- Reuse Ziploc bags. I saw my dad's girlfriend wash out a Ziploc bag about 5 years ago and I thought she was completely bonkers! Sorry Leslie! But, now I see what a great idea that actually is. The freezer bags are so sturdy that they can be reused a number of times. When I had meat in them, I wash them out with dish soap and very hot water. Scrubbing it nice and clean. Then I put it over top of something, like a bottle of pop, until it is dry completely. I always make sure these bags are labeled, "meat" with a sharpie. If I just had veggies or something, I wash it out and dry the same, but I don't label those ones.
- Use containers or alternate coverings instead of plastic wrap. When we have left overs, I either put them in a storage container in the fridge, or I cover it with those kind of shower cap things you can get at the dollar store. They come in packages of 10 and I wash them after each use to use again. We haven't had to buy plastic wrap in years.
- I have already done 2 posts on how I really don't use any tin foil as well. Instead of covering casseroles with tin foil in the oven, I put a metal baking sheet on top and I cook my baked potatoes in a covered casserole dish together, instead of individually wrapped in tin foil.
- Use an oil pump sprayer or spritzer instead of Pam. My mom bought me one of these about 20 years ago and I have gone through a few since then. (Luckily, I found them on clearance for $0.44 each!) I always use this to spray my bread pans or anything else that needs a little oil. They work by pumping the top that puts air in the canister. Then it sprays out just like Pam. They look like this one from Pampered Chef;
So there are just a few ways I save money in the kitchen.
This post is linked up to; Living Well Spending Less