Extending Ground Beef

Do you remember when you could find ground beef on sale for 99 cents? I miss those days. Now I’m lucky to find ground chuck for $4.99 a pound. That’s a big difference and now more than ever it’s important to stretch that meat. That’s why I thought it was about time to re-visit this frugal tip on making due with less.

Tip From A HBHW Reader:

When I’m making a recipe that calls for ground beef (e.g. Sloppy Joes), I use half the amount called for and substitute cooked pinto beans, refried beans, and/or shredded potatoes for the other half.

It’s a really good tip and something I’ve done for years. It’s easy to use half when you’re making soup, stew or chili. Just add more vegetables to make up the difference.

When we make sloppy joes, or burgers, I replace half the ground beef with cooked lentils. This also works well with meatloaf. With spaghetti we like black beans. Some weeks, I completely replace the ground beef with black beans, sometimes we do half and half.

Using homemade beef or even chicken stock in your soups, stews and sauces adds a lot of flavor so  you don’t miss the meat as much.

With ground beef prices soaring, use these tips to buy less meat but make your dishes just as tasty.

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