Kroger Shopping Trip – Freezer Cooking Shortcuts

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 26, 2010

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

Kroger

I stopped in to Kroger last night. I hadn’t been shopping in 2 weeks…and…

  1. They moved the berries into a brand new case in a new spot in the produce section.
  2. The eggs have a new packaging.
  3. I missed the taping of a news segment?!?!?!?  Huh???

Apparently, a local news station was in the store on Tuesday…there to tape a shopping segment with me. Um well, I was in Philadelphia…on QVC!

I read ALL emails and had heard NOTHING about such news segment, so I was a bit confused.  Asked my publicist if she knew anything about it…nope, NOTHING!

Hhhmmm…How did this get scheduled without my or my publicist’s knowledge?  Well, doesn’t that make me look bad?!? Not showing up!  Very unlike me!!!

Sigh.

I spoke to the store manager, found out which station and will call today to figure out what is going on!

I’m clueless how this “happened on it’s own”!  But I will get to the bottom of it!

Enough with the drama…on to the shopping trip and some shortcuts!

I HAD to get some more chicken, because $1.68/lb is the best price I’ve seen in the last 6 months at least!  I grabbed a few boneless, skinless packages, along with a package of wings…because I have a bottle of $.19 Franks Red Hot Sauce waiting for some wings!

How I’m shortcutting freezer cooking this month:

  • 1 package – marinated in balsamic and olive oil, then frozen
  • 1 package – marinated with Emeril’s Essence and canola oil, then frozen
  • 1 package – use for dinner tonight…recipe coming later…
  • 1 package of wings – marinated in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, then frozen
  • Whole chicken – Went straight in to the crockpot to make shredded chicken and homemade chicken stock
  • Tilapia – marinated in lemon juice, olive oil and dill, then frozen

For more great freezer cooking ideas, visit Crystal and Jessica!

*HOT DEALS*

All – $1.49 after sale and coupons, $1 Pastas, $1 frozen veggies

Free – Softsoap Hand Soap, 2 gallons of milk

Produce – Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes

Meats – 1 Whole Chicken ($.98/lb), 3 packages BS chicken breast, 1 package chicken wings (each $1.68/lb!!!). 3/4 lb fresh tilapia (on sale $3.99/lb.)

Coupons Used – $2/1 All, $2/1 Huggies, $1.50/2 Mini Wheats, $.60/3 (doubled) Green Giant, 2 $.75/1 (doubled) Rice Chex

Manager’s Specials – $.88 Salad for lunch this weekend!

Total spent at Kroger: $64.14 + Last week’s $44 by Steve

Total for the last 2 weeks: $108.14

Total for the month: $227.01 Under Budget…Hooray!!!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen Nickerson February 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

Do you freeze you chicken along with the marinade…..or do you marinate the meat, then drain, then freeze?

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom February 26, 2010 at 11:53 am

@Ellen Nickerson,

LOL! I got what you meant!

I put the marinade into a freezer baggie, then add the meat/chicken/fish/pork…whatever…and then press all the air out and seal. Then I “mix” the meat in with the marinade in the baggie. Then freeze.

To thaw, I pull it out of the freezer the night before and put in the fridge…then it marinates as it thaws.

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Ellen Nickerson February 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

oops…. I meant “your” chicken….not you…lol !!!

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Rhonda Hall February 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Do you have a recipe for shredded chicken sandwiches like they serve on food wagons at the fairs, festivals and potlucks?/ I have tried several recipes but not yet came up with one that compares to the sandwiches that I buy at these functions.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom February 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm

@Rhonda Hall,

I don’t Rhonda…sorry!

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Beth February 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom, This has been a family favorite- and there are several different recipes floating around. My personal favorite is simply to roast a chicken (maybe 4lbs?) and then add a can of cream of chicken soup.

I know different people add eggs…breadcrumbs…etc., but the plain old soup is my favorite.

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Kimberlee February 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm

How many people are in your family? I tried to stay under $300/month but I have 2 teens and 2 preteens who eat like adults. I find it difficult to do for less than $400/month.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom February 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm

@Kimberlee,

I’m feeding 4 at the moment…soon to be 5! I’m breastfeeding and Steve is training for a marathon…so we eat plenty! I’d say $400/month is great for your family!!!

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