A friend had a roast she did not want to cook. She suggested I cook us a meal. I took the roast, cooked it with potatoes, carrots, and onions. Later, I gave her back almost half the roast and some of the potatoes and carrots.
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Cost to me
potatoes: $0.50, still in bag from two weeks ago ???
carrots: $2 for two lbs baby carrots (used 1.5 lbs)
onion: gotten free and stored in freezer
Besides returning to her a portion--half the roast, I ate from my half of the roast for three days and shared today's meal with a friend. That's about $0.40 per meal. Then, there was still enough carrots and potatoes for his lunch tomorrow. From the uncooked leg quarters she gave me last week, he is taking free thigh meat to complete his lunch tomorrow. Last week she received a free, delivered pot of chicken and dumplings.
To clarify: A male friend ate with me. A female friend did not want to cook and gave me the roast and chicken. She hates to cook.
I spent about $2 on five roast meals with meat and two vegetable. With neither meal was there an abundance of meat. I decided to just cut back and be happy with less meat not to cut costs, but for my health. Each meal cost me about $0.40, very inexpensive in my opinion.
Last week, I made her chicken and dumplings with half the chicken leg quarters she gave me. I kept the rest of the chicken to cook later for my use. I even delivered her pot of chicken and dumplings.
Even though I used electricity to cook, I did not count that because bought meat or free meat, the cost to cook is the same.
Maybe we can continue this practice. I certainly can eat more cheaply and she eats more nutrious and tasty meals.
An identical roast is in my freezer, waiting the maiden voyage of my stainless steel pressure cooker. I acquired the pressure cooker before Christmas but have never used it. This roast is all mine, not to be shared except with company.
I have heard of cooking and swapping meals and casseroles. But, has anyone done this? I take the meat and cook and return only half the meat. The carrots were just my gift to her, I suppose.