Saturday, September 4, 2010

Meats that Save You Money

"Slow equals tender. For the most part, inexpensive cuts aren't "throw it on the grill" food (skirt steak, however, is an exception: it's a good grilling choice when marinated).

We're talking longer, moister methods: roasting (chicken and turkey legs and thighs) and braising (brisket and pork shoulder), and adding them to stews and casseroles.

Low heat (never above 180 degrees) for long periods of time breaks down the tough bits for melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Cheaper doesn't have to mean tougher. It's true that initially the more expensive cuts are more tender. They're from the parts of the animal that don't get exercised -- the ribs, the loin, the breast.

There are more muscles and tendons in the legs, the round, and the shoulders, and if you don't cook them with care, they will be tough. "

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Other ways to eat well, and spend less:

"The trouble with eating healthfully is that it just costs too much, right? Sorry; that excuse just bit the dust.
The Mediterranean diet -- the world's healthiest way of eating -- isn't the world's easiest way to drain your wallet. That's a fact confirmed by a recent Public Health Nutrition study.

This diet (and our YOU Diet, which is the same thing tweaked for American and Canadian eating preferences), is full of ingredients, including seafood and olive oil, that you can spend quite a bit on if you choose to.

But you can also slash the cost. And we mean at the supermarket, not just at the doctor's office, although the savings there are huge, too.

That's because the Mediterranean diet's ample produce, whole grains, fish, and olive oil components are overflowing with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals as well as good-for-you monounsaturated and omega-3 fats.

These nutrients can fight diabetes, depression, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and memory loss. And that's just the beginning.

The Mediterranean diet can also slash your risk of heart disease by 29% and stroke by 13%. What's more, it can also cut the odds of prostate, endometrial, pancreatic, breast, and colon cancers by 10% to 25% and help you live younger and longer with less disability."

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Ray only had a short time to work, so Ray and I primed and painted the patches on the fiberglass roof of Pugsy, the vintage motorhome.  One place had to be re-patched, so it is covered for the night, and we will paint it tomorrow.

The cats have been skidding that rug up to the door in the Middle Room, making it difficult to open the door to the Hall.  I tried putting a anti-skid mesh under the rug, but that didn't work.  We screwed a strong hook in the corner of the baseboard, and put a zip-tie through the rug and anchored the rug like that.  I will know in the morning if that worked!

The rug is there for a reason, it is just outside the little bathroom where I bathe dogs.  After I have squeezed most of the water off the dog, I put it down there to get 'a whole lot of shakin' going on', while I sanitize the tub for the next dog.   It is so dangerous for a dog to shake on a slick floor.

With all the new wood floors being laid in homes, make sure you have rugs on them, or you, or your dog, could slip and break something.   Older dogs definitely do not like to walk on uncarpeted floors.

We started to work on repairing the base of the seat to the exerciser that stays in the back yard.  I use it, if I am not Traking, when I am out with the dogs. We got the bolts off the T-Nuts on the old plywood and metal seat support.
Ray got all the staples out of the leather (?) seat, and now we have to use the solid foam as a template for the new piece of plywood.  But it was time for Ray to leave.

It was very humid this morning, but this afternoon it turned into a nice day.


Gypsy said...

The foods in the Mediterranean diet are my instinctve first choice. Now if I just had the energy to cook regular meals! (And I do prefer French or Italian white bread :-(

pidge said...

Thanks for the info on the diet. I went right over to ebay and bought the book. I always use lots of olive oil, so I am a little ahead of the game.

~~Mike~~ said...

Good info on the diets and meat, always happy to learn good tips on this stuff!

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