Thursday, October 9, 2014
Of course, being Nourishing Traditions-esque health-minded, margarine is an absolute no-no. Crisco, vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil - no no no no no! But, if I can find ways to stretch our butter, I'm going to. Here are some ideas:
1. Save the bacon grease from the nitrate-free bacon. I rarely buy bacon because the nitrate-free is so pricey, but by saving the grease for frying eggs and potatoes, stretches both the bacon and the butter.
2. I look forward to lard. Our pig will provide plenty of lard for biscuits and pie crusts, which I usually use butter for.
3. Cut back the butter portion just a little. Yeah, I'm known to drop a full tablespoon of butter onto my oatmeal in the morning. I can get by with a little less.
4. Coconut oil for pancakes and waffles. (Hmmmm....maybe I should compare prices, though I tend to buy my coconut oil with free amazon gift cards and not grocery $$).
5. Applesauce for quick breads. This is a great way to use up the bits and bowls of half-eaten applesauce my kids leave behind.
6. Speaking of quick breads, quick breads and muffins often take less butter than cookies (and less sugar).
7. I also save the butter wrappers. There's often scrapings of butter left on the wrappers. I fold the wrappers in half and stick them in the fridge to use when I need to grease a dish.
8. A pound of local cream is often cheaper than a pound of butter. I could make my own butter if it came down to it.
9. We have looked into a cream separator for goat's milk.
Do you have any butter-saving ideas?
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