Friday, March 27, 2009

Leftovers! I Don’t Think So . . .


In posting the idea for the Fire-Roasted Pork Shoulder Butt yesterday, I did so with a specific goal in mind. . .sharing ideas for stretching the family's weekly food budget.

Our food budgets are being stretched to their limits while food costs seem to be on the steady rise. It seems like a good time to revisit the way our grandmothers and mothers stretched their food dollars to feed large families after the depression. I believe with a little experience and some thoughtful planning families can begin to enjoy mealtime again-saving valuable budget dollars for other family expenses.

The Fire-Roasted Pork Butt is a perfect example. At one of the warehouse stores we purchased two pork shoulder butts, totally $24 for $1.59 per pound. (15+ pounds) One is in reserve for use on an upcoming episode of Home At Last and the other, already roasted is being sliced, portioned and stored later this afternoon.

Last night I served about four ounces of pork, ¾ cup each of brown sushi rice and a reduction sauce of my cooking liquid flavored and thickened with Pork Bisto from England for two people. It was perfectly roasted with delicious flavor and the brown sushi rice provided more flavor and great texture.

Which leaves me with 14+ pounds of pork shoulder butt that will provide us with some great dinners including tonight's Italian-inspired Porchetta panninis with a delicious artisan cheese and fresh fruit!

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