Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tuesday Bargains

I only got a few good deals yesterday. I was planning to make burgers for dinner using some raw patties that I had in the freezer. However, Food Town had some packages of ground beef marked down to $1.29 pound so I decided to get a couple packages and make fresh burgers instead. I ended up with about 7 pounds of meat and I made all of it into patties then cooked them in my NuWave oven. I kept some of the cooked burgers in the fridge for us to eat over the next few days and froze the rest for another time. For dinner last night I had a very tasty burger topped with a slice of onion, a slice of tomato, mayo, mustard, dill pickle relish and my homemade ketchup. The tomatoes weren't on sale yesterday but the onions were only 39-cents per pound.

Food Town also had the fajita marinade that I use on sale for only 99-cents per bottle so I bought two of them. It's called Figaro Fabulosa Quick Fajitas Marinade. It's normally around $1.79 in most stores around here. The marinade has smoke flavoring in it so I get a grilled flavor in my chicken whether I cook it outside on the gas grill or inside on my counter top grill.

I got one other good deal at HEB. They had a coupon for a free bag of their store brand pork rinds if you bought two for $1.50 each.

I should mention that Tuesday is the last day of any sales that I get at Food Town or HEB. The new ads come out on Wednesday here. If I can remember to do so, I'll post the current sales for those stores in my Thursday posts. Of course only those who live in the Houston area will benefit from this info since they're local grocery chains.

Today I'll be roasting the whole chicken that I bought at Kroger for 49-cents per pound a couple weeks ago and I'm going to make stuffing for the guys using the marked down stuffing cubes that I got from the clearance bin for only 69-cents. I've decided to make the whole bag of the stuffing (it's a 1-pound bag) and freeze the extra cooked stuffing. Otherwise, the rest of the stuffing cubes in the open bag would just get stale before I'd have another chance to use them.


  1. I just mentioned to my son that I was going to make "froggy meat" today for dinner. When he was very young (4 or 5?) he saw me preparing a whole chicken for roasting and said that it looked like a frog. From that day forward, whole roasted chickens were called froggy meat in our house. Do any of you have a funny family name for dishes that you make?

  2. I have noticed that you mention using a NuWave oven, do you like it? Expensive? What can you tell us about it?

  3. They are kind of expensive but I received mine as a gift. This is the model that I have: I don't use it a lot but I have certain things that I always cook in it. My family loves the burgers that I make in the NuWave Oven and I don't end up with grease all over the kitchen like I would if I pan-fried them. It also does a nice job with pork roasts and roast chicken. I would never make steak in it though. Steaks cook such a short time that they don't have a chance to get browned in the NuWave. However, I've heard that they turn out well if you put them in frozen. Steak is too expensive for me to experiment on though so I'll probably never try that.

    For a while I was making burger patties from the ground beef that I was getting marked down and freezing them. I would sometimes cook 12 pounds worth or more per session because I was eating a burger every morning for my breakfast. After a couple years of doing that, I eventually got tired of them. Now I either make them from fresh meat or I shape the patties and freeze them raw. I put the frozen raw patties right in the NuWave without thawing them first and they turn out great.

    One benefit of cooking the NuWave is that it doesn't heat up the house in the summer like my main oven.