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    Making Poor Man’s Stew ($1.00 Meal)

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    Making Poor Man’s Stew ($1.00 Meal)

    If you are trying to stretch your grocery budget as far as possible, frugal cooking is an excellent option to consider. While extravagant recipes full of expensive ingredients can be tasty and fun to try, it is entirely possible to create meals that are both healthy and filling without having to spend more than a couple dollars. One such recipe is a recipe called “Poor Man’s Stew” – and it’s exactly what it sounds like.

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    To make Poor Man’s Stew, all you need is affordable ingredients such as chicken breast, onions, carrots, and other vegetables. The thing about Poor Man’s Stew is the fact that it's meant to be made using whatever ingredients you already have. For example, if you have potatoes in your pantry and some leftover beef, you can make Poor Man’s Stew using those ingredients.

    The nice thing about Poor Man’s Stew is the fact that most any combination of meat and vegetables will make for a tasty and filling stew. This means that Poor Man’s Stew is a recipe that you can make using leftover ingredients from other dishes in order to stretch your grocery budget as far as possible.

    Once you've chosen the ingredients for your Poor Man’s Stew, all you need to do is add the ingredients to a slow cooker along with a couple cups of water and whatever spices you choose to season your stew with, then let the stew cook on low heat for about six to seven hours.

    The resulting dish will be a pot full of tasty and filling stew that is enough to feed multiple people — all made using ingredients that are affordable and ingredients that you already had in your kitchen.

    To learn more about how to prepare Poor Man’s Stew, be sure to check out the video by Prepper Princess below:

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      1. Hello,

        This is also call “Pot Luck,” or “Hobo Stew” or “Left-Over Stew” and it has been a staple in our family (literally) for multiple generations. We learned to make this from our mother, who learned to make it from her mother, etc., dating back many generations.

        During the holidays we save all the drippings, bone pickings, off-fall chunks and broth from our Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys, beef roasts and/or hams, every year. We toss it into an extra large pot. All the meat scraps are already precooked, so no cooking time is needed.

        We warm it up and simply add one or two cans of green beans, corn, carrots and sliced potatoes, depending on how much broth and meat we have to work with. Usually one crock pot full makes 10-15 Tupperware square rounds per pot.

        (For those with a taste for Italian style tomato based stew, you can add 1-can of diced tomatoes and 1-can of tomato sauce.)

        Once it is hot it is ready to serve. Let it all cool down and you can do as we do. Divide it up in Tupperware, freeze it, then vacuum bag seal the swuares. Your Left-Over Stew will now keep in the freezer (fully flavorful) for years … if it lasts that long.

        When reheating a frozen square, put it in a sauce pan with just a little water, on medium heat. One square round and some crackers or bread makes a hearty, tummy filling meal for a party of one.

        God Bless and Happy New Year,
        Orrin M. Knutson
        Peace Officer Retired
        Emergency Survival Author

      2. This is what I call homemade soup. I always put in what ever goes with the meat I am using, This is how I make my Turkey soup, always save your stock from the meats you cook. cool, pour in a container with a top, then put in the frig over night. The grease always floats to the top and it will solidify so scrape it off the top and discard unless you can use it for something else. Then replace the lid onto the stock and label it then put in the freezer. When you accumulate enough for soup or a stew put it in the soup pot and do your thing, much more flavor. A stew differs from soup because you usually slightly thicken the juice after it is cooked. Either way it pure and more nutritious than store bought and cheaper for the pocket.


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