Getting through the day, one cup at a time.

The Grocery Bill – Week Two

on August 16, 2012

Remember the big-small-medium-small algorithm for this month’s grocery shops? That makes Week Two a ‘small’ shop.

Week Two Groceries

  • 1 bag of 2% milk
  • 1 bag of 1% milk
  • bottle of lemon juice
  • bottled water for Wonderland

TOTAL: $12.80

That leaves $108.46 for the remainder of August. That should include a medium shop and another small shop. I’m going to approximate $80 for Week Three and $25 for Week Four.

Chicken Noodle Soup

No picture again. I forgot. Sorry guys.

After you have eaten delicious roast chicken, and then picked chicken off and made homemade chicken salad – perhaps even for wraps – you will be left with a chicken carcass and some jellied chicken drippings. Dump everything into a pot and fill it with water. Place a lid on said pot and boil on 7 for 4 hours. Or more. You will need to top up the water every hour or so. This is good.

After you have boiled the living snot out of your carcass you will need to place a strainer in a large bowl, then empty the contents of the pot into the strainer. Once the pot is empty you may lift the strainer out of the bowl and return the broth from the bowl back into the pot. Cover the broth and leave the pot on the burner to simmer. For fun. Walk away from your chicken carcass for 30 minutes or more to allow it to cool down.

Once your carcass has cooled down, pick all of the good pieces of chicken off the bones. This will be really easy because boiling your carcass loosens everything. Discard bones, cartilage and fat. If necessary, tear meat into smaller pieces for soup. Add good meat to the broth and turn the burner back up to 7.

Finely chop: two onions, four stalks of celery, carrots, potatoes, anything that you enjoy in chicken noodle soup. Cover and allow to boil independently for 20 minutes or so. Add 2 cups of raw pasta to boiling soup and set timer for however long you cook your pasta for. I added small shells and boiled them for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and enjoy.


2 responses to “The Grocery Bill – Week Two

  1. Nina says:

    I’m so impressed with your budgeting! And yes, gotta love chicken noodle soup, although we’re going crazy with heat over here so I’ve been bypassing anything soup-y!

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