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Frugal soup meals
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:27:33 AM »
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https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-frugal-shopper/articles/2016-01-21/how-to-make-frugal-winter-soups
   
How to Make Frugal Winter Soups
Soups are an economical dinner choice for family meals.
   
By Jon Lal, Contributor |Jan. 21, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.

For cheaper meals, try making a lot of soup and freezing leftovers. Elannathewise
It feels like winter kicked in a little late this year for much of the country, but now the cold weather has definitely arrived. It's time to hunker down on the weekends and wait until spring, and what better way to warm up than cooking something delicious in the kitchen?

Soup is one of the best parts of winter cuisine. It's also one of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck when you're cooking. Soup can be cooked in large quantities if you're entertaining or have a lot of mouths to feed, and you can freeze it for an easy lunch or dinner when you just don't have the time later on. No need to worry about getting bored with the same old recipes this winter.

For inspiration, check out a few of these frugal soup ideas and twists on your favorites:

Tomato Soup

Whether you're working with a can of Campbell's or making it from scratch, tomato soup is a classic winter treat. Blogger Budget Savvy Diva suggests a recipe that puts a twist on the typical pairing: homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons. The recipe calls for ingredients you probably already have in the house, and it's cheap to boot. Another blogger, Moms Need to Know, came up with an easy tomato soup recipe that you can make in the crockpot. This recipe has only eight ingredients and takes no time at all to prepare.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Another cold weather favorite is chicken noodle soup. Blogger Thinking Outside the Pot suggests a homemade Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup that is very budget-friendly. For a different take, Back to the Book Nutrition has a Homemade Chicken Noodle Broth recipe that is allergy-free, uses fresh ingredients and is still easy and inexpensive to make.

Looking for something a little more filling? Try chicken noodle casserole, like the recipe from Life in the Lofthouse.

Lentil Soup

If you haven't yet discovered lentils as a cooking ingredient that is delicious, nutritious and frugal, you're missing out. Frugal Living Mom has a lentil and sausage soup recipe that costs $1 or less per serving. For a vegetarian option, try the lentil and black bean soup slow cooker recipe at Pennies and Pancakes, which has the entire meal cost estimated at a little over $5.

Beef Stew

This popular soup comes with many variations, and given the call for red meat it can get pricey quickly. To avoid going over your grocery budget, take a few tips from some money-savvy bloggers. Budget Bytes uses rosemary and garlic to keep the cost of beef stew low without compromising on flavor. If you're looking for something a little different and maybe more kid-friendly, The Kitchen Magpie blog suggests a beef and tomato macaroni soup cooked in the crock pot.

Chili

If the above recipes don't have quite the spicy kick you're looking for, then I suggest cooking up some chili. Blogs Frugal Foodie Mama and Stacy Makes Cents offer up chili recipes true to Cincinnati style, with multiple ways to make it: plain, with pasta, with cheese, with beans and more. For something with a southern-style kick, try the Spicy Southern Chili recipes from $5 Dollar Dinners, served in a bread bowl.

Use Pinterest to search for frugal takes on your favorite soups, or try one of the recipes I suggested above. Many of these bloggers specialize in frugal dinners and break down the cost ingredient by ingredient. Of course, always search for coupons before you head to the grocery store to save even more on your meals. And no matter what type of soup you're making, you can always make it a heartier meal by serving it over an inexpensive grain like egg noodles or rice. Stay warm this winter!

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Re: Frugal soup meals
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 12:07:49 AM »
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Blogger Budget Savvy Diva suggests a recipe that puts a twist on the typical pairing: homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons. http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/01/homemade-tomato-soup-grilled-cheese-croutons/

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Re: Frugal soup meals
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 03:47:37 AM »
I love tomato soup!  I sometimes add pepperjack cheese to mine to give it a little extra "kick." :)

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Re: Frugal soup meals
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 09:49:12 PM »
I love tomato soup!  I sometimes add pepperjack cheese to mine to give it a little extra "kick." :)

I love it too...

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Re: Frugal soup meals
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2019, 09:55:19 PM »
Yowbarb Note: Ramen noodles can sometimes be as little as 30 - 40 cents a package.  Nowadays The bulk packages are cheaper.  Example: Maruchan Instant Lunch Chicken Flavor, 2.25 Oz, Pack of 12 cost 4.68, one deal I saw online
You can cook them in minutes with boiling water and add whatever you have on hand, an egg, pieces of fish or any meat, any vegetable - canned, frozen, leftover or fresh vegetable. Ramen can be thrown into other dishes to stretch the quantity, added to other soups too.
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https://www.reference.com/food/ramen-noodles-expire-8a0099d34ccb42

Ramen noodles have a very long shelf life, but they do expire after 10 years. Noodle packages are stamped with a best-by date and should be discarded after this date has passed.
Ramen noodles should be stored in a location that is cool and dry. Proper storage conditions extend the shelf life of this product.
Ramen noodles are a dehydrated food which is available in a variety of flavors. Low sodium selections are also offered. This food only requires the addition of water and a [source of heat] to prepare.
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Re: Frugal soup meals
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2019, 05:04:38 AM »
That does look appetizing Barb!

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Ramen noodles have a very long shelf life, but they do expire after 10 years. Noodle packages are stamped with a best-by date and should be discarded after this date has passed.

My sense on that is, if famine is truly on the way as predicted due to on-going crop losses, we might be able to keep these on the shelf longer than the best-by date.


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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2019, 12:10:53 PM »
That does look appetizing Barb!

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Ramen noodles have a very long shelf life, but they do expire after 10 years. Noodle packages are stamped with a best-by date and should be discarded after this date has passed.

My sense on that is, if famine is truly on the way as predicted due to on-going crop losses, we might be able to keep these on the shelf longer than the best-by date.

One thing I could use some help with is, how best to store these dry goods...
Everyone pls post your knowledge of long term storage...

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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2019, 12:11:45 PM »
Will need to store flour for noodles, hardtack and etc.

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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2019, 03:10:20 PM »
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One thing I could use some help with is, how best to store these dry goods...
Everyone pls post your knowledge of long term storage...

Wheat flour storage:

Longest storage (indefinitely): Hard wheat for grinding

Second longest: enriched white flour (stores up to a year without going "flat"

Third longest: milled whole grain flour (stores a few months under refrigeration)

A non-wheat flour that stores indefinitely is white rice flour, but it needs some wheat or other flour mixed into it to get the texture right (am still experimenting with it here).

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