Posts Tagged ‘Bulk Foods’
I have been buying my pinto beans in bulk for several years. They come dried and in 25 and 50 pound bags from Costco or Sam’s Club for less than $10. I store mine in recycled wheat buckets. (Another story… but I do grind my own wheat for flour)
After I make my beans, I freeze them in either mason jars or in zipper bags. (I will talk canning beans on another day!)
(THIS IS A LOT OF BEANS!!) I add about 16 cups of dried beans to my stockpot and add water to just below the top of the pot to soak over night. The next morning, dump out the old water and refill the water to above the beans and cook on medium until tender.
This is where it gets FUN! You get to decide what kind of beans that you want.
Normally, I bag up half of them plain with no seasonings to use with tacos, in soups, etc.
Then the other half I add sauteed onions & garlic and italian herbs and BBQ Sauce, a can of tomato paste, a touch of brown sugar, salt and pepper. And stir is all in. (These remind me of “ranch” beans with onions.
For the BBQ Sauce, I get so many FREE off of the coupon list, buying them when they are 10 for $10 and having $1 coupons… But, you can easily make your own sauce as well.
My 16 cups of dried beans made 8 5-cup bags of pintos ready to use in tacos, etc. and 4 4-cup bags of beans with onions, garlic, tomato paste, BBQ sauce and salt and pepper.
Home-made BBQ Sauce(from foodnetwork):
- 1 (7-ounce) jar or can tomato paste
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons spicy Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons BBQ seasoning mix
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 4 cups water
Whisk all the ingredients together in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by about half or to desired thickness, about 1 hour.
Cool completely before transferring to an airtight container and storing in the refrigerator.
Cook’s Note: Use the BBQ sauce within 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.
Many times I am asked HOW I feed my crew on a TIGHT budget… COUPONS & BULK FOODS!! In October, a friend introduced me to ZAYCON FOODS and their Bulk Meat… I AM NEVER going back to store bought meat ever again.
Zaycon travels around and offers bulk meats (and other things). You do have to re-package to fit your needs… but the price & QUALITY is AMAZING!!! They are all over the US (not just here in AZ)!! I have never seen chicken prices this low in all of the years that I have been coupon shopping either.
I started off with their chicken – 80 pounds for about $140 (including tax)… Got it home and WOWWIE! Those are the BIGGEST chicken breasts (boneless & Skinless) that I have ever seen and they were so tasty. Since then, we have bought their 93/7 ground beef, more chicken and bacon. I will let you know more about the bacon once we get it home in the next few weeks.
Here’s info on the Chicken:
• 100 % natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients
• Comes directly from the processor and has never been frozen
• Sold by the case — 40 lbs in each case
Here’s into on the Ground Beef:
• Fresh, Premium, Fine Grind 93/7 Super* Lean Ground Beef
• Comes in a 40-lb case with four 10-lb chubs per case (approximate weight–see note below)
• No chemicals, additives or water added to meat during processing
• Processed at a USDA-inspected, state-of-the-art plant employing strict operating protocols (including HACCP) and the highest in food-safety standards
• Prior to processing, inspectors from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service randomly sample cattle under a monitoring plan and perform testing for antibiotic residues
They are all over the US, so make sure that you click the link above (and I do get a refer credit of $1 if you order – It helps me feed my family! ) https://www.zayconfoods.com/refer/zf52795