January 2, 2004

Hambone, Hambone, Where Ya' Been?

I've been forced to re-examine my financial situation and tighten down a bit. Ok, a lot. Sadly this will reflect my food budget, but luckily I know how to stretch the almighty hambone. I've been making soup stock like a madwoman for the past month. I am a stock making machine. But my greatest accomplishment was this past weekend because I really saved some dollars. First I roasted a chicken which gave me two days of meals before leaving for the holidays. I freezed the carcass. Upon my return, while my neighbors I am catsitting for were out of town, I stole the hambone from their leftover honey-baked ham out of the fridge. (Don't worry, I put the leftover ham in their freezer for them to enjoy after they get back.) Two hours later i had some heavenly chicken and ham stock. I spent exactly $1.67 on some winter melon and baby bok choy at the asian market down the street and added some cellophane noodles I already had in my pantry for soup that is fit for even my former, more financially secure self.


Posted by yi at January 2, 2004 1:49 PM


Posted by: gabe at January 3, 2004 11:25 PM

How about a stock ingedient freecycling group? Call it Consommune.

You can also get bones for cheap or nothing at the store. Contrary to conventional wisdom, try expensive places like Central Market that aren't accustomed to such requests and will usually just give you stuff that other people turn up their noses at. Just chat up the peeps at the counter to find out when the deliveries will be and when they'll be filleting/boning them.

Posted by: Rod at January 5, 2004 11:37 AM

you truly impress me, yi

Posted by: car-e at January 5, 2004 7:29 PM
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