You remember those yummy pesto crescent rolls
I made. Well, that recipe
left me with a lot of pesto sauce, and I live by myself. One of the unfortunate
parts I’ve found to living alone is that you end up throwing out a lot of food.
I learned to grocery shop for a family of six. I used to go
to Kroger’s with my mom, and we’d fill up a whole cart (sometimes two,
particularly when my brothers were adolescents) with supplies to feed a pack of
hungry Franzes. My natural instinct when I buy is to go for the bigger package
to get a better deal.
Do the math though: While the price per ounce is usually
cheaper on larger items, sales often render small packages a bigger bargain.
No matter what size you buy, it’s not a better deal if you
end up throwing away half a jar of pasta sauce because it got moldy. That’s
where this pin
in with its brilliant idea to use ice cube trays to preserve sauces.
The pin highlights a blog post from Tip Garden with “Money Saving
Tips Using Ice Cube Trays.” There’s a bunch of tips in here I’ve seen floating
around Pinterest and haven’t gotten around to trying (the lemon and vinegar
garbage disposal cleaner for one), but I did test out the sauce freezing with
my leftover pesto sauce.
I had enough pesto sauce leftover to fill eight cube slots,
which Tip Garden informs me is equivalent to a cup of sauce (“1 standard sized
cube = 2 Tablespoons , 2 cubes= 1/4 cup, 4 cubes = 1/2 cup”).
Once they were completely frozen, I popped them out into a
plastic bag and wrote “Pesto” on the bag (Just in case I forgot what the green
cubes in my fridge were).
Now I’m looking forward to the ease of popping a cube in the
microwave or straight into a pan the next time I decide I need a pesto fix. I’m
thinking I’ll make pizza, sometime.
And I’m definitely going to use this tip on pumpkin (one of
my favorite ingredients), yogurt and more. Now I feel like I can shop the sales
and not worry about being wasteful on certain perishables. And I can pop open
the big jar of pasta sauce and not worry about having to throw out most of it.
Random side note
I’m sorry I didn’t post sooner. Works been busy with people
taking vacations (including myself for a long weekend) and unfortunately, this
blog kept getting shoved to the back burner. Thankfully, it didn’t burn like a
pot of chili left sitting too long without stirring (I hate when I forget to
stir and it gets all gunky on the sides and bottom).
Labels: food tips, money saving tips