Sunday, 16 February 2014
Day 16 of Extremely Frugal February - Nile Mince
Everyone I know loves mince and potatoes, but it's probably because it's so cheap and easy to make. Here in Frugaldom, and countless other frugal homes, we make 'Nile' mince - so called because it stretches so far!
This week's Nile mince is now in the slow cooker and will be low-slow-cooking overnight. I have used 400g (£3) of lean steak mince, which was browned while I was chopping 2 x 10p large onions. I added about 30p worth of frozen peas and sweetcorn plus half a dozen potatoes and some carrots. At most, these, along with the salt, pepper and herbs would account for another 50p, so the entire crock pot has approximately £4 worth of food in it.
This week I am cheating a bit, as I had bought a 2kg tin of carrots while they were on offer, so I split them into four lots, one for the pot and three for the freezer - they'll be ideal for making carrot and lentil soup.
Nothing should go to waste, not even the tin. These make fantastic planters, plant pot holders, candle lamps, waste paper bins... recycling them is limited only by your own imagination.
This is yet another 'recycling' experiment - even the potato peelings have been kept this time around because I'm going to attempt to grow these into more potatoes! Strange as it may seem, it is possible and I have managed successfully in the past. I have left them draining and will select the biggest pieces tomorrow. These will then be left sitting on a cardboard egg carton before popping them into a tub of compost by the back door. If they fail to grow - nothing lost.
Today's spends amounted to £2.07 for a 2 litre carton of semi-skimmed and a carton of UHT skimmed milk, kindly collected for me by a friend who was visiting this afternoon.
In the 'new' living room, I have begun moving in the book shelves and today I completed the second foot stool/mini ottoman. I ran out of braid, so the latest one has a single stripe, but I doubt this will matter much as the pair may not even be kept in the same room.
And finally for this evening, a lovely addition to the Frugaldom book shelves by way of this set of crafting folders - grand daughter will love reading these when she comes to visit. Yes, I am still decluttering, but it seems everyone else is, too, so I'm paying things forward wherever and whenever I can.
Hope everyone had a good weekend!