I hear you! Have a recipe? :>)
I have never stretched a whole chicken as much as I have this year - the hard part is making meals that are different enough to not be boring.
I even grind my own hamburger now - large cuts of beef are cheaper than the packaged ground.....big plus is it’s WAY better - glad I started.
Do you grind chuck or another cut and how do you determine the amount of fat that you grind in?
Who would ever have thought that ground beef would be higher priced than roasts. It's rare that I can find ground beef marked down to a reasonable price and we're starting to miss it.
Did anyone else notice there weren't any large 20+ lb turkeys this year (or at least I never found one). I always try to buy the largest bird I can find on sale but this year they were only 12 pounders. I'm thinking it's the economy and the farmers are looking for a quicker turn around. The Christmas turkey went from it's roasted form, to soup, a couple of sandwiches, and finally to a pot pie. Hope everyone remembered to boil the carcass for stock.
2 c. cooked northern beans
2 c. chicken or turkey broth(I make my own but store bought is fine)
Tblsp olive oil
2 chopped onions
6-8 chopped garlic cloves
1/2 c chopped chilies (I prefer smoked chipotle chilies)
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper(crushed or flaked)
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp cilantro
4 c. chicken or turkey
Saute on low-med heat the garlic & onion in the olive oil until onions are translucent. While those are cooking, mix the remaining ingredients in crockpot. Add the sauted onions & garlic, put cooker on low and forget about it for the rest of the day.
Just before serving add 8 oz monetary jack cheese & 8 oz sour cream and stir well. Then if you wish, top each serving off with a bit of chopped green onion & roma tomato or your fav homemade pico sauce for garnish FYI-this recipe can be made up days in advance and freezes beautifully!
What do you use to grind your meat into hamburger? That is one of the few things that I have not done, although I have dressed out venison etc. I do buy meat and make my own stew meat of course.