The Crazy Suburban Mom: A Retro Tuesday of savings...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Retro Tuesday of savings...

I can't shake yesterday's obsession with bottled pre-madeTeriyaki sauce.  The post is here but the thought that I'm spending a lot of excess money on things that I could make cheaper (probably) myself and I bet they would be a like a whole quarter pounder with cheese super sized better keeps rolling around in my brain.

So it's all I saw when I looked through my magazines this morning.  Recipes.  Recipes for things that I buy.

And the thing is I know I can find a salad dressing on sale and a coupon that will make it almost free and drive there and get it but you know.... That's a whole lot of effort after looking at this.


And okay, I won't be putting French Dressing on grapefruit anytime soon which is probably why I missed this ad all these months.


Could this be cheaper?


I'd love to do the Thousand Island...


With mayo.  I won't be whipping cream any time soon.

And rice pudding.  I buy the 60 calorie single serve versions...

eagle condensed milk

Crazy expensive - I've paid as much as $7 a pound.

No kidding.  Sometimes I calculate this stuff and realized I pay thirty times more per pound for deodorant than I'm willing to pay for a T-Bone steak.  

And I don't even know what that says about me.

eagle condensed milk1

I know sweetened condensed milk is calorie dense but did you know they now have a fat free version?  Yep.  Same brand as in the recipe too.

eagle condensed milk1

Since I hate raisins and nutmeg what could the whole recipe cost?  A buck?  A buck fifty for a quart of heaven?

hunts meatballs

I buy this meatball mix in a packet.    You mix it in with chopped meat, water, some sauce (I think some sauce) - roll the meatballs and bake them in a covered casserole dish surrounded by tomato sauce.
hunts meatballs1

Now, granted...

That might not be everyone's cup of tea but it's very simple in flavor and you know what that means?

It's got no green pieces.  No burned specks.  No hard things. Nothing gooey.  Nothing to pick out and say, I hate that about.   No  nothing basically.  It's kid perfect.

And this recipe is very similar.  With very little trouble and less cost, this recipe could replace the packet.

hunts meatballs

I think this recipe needs a binder like a slice of white bread or a few bread crumbs, plus and egg or something.  I think rolled up hamburger balls cooked in tomato sauce without some sort of filler would taste like I shot them on to the plate from a BB gun. 

hunts meatballs

But a slice of bread, an egg... maybe a bit more of something else and I bet this would be even better than my expensive packets.   I'm thinking there is a whole world of stuff like this.  

And the other thing here is, my fridge is busting with bottles of sauces and dressings and things.  I think I would even have more room in there for ya If I didn't need so many of these kinds of accoutrements...



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Vintage Christine 5/25/10, 9:29 AM  

Forget the food--the vintage Candlewick holding the rice pudding is what makes my heart go pitter pat. We're so programmed to buy for convenience, aren't we--those single serve whatevers just make sense, though, when there's no way in the world I'd ever eat up a whole pan of pudding. If you have kids, though, that completely changes everything, but of course, now who has the TIME?!!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 5/25/10, 9:32 AM  

Lol, Christine! Yeah that's the other thing - I'm so used to eating out of plastic that I don't even think about how much better a meal would be - in the satisfying sense - if it was lovely too.

As to time - yeah I know but the thing is I spend so much time trying to find the sales, and the coupons and driving around to get them all --- I dont know, it actually might be cheaper to just shake up some salad dressing right before I need it.


Mom Mayhem says: 5/25/10, 10:16 AM  

You're right-I bet there are many things- sauces,dressings,-etc. That would be great homemade. My Gma does that a lot -I justhaven't been 1 to master that kind of stuff yet -Maybe 1 of these days :)

Babes Mami 5/25/10, 11:10 AM  

I just started making my own biscuits and rolls! It's not dressing but it was because I figured out I could make it cheaper!

Maureen 5/25/10, 3:02 PM  

I like that you can make the basic salad dressing and alter it. I may just have to give it a whirl. The thing is too, you know exactly what's in it. I can't even pronounce half the stuff on food labels.

Bossy Betty 5/26/10, 1:22 AM  

Just found your blog and like it! I'm a follower now!

J Sedai 5/26/10, 7:36 AM  

see, this is why I make all my own biscuits and rolls, and bread, I make my own vinaigrette too, but not french, I will be now tho, cause that's my all time FAV dressing!

and the thing with coupons for me is, all that driving around to get the deals, haven't you spent at least that in gas? or time? and my time is worth it sorry, I'd rather spend my time in the kitchen whipping up a batch of whatever than driving around to use a coupon. So we just don't eat things that are pre-made usually ever. string cheese and granola bars for snack time might be the only reoccurring exceptions to this.

Vonlipi 5/26/10, 10:00 AM  

I make a couple of homemade dressings and they are lovely! Catalina is a snap in the food processor, I make an Asian one that keeps a long time in the fridge and one from Giada that is delicious but I can't recall the name. Or if I need I just throw stuff togheter at the last minute: Olive oil (EVOO), white wine vinegar,herbs,a bit of dijon and sometimes some light mayo for creaminess.YUM!

Ann 5/27/10, 11:39 AM  

Back in the day, homemakers were really homemakers. No prepackaged, highly expensive but convenient deals to be had...I like everything you posted and have made notes. There are some cheap and fairly quick ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.
The Tattered Tassel

Coloradolady 5/27/10, 12:36 PM  

What memories this stirred! My grandma used to make her own dressing and it was the best! Have a great VTT!

viridian 5/27/10, 1:22 PM  

We are all in this together - I spend so much on ketchup, salad dressings... nad I must have the deoderant or you do not want to be near me.

Sally Annie Magundy 5/27/10, 1:33 PM  

Love the vintage ads and recipes!

Oh gosh, this brings make memories, my mother always made her own salad dressing and she was heavy handed with the vinegar. We'd all be hacking and giggling.

Happy VTT!

GardenofDaisies 5/27/10, 3:14 PM  

I make my own salad dressing, spaghetti sauce, marinades, etc... I very rarely buy those type of things at the store. I do buy ketchup.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm 5/27/10, 4:54 PM  

Great post and great vintage ads/recipes. I am a scratch cook and one thing besides the cost/convenience you also should consider is *healthiness* of scratch. Most salad dressings I would make with either homemade mayo or olive oil and that is healthier than good old wesson oil. I like the knowing of what goes into our food.


Anonymous,  5/27/10, 8:47 PM  

I enjoyed your post. I don't know what year your magazine was, but in the 50's and 60's everything was from "scratch" I don't remember those days but I've learned to cook most of meals like this, I rarely use packaged mixes, the taste is so much better and cheaper.

Sarah 5/27/10, 10:23 PM  

Your post made me smile...and I agree! By the way, for excellent meatballs, you must add Worcestershire sauce, sage, and ground mustard. Mmmm...

Sarah :)

Ulla 5/28/10, 6:39 AM  

Lovely post! I cook our meals from scrap, and for a time I used to make salad dressing too.

Miri 5/28/10, 7:55 AM  

Terrific post!

I love the rice pudding recipe-I'll have to try that and see if I can make it microwave friendly. Right now my rice pudding recipe is super easy-rice, sugar and milk but it takes 4 hours in the oven!

I'm not ready to give up my Sloppy Joe packets just yet though.

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