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Using Expensive Meat: Conclusions

So far we’ve had 15 portions using the expensive pork roast I bought. (See this post.) That brings the price down to $1.86 per portion. Surprise!

What I still have in the freezer: 1 slab which could be turned into stir fry, soup, or two pork chops, and a small container of carnitas. At a minimum, there’s probably still 4 portions remaining. If I figure 19 portions from this pork roast, it’s $1.47 each.

Just wow.

I had no idea I could do that. I’ve been watching it go, but I’ve used the meat as I cut it: about 1/2-1/3 for the roast (which became the carnitas), 3 slabs, and one small piece off the end. The small piece was turned into soup. That left the 3 slabs. We’ve eaten 2.

I admit it probably wouldn’t work this way in a bigger family, or perhaps with other cuts of meat. I started with a boneless hunk of pork loin. Very little waste, especially since I’ve used the small amount of fat that came with it to cook something every time we’ve eaten the pork. But I haven’t skimped or deliberately stretched it, I’ve just used it as convenient.

I also admit we’ve been eating it pretty steadily, because I knew I had this chunk of beautiful stuff in the freezer. . . My plan is to use meat for dinner 2x a week, which would have been 6 meals or 12 portions.

We also ate it for lunch: 5 6 portions worth. We tend to eat smaller lunches than dinners, so it went further that it might have otherwise.

My conclusion? It’s possible to get to my target price with expensive meat, if you have minimal waste in the original, large piece of meat AND if you use any leftovers for lunches. Otherwise? I’d have made 10 meals, at $2.79 per portion, over the $2 per portion price I wanted.

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It’s Monday & It’s Not April Fool’s — Darn!

I was hoping my terrible morning could be blamed on something, anything other than it is just my turn at the big chance wheel to have a world-class sucky day.

I tried looking for something on our town’s library site. It didn’t work. I tried looking at the state’s site. That didn’t work either. Why would this upset me? Because the system they replaced a few years back I knew how to use and I used it a lot. More dangerous learning curves ahead, sigh. Just once? I’d like a “learning experience” that is not frustrating or embarrassing or expensive — just once!

And I used 1/2 the last batch of cake mix. (See the links list.) Substituted 1/4C orange juice for that much of the milk. (I had a cookbook which had a “master recipe,” used the same amount of milk, but to make an orange cake, substitute 1/4C orange juice and change the leavening from just baking powder to baking powder and baking soda.) I couldn’t do anything with the quantity of baking powder (the recipe reduced the baking powder too) as it was a mix, but I was only using 1/2 the mix, sooooo..

It rose up and got golden and looked splendid. I made a blood orange glaze. The house smelled glorious. I inserted a knife in the middle to see if it was done?’

“Whoosh” it said and fell.

Pulled it from the oven, ran the knife around the outside edge and tried to pry out one corner. The top folded back like a piece of paper — and it looked RAW inside?

Ooookay, back in the oven it goes, with foil on top, to cook and cook and cook some more. No change.  I finally just tasted it. It was cooked, but didn’t look it.

It’s yummy.

I used a cake mix to make a baked orange pudding.

I have a button for days like this: “I should have stood in bed.”

And stayed there!