seasoned salt and pepper. You can also use carrots or fresh herbs.
- Freeze in separate bags in quantities you often use. I freeze in 1 cup bags.
Super easy, super cheap and WAY better for you than any broth you will buy in the store which is loaded with sodium and God only knows what else.
This post is linked up to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.