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Thursday, February 28

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Breakfast - eggs scrambled in suet; tea with cream and splenda
Lunch - salad - tuna, egg, romaine, mayo, herb vinaigrette
Supper - soup - turkey broth, Turkey/Broccoli/Spaghetti Squash Alfredo casserole, extra Alfredo sauce
Evening tea - tea with gelatin and cream

Total cost of food eaten today - $3.28

I'm trying to wean myself off of sweetener in my tea so I'm back to using cream, instead. Then I'll probably try to wean myself off of it, too. Maybe

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NAYPOOIE 2/28/2013 7:28PM

    I like my hot tea to be quite sweet, but my iced tea just a touch at most. Don't know why, but hot has a more bitter tang.

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Wednesday, February 27

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Breakfast - Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche; tea with splenda, gelatin and cream
Lunch - soup - broth, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, eggs
Supper - meatloaf, carrot salad (carrots, mayo, cinnamon, splenda, sunflower seeds)
Snack - beef cracklings
Evening tea - tea with gelatin and cream (I'm going to try it without the splenda)

Total cost of food eaten - $3.91

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DARJR50 2/27/2013 9:01PM

  Sounds good.

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Rendering tallow

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

So I got some free suet (beef fat) from the farmer I bought some organic, grass-fed beef from. This evening I rendered it - cooked the fat out of it - and made tallow with it. Tallow is like lard, only beef instead of pork. I'll use it for cooking, like I use lard. Or like I would use butter. It has very little flavor and has a high smoking point, so it can be used for frying. I got a little over a pint of tallow from a pound and a half of suet.

Here's a link to the process I used. www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-rende

I started with suet that was still about half frozen, so it was nice and firm. I cut out all the bits of meat and such I found, and then cut it into about 1/2" pieces. I put the cut up suet in a cast iron Dutch oven and put it in a preheated 250 degree oven. I left it for about 45 minutes, and stirred it. And stirred it again after about 30 minutes and then again after about another 30 minutes. Took it out of the oven and scooped off the "cracklings" or browned pieces of fat. Then I poured it very carefully through a fine meshed tea strainer. I put the cracklings back in the Dutch oven and smashed them down well with a pastry thingy. (You know, one of those round things you use to cut the butter into the flour to make pie crust.) and then back in the oven for another 15 minutes or so. Then took it out again, scooped the cracklings into the tea strainer and pushed through all the fat I could. I put the cracklings on a paper towel in a bowl to drain some more, then salted them and ate them. They weren't nearly as good as pork cracklings. Or nearly as good as the fat on a steak or something like that. Don't know why, but they weren't.

Tallow is a lot harder than lard. It sets up hard at room temperature, at least at room temperature in my house. I'll keep some of it in the fridge and keep some of it out on the counter so it's soft enough that I can scoop some out.

And remember - it was free!

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NAYPOOIE 2/28/2013 1:56PM

    Free is good. Good fat is good.

I should maybe take over Mom's kitchen. I do almost all of my cooking there these days, while her cooking these days consists of toasting bagels. I need space for my storage containers, so they're handy when I batch cook.

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Tuesday, February 26

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Breakfast - MIM, tea with splenda and gelatin
Lunch - Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche
Supper - meatloaf, Roasted Cinnamon Delicata
Snack - tea with splenda and cream

Total cost of food eaten - $4.02

I splurged at school last night and had tea with cream and splenda. I take my own tea bags (I drink decaf tea and few places have it) so they only charge me for the cup (39 cents with tax) even though I use their Splenda and cream. It makes me a bit uncomfortable, getting the cream and splenda without paying for it, but that's the way they price it.


Monday, February 25

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Food Stamp Challenge is over, but I thought I'd continue to post my menus, at least for now. I'm sort of curious to see how much my "normal" food costs.

Breakfast - turkey broth (from the carcass from last night), eggs, gelatin
Lunch - I gnawed the bones that had been cooking all night in the crockpot for broth and still had quite a bit of meat left on them, and had some romaine with herb vinaigrette
Supper - meatloaf, Cinnamon Roasted Delicata
Evening tea - tea with splenda and gelatin

total cost of food eaten today - $3.40


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