Attention Working Moms and Stay-at-Home Moms! Busy People Everywhere! While I say that cooking from scratch is the most frugal and sustainable way to go, I know – Life is Busy! Your Kohl’s 30% off coupon can help make cooking from scratch easier.
Here are a few helpful kitchen appliances that I bought on sale using my coupon and, in some cases, Kohl’s Cash:
Zojurushi Breadmaker – see my previous post – Put the ingredients in the pan, press a couple of buttons. Bread can bake over night.
Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender Set – see my previous post – guacamole, fresh salsa or smoothies in a jiffy.
Fagor Duo Combi 5 Piece Pressure Cooker Set – I got a great two-pot set on sale for $94 (retails for $150 elsewhere) – dried beans (least expensive), rice, and other food cook in a fraction of the time, which saves energy. (I will soon post the hummus recipe I make with dried chickpeas cooked in the pressure cooker.)
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – I got a great deal on this (in a fabulous cobalt blue color!) because it was on sale and eligible for a $30 rebate. Total cost = $210. (retails for $3.49 elsewhere). I earned $40 in Kohl’s Cash for this purchase, which I used for a food grinder attachment. It was on sale and I was able to use the same 30% off coupon. Total cost = $14. (retails $55, elsewhere)
Besides using the stand mixer for dessert recipes, I now use it to make hamburger rolls. Check out this great recipe from another frugal mom: Homemade Buttermilk Buns (I use 3.5 cups of whole wheat bread flour and 1 cup all purpose flour)
With the food grinder attachment, any cut of beef can be made into ground meat for hamburgers, chili or lasagna. Marilyn and I are part of a “Beef Share” through a local farm and get a wide variety of cuts for a great price. (These days, especially with the revelation of pink slime, it pays to know where your beef comes from!)
I also use a slow cooker. I got this huge Proctor-Silex Slow Cooker years ago FREE for opening up a checking account at a local bank. Anyone remember those days? We use the slow cooker for chili, beef stew and this red lentil stew recipe, which my kids love over basmati rice. Please feel free to share your favorite slow cooker recipes!
Learning to cook is lifelong. It starts at any age. Involving/teaching children to cook provides for frugal fun as well as a lifelong skill (future post!) Start here – Cook for Good! Stay tuned for more frugal foodie recipes!