I think we can all agree that meat prices are climbing higher and higher every year. If you’re hoping to save money on meat, you can make your money stretch further by doing a bit of work yourself. Here’s how I stretched an $11.60 roast into 5 meals.Dropping $11.60 on a hunk of meat is admittedly not the most frugal thing in the world. But, that hunk of meat happened to weigh almost 5-lbs, which inches it a little further into frugal territory.
The first thing I did was cut it in half straight down the middle.
Then, I sliced both halves in half.
Then I quartered each section. If you want to make pork roasts, you can stop after the last step. I ended up with 12 slices from three sections.I didn’t slice 1 section of the meat because I saved it for a roast. The piece I set aside for the roast was about 1 lb.
I bagged everything up into freezer bags at this point. The amount you put into each bag depends on how many pieces you’ll need to feed your family for one meal. I put three slices into each bag – 2 for my husband, 1 for me. So all in all, this pork loin is giving us five dinners, including a roast. If you want to stop here, you can. I decided to go ahead and marinate each bag (all but the piece for the roast) to save myself some time down the road.
Here’s what I used for my marinades. I know they seem random, but sometimes all you need is a few basic ingredients to create a nice marinade!
I marinated four of the bags. In case the text is too fuzzy to read, they’re Garlic Adobo, Zesty Ranch, Ranch Adobo and Honey BBQ. There’s really no recipe for the marinades.
I’m pretty happy with the results. We’ve already had two of these meals (the roast and the zesty ranch), and I will definitely be making them again.
Since writing this post I’ve learned that you can just ask the butcher department to cut them for you right at the store, so you can save yourself a lot of time if your grocery store offers that service! 🙂