How to Run a Thrifty Kitchen with Free Checklist
In this video, I share 10 thrifty kitchen tips to incorporate every week into your Traditional Foods Kitchen. Plus, in this blog post, I have a FREE checklist for you to print out and put on your refrigerator to help make these tips become a habit!
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Make Being Thrifty a Habit
You may have heard people say that it will become a habit if you do something for 28 days. Well, that’s why I created this free checklist for you. I want you to download, print out, and attach this checklist to your refrigerator or pantry door. And I want you to incorporate at least 5 of these tips each week as you prepare your meals.
(And if you have any additional tips you’d recommend, share them in the comments below. 😊)
Check off those tips that you accomplish for the first week. And for each of the following weeks, try to incorporate a few different tips into your meal prep. Hopefully, by the end of the month, you will have tried each of the 10 tips at least once, and they will have become a habit.
But don’t worry if you haven’t mastered these thrifty kitchen tips after a month. Just print out another checklist and keep going. You can do this!
Before you know it, you are going to start seeing the payoff in your grocery bill. You will be spending less and eating better!
Thrifty Tips for the Traditional Food Kitchen
In my checklist, I walk through the tips every traditional foods home cook will want to make a habit of. My tips include cooking with scraps to keeping a soup container in your fridge.
The tips work well together too. For example, your soup container represents another way for you to cook with scraps. You’ll collect little bits and bobs of this and that over the week, which you can turn into a full meal. It’s so rewarding when you learn how to run an efficient no-waste kitchen!
And don’t worry, I have videos and printable recipes that walk you through how to incorporate each tip I share. You’ll find these accompanying videos in this blog post and in my thrifty kitchen tips checklist video.
So let’s start with Tip #1: Don’t Waste! This essential tip is the foundation of your Traditional Foods Kitchen. Eating real food really is not expensive, as long as you learn how to make use of every bit of food that you buy. Buying real food is a lot less expensive than buying packaged and prepared foods.
Using the Thrifty Kitchen Tips Checklist
As you work your way through the checklist, you will see that many tips revolve around Tip #1. When you learn not to waste, you begin creating full meals from what others would consider scraps.
Here are a few videos to help you get started creating delicious and nutritious meals and snacks made from scraps:
Make As Much as You Can Homemade
To have a thrifty Traditional Foods Kitchen, instead of buying expensive items at the store, you’ll want to learn how to make these items homemade.
Think about the different items that you purchase at your grocery store. Are they expensive? Are they made with the ingredients you want? Instead of buying these expensive items at the store, learn how to make them cheaper and with the ingredients you choose.
Making items homemade helps you establish your Traditional Foods Kitchen and adds to your kitchen skills. These are skills you’ll have for a lifetime and those you can share with your family and friends. In addition, learning how to make homemade food will be much less expensive and much healthier for you.
In the following videos, I show you how to get started making a few pantry staples with easy recipes covering Slice-and-Bake Crackers to 1-Minute Mayo.
And did you know that you can even make your own homemade ketchup? Plus, for extra added nutrition, you can even ferment it!
These homemade items are just a start! In my How to Stock a Pantry for the Traditional Foods Kitchen video playlist, I show you how to stock your four-corners pantry with everything from homemade cottage cheese, salad croutons, salad dressings, seasonings, and even yogurt…without a machine!
The Thrifty Soup Container
As you’re working towards using every last bit of leftover food, you may still wind up with a few scraps that you can’t envision turning into a meal. You might be surprised!
Here’s Tip #10: Start a soup container. As you go through the week, keep a lidded container in your fridge and fill it with scraps you’re not sure what to do with. Even onion skins and carrot shavings are worth saving. They are loaded with nutrition!
During the week when the container becomes full, you can cook all the scraps and puree them into a delightfully creamy and nutritious soup. Served with a thick slice of sourdough bread, you have a complete meal.
If you’re not in the mood for soup, you can take those scraps, put them into a freezer-proof bag or container, and transfer them to the freezer, where you can store them until you are ready to use them to make bone broth.
Make Bone Broth Inexpensively
In the following video, I show you how to make a chicken bone broth literally for pennies in the slow cooker. (If you’re new to cooking traditional nutrient-dense foods, start with a roast chicken. You’ll have a delicious meal and the leftover carcass to create bone broth.)
Want to make your bone broth on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot? I’ve got you covered with step-by-step instructions in the following videos:
More Thrifty Kitchen Tips
This blog post is just the beginning. In addition to watching my thrifty kitchen tips checklist video and printing out your checklist, watch the following video for five more kitchen and cooking tips to help you create a no-waste kitchen.
Download Your Free 36-Page Pantry List
No matter where you are on your Traditional Foods journey, this FREE 36-page Pantry List can help you know what you need to stock your Four-Corners Pantry, which consists of your:
- Working Pantry
- Extended Pantry (also known as your Prepper Pantry)
This Pantry List eBook is the perfect accompaniment to your Thrifty Kitchen Tips checklist. You can print out and keep both in your Kitchen Journal.
Plus, this comprehensive pantry list is chockfull of links to videos and printable recipes, showing you how to use what you stock up on. You will find this essential list invaluable!
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In the following members-only video, I talk about Traditional Foods on a Limited Budget.
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