Bringing Home the Bacon

BaconI mean literally! My kids LOVE bacon. Unfortunately it is getting more expensive every day. I have two ways of continuing to give my kids what they like and saving money – buying bits and spreading it out.

For years I didn’t buy bacon at all because it was expensive in the nice package with strips all neatly laid out. My kids would have it at my parents and always want some at home. Eventually I found packages of bits and ends of bacon. These include slices that aren’t nice enough to go into the regular packages as well as the end pieces that are thicker. My kids don’t know what sliced bacon looks like anymore. They just get bacon “bits”.

The other way I save money with bacon is to use it sparingly. Bacon has a lot of flavor – so I use that in my favor. I put enough in a dish (my kids love it in macaroni and cheese) to give it some flavor but not so much it breaks my budget!

How about you? Do you have any other ideas?

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  1. Bacon and green beans. Chop the equivalent of 1-2 slice(s) of bacon into small “bits.” Brown in a frying pan, and add 1 lb frozen beans, stirring continuously for about 45 seconds. Add 1 cup chicken broth, put lid on slightly askew to allow steam to escape and simmer until broth is gone, 8-10 minutes. Everyone at my house eats green beans when I make these. I am up to 2 lbs of green beans a meal, now.

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