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Save money by making your own pickles.
This is so simple that I am almost embarrassed to post it. We recently found cucumbers at a super low price, so I bought extra to try a little pickle experiment. I sliced the cucumbers and placed them in a jar of leftover vinegar and spices from a previous pickle purchase (on sale, of course!).
I left them in the refrigerator for three days, and voila! The cucumber slices tasted just like the store bought pickles. We made two batches using the same vinegar mixture from the original jars, but I am sure that you can make even more. Just pay attention to the original expiration date on the jar.
So, you may be saying to yourself that this won’t save very much money. For our family, making just two batches saved $7 that we would have paid for our favorite brand. While pickles are not a necessity, being able to make several batches for just a few cents makes my kids and my budget happy.
If you don’t like pickles, think of another item that you normally buy that you can make more cheaply.
What will you make this week? Leave a comment.
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Since school has started back up I made breakfast night for dinner the other day and decided to make a separate back of French Toast for my 3 kids for a quick breakfast. It’s a lot cheaper to make and freeze then buying the premade ones from the store and I got my bread cheap at the bread store. We also make frozen PB and J’s for my two boys 12 and 10 instead of buying the premade box that is crazy expensive.
GREAT ideas Sara! Have you seen my Freezer Waffle Recipe? Here’s the link: https://thepeacefulmom.com/2012/11/07/homemade-freezer-waffle-batter-recipe/. It’s another cost effective, quick breakfast idea. 🙂
We have a garden so making pickles in the summer is something we do ! I happened to drive by a house a couple of times and noticed they had pears falling from their trees, just rotting. I stopped one day and asked if I could pick.. they said help yourself !! So have been canning pears and making pear butter 😉 Its always great to hear what other people do !
Gotta love free food!
My breadmaker has a jam setting.
i use this to make all our jams and relishes
so cheap seasonal food can be enyoyed all year
Love you site so much
I make refrigerator pickles. they are not as cheap as your idea though.
Going to have to try it!!!!
Want to share your recipe Em?
bring to a boil and dissolve sugar by stirring: 1 cup vinegar, 1 Tbl salt and 2 cups of sugar.
pour this mixture over 6 thinly sliced cucumbers (leave skin on) and 1 medium onion thinly sliced in a large bowl.
chill and enjoy! they keep for quite a long time just in a bowl in the fridge.
(In memory of my friend Tacy!)
Thank you Em! I will try these. 🙂
Christina @ The Scrappy Housewife says
It’s super easy to make your own with just a few pantry ingredients too! We do that a lot when cukes hit rock bottom.
I make my own pickles too! They taste great.
Julie C says
I save money by making my own pita bread. It’s super easy, and pitas at my store are pretty pricey. Plus, fresh baked tastes a million times better than the stuff at the store. You can do a lot at once and keep in the freezer.
Ooh Julie–can you link the recipe or leave it in a comment here? Thanks!
Julie C says
Sure! This is the one I use: http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2012/08/homemade-pita-bread.html I will say that about half the time I don’t get the “puff” part right, but they still work great as flatbreads even without the air pocket in the middle.
Thanks Julie! 🙂