by Phyllis Clish
I started a blog, MyGreatLeftovers.com, a few months ago because not only I, but also my family and friends, felt I
had some good ideas on how to use up leftover bits of food to save money and
reduce waste in the kitchen.
food is not only expensive, but it is time consuming to plan what to buy, purchase
it, haul it home, put it away, and then ultimately cook it. The last thing in the world you want to do is
throw away anything because not only have you wasted your money but your
other part is your goal to feed your family affordable, high quality, healthy
food consistently, which requires some planning ahead.
idea I’m going to share with you today is on roast beef. I don’t know about you, but I love homemade roast
beef and there are simply an unlimited amount of ideas as to what to do with
leftover roast beef. The problem is
making the roast beef in order to have leftovers or what I like to call planned
leftovers. I have found an inexpensive
way to have delicious slow cooked roast beef, without any additives, available
in my freezer at all times, to be used in a variety of recipes that can be on
your dinner table in 30 minutes or less.
A few of the things I make with
this meat include beef barley soup, shredded roast beef burritos or enchiladas, beef
vegetable soup, beef stew, beef pot pie, beef with gravy over mashed potatoes
or rice, hot roast beef sandwiches, and chili. I’m sure there’s many more that
I haven’t thought of.
where do you get this wonder meat? You plan
ahead and have it in your freezer at all times with only a little effort.
Now I have to give you my philosophy on the amounts
and ingredients in any recipe. You do not
need to be exact, cooking is not an exact science. Yes, like everything, there are exceptions,
but in my kind of cooking, it is not, unless I make a notation to the contrary,
which is rare. A little more or less to
accommodate your tastes, the amount of the leftovers you have or what you have
in your pantry will not usually make a huge difference. You can almost always substitute and add or
leave out things that you don’t like or don’t have on hand. In truth, that is the secret to cooking your
very own special recipes. Use my recipes
as a starting point and enjoy the ride.
large package of stew meat like the ones at Sam’s or Costco. It’s about half
the price, per pound, of a roast. You
can also shop sales at your local grocery and come up with some good
deals. Of course, you are never sure
which bits of roasts are included in the package, and they will vary, but that
is ok. The main thing to look for is
that the fat left on the meat is minimal. These packages usually average around five pounds. The other way is to buy roasts of your choice
and cut into about 1 1/2 inch chunks.
Tender Slow Cooked Beef To Have Ready In Your Freezer
5 lb (approximate) package of stew meat, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes, or crushed tomatoes, or stewed tomatoes
processed until broken up
1 cup beef broth or 1 cup water with 1 teaspoon beef soup base or bullion
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
some fresh sprigs of rosemary and thyme or dried rosemary and thyme or your choice
Brown your beef chunks in a bit of oil. (This step can be eliminated if you’re
really short on time.) Put in 6 qt slow cooker. Add the rest of the
ingredients and stir. Cook on low about 8 hrs or until tender. Allow to cool. Remove any stems and the bay leafs.
Package in roughly 2 cups per 1 qt freezer
bag. Lay flat to freeze and then you can stand them on end to save room
in your freezer. Be sure to write the contents
and date on the bag.
Don’t forget to check my website for easy recipes that use this meat. MyGreatLeftovers.com