Sunday, July 15, 2012

How Single People Can Use an Extra Freezer

There are people I know that wonder why I, a lady who lives alone, has an extra freezer. I cook more at home than some folks do but food doesn't come packaged for singles or if it does, it costs way more.  Recipes make more than one serving.

Yesterday, I was shopping in our local Wal-Mart store and spotted ground pork in one pound packages for a dollar. Well, its been a long time since I've seen meat that cheap! Being the bargain shopper I try to be, my mind started thinking of ways I could use ground pork. I remembered that there are recipes that call for ground pork and ground beef. Then I figured it would work well in chili and I could make pork cutlets. A recipe for homemade breakfast sausage shouldn't be hard to find. So I loaded up with 8 pounds!

A quick Google search landed this recipe for sausage on

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2 lbs. lean ground pork
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sage
1 cumin pepper
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 bay leaf

Combine all ingredients in large bowl; mix well, shape into 12 or 15
patties. Brown for 8 minutes on each side in skillet.
May wrap patties in foil and broil over charcoal.
I quickly made this recipe and rolled it into some waxed paper and
put in in the freezer.  In a couple hours, I will unwrap it, cut it into
sausage patties and store in a freezer bag. When its time to cook
sausage, I'll just need to take out what I need and reclose the bag.
So easy!
Then I made patties with three more pounds. I put them each
into a sandwich bag, sealed them up and put the bags into a
freezer bag. Now, I can take out the number I need when I need
them. I'm thinking I can grill them in the George Foreman as a
pork steak or bread them and make a chicken fried cutlet.
Who knows, I may come up with more ideas as time passes!
With the remaining packages, I just divided them and put roughly
a half-pound of meat in a sandwich bag then into the freezer bag.
This is the meat that I will use in recipes.
That's meats for lots of meals for a mere $8!