Friday, March 2, 2012

Frugal Friday #1

Welcome to Frugal Friday, where each week I will be sharing a tip with you about how to live a little bit more frugally.
Since one of the areas that I save the most money is in the kitchen, today’s tip will be a cooking one.
Frugal Friday ButtonThree Thrifty Uses for Tomato Sauce
When I was growing up in Ukraine, it was not possible to buy cans/jars of spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or enchilada sauce. When we wanted any of those things, we would buy either tomato sauce or tomato paste and make our own. When Jason and I first married, he was used to buying 26 oz. jars of spaghetti sauce for $1 - $2. I suggested that we try making our own the way I had grown up doing. So, we bought a 80 oz. can of tomato sauce for $2.86. We already had the seasonings we needed on hand, and Jason enjoyed the homemade sauce, so that is the way we’ve been making it ever since. I also make my own pizza and enchilada sauce.
When I have such a large can of sauce, I split it into at least three different meals throughout a week. Some of the meals that I make using tomato sauce are:
Spaghetti with meat sauce
Spaghetti and meatballs
Chili
Lasagna
Pizza
Wet Burritos
Taco Soup
Some other ideas are:
Tomato Soup
Vegetable Beef Soup
Spicy Potato Soup

Sauces are very subjective, but here are the seasonings I add to each type of sauce. (amounts are approximate, as I rarely measure)
 
1. Spaghetti Sauce – about 4 cups of tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Basil
1/2 teaspoon Crushed Bay Leaves
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 teaspoons Dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Dried minced garlic
a tad bit of sugar (takes a little of the acidity out of the sauce)
2. Pizza Sauce – about 2 cups of tomato sauce
2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Crushed Bay Leaves
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 teaspoons Dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Dried minced garlic
a tad bit of sugar (takes a little of the acidity out of the sauce)
3. Enchilada Sauce – about 3 cups of tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
dash of hot sauce
Do you make your own sauce? Do you can it? I’d love to hear from you! Be sure to link up your own frugal tip of the day below!


2 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE tomato sauce. I use it in place of pizza sauce, and everyone raves over my pizza (and they usually ask what sauce I used).

    I dilute a small can of tomato paste with just one can of water so it's a little thicker than regular tomato sauce. Then I simply add it to the crust as-is, and finish by sprinkling it with garlic salt and onion powder. It's much cheaper, and I like it LOTS better than commercial pizza sauce. Everyone else seems to like it better, too.

    I've been wanting to try spaghetti sauce and tomato soup with it, too. Since you've already done it and had it turn out fine, I may just give it a try, too. :)

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  2. That you're making me hungry...
    Unfortunatelly I am not much of a cooker. But seeing your blog I will probably be more motivated to try more stuff... Im serious, I have never done meatballs and tomato sauce for spaghetti. I'll probably try it tonight. Thank you for that. Hope it'll work.
    xx dd from www.spikesandstuds.blogspot.com

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