Category Archives: Recipes

Thrifty Recipe Test: Raisin Pancakes

Thrifty Recipe Test: Raisin Pancakes

Sometimes, the ADHD gets the best of me, and I end up following the Internet’s rabbit trails.  In my “On This Day” flashbacks on Facebook the other day, I came across an article from a couple years back from the Daily Mail, an English newspaper, on a woman who had a food budget of £1 a day.  That’s a whopping $1.44 as of today (and about $1.60 when the article was published).  I’m always looking for ways to save money on food while still eating reasonably nutritiously, so I decided to have a go at some of the recipes on that woman’s blog, Thrifty Lesley.  First off, her first recipe, raisin pancakes for 8p ($0.12) per serving, with the recipe serving 2 people.

 

80g raisins
100g flour
Pinch of salt
Half a tsp sugar

Serves 2

Mix all the ingredients together with enough water to make a thick batter. Heat a frying pan and add some oil. When the oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of raisiny batter into the pan and cook over a low heat until set, flip over and cook the other side.

Share the pancakes out between 2 people

 

Now, these aren’t your big fluffy pancakes like you’d get at IHOP or Denny’s.  These are smaller, almost kid-sized pancakes.  I ate them with my fingers, dipped in some maple flavored agave syrup.  I didn’t have any raisins on hand, so I used bits of dried apples and pears.  I only used about 30g, though – if I’d used 80g of apples and pears, the pancakes would have been solid chunks of fruit!  I’ll try these again, but with a little more sugar.

 

My cost breakdown:

$0.11 = Approx. 3.5 oz of flour at $0.031/oz
$0.01 = Pinch of salt
$0.01 = 1/2 tsp sugar
$0.15 = Dried fruit

Total = $0.28 for 2 servings.  Well, one serving for me, since I was hungry :-)   It wasn’t bad.  I’ll remember to take and share pictures the next time I make these!

Recipe: Leftover Rice Bowl

Recipe: Leftover Rice Bowl
Recipe: Leftover Rice Bowl

It was one of those nights where The Hubs was on the road solving another radio crisis and I didn’t feel like cooking anything too involved just for myself, but I didn’t want to just have bread with butter and cheese, either.  A quick surveying of the contents of the fridge yielded a few ingredients that hadn’t yet turned into science experiments.  I paged through my mental cookbook and decided to make one of my standby bachelorette meals, the rice bowl. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Easy Bacon Mac-n-Cheese

Recipe: Easy Bacon Mac-n-Cheese
Recipe: Easy Bacon Mac-n-Cheese

I was pondering the lunch offerings in my cupboard the other day and decided to make Mac and Cheese.  I’ll usually get the Walmart brand thick and creamy variety, but have been hooked on the Betty Crocker variety since it came out … especially after I found it at our local Dollar Tree for $0.50 a box!  I didn’t want to make hot dogs to go with it, but wanted *something* to jazz it up, when it dawned on me … Remember those bacon bits I made a while back? Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Pumpkin Muffins

Recipe: Pumpkin Muffins
Recipe: Pumpkin Muffins

If you’ve spent more than 3.59 nanoseconds on Facebook, you’ve probably seen a gigaload of recipes being shared.  Some look good, but have odd ingredients.  Some look good, but are designed for a Duggar-sized family.  I finally found a recipe right up my alley.  Two – count ’em, 2 – ingredients.  One is in a box.  The other is in a can.  Open, mix, fill pan, bake, enjoy!   Read the rest of this entry

Q&A: Homemade Bacon Bits

Q&A: Homemade Bacon Bits
Q&A: Homemade Bacon Bits

Reader Tish asks:

 

I have 12 pounds of bacon in my freezer – I would like to fry some and make it into “bits” and store it. Any handy tips on how to keep it from turning into a big bacon ball?

 

12 pounds of bacon?!?!  You know where I live – why haven’t you come over yet?  😉  Well, here’s how you can make your own bacon bits! Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Laundry Soap!

Recipe: Laundry Soap!
Recipe: Laundry Soap!

For several years now, I’ve made my own laundry soap.  I got sick of spending a minimum of $5 a month on store-bought soap, so I decided to give making my own soap a go.  At first I used the recipe out of the Duggar family’s book – the usual recipe that it seems everyone starts with.  One bar of Fels Naptha, some washing soda (NOT baking soda!), some Borax, and a 5-gallon bucket, some leftover “regular” laundry soap containers if you want to store in them, and you’re in business.  About $2 of materials and a little time made about 6 months’ worth of laundry soap for the two of us.  I ran out of soap in my last bucket a couple weeks ago, and have been using sample packs of Tide and those Purex all-in-one sheets while I’ve been recovering from my broadcast engineering exam.  Now, I’ve got the time to make some more laundry soap, and thought I’d try a different recipe. Read the rest of this entry