It’s very beneficial for our food budget that I prefer to cook dry beans. I mean, a bag of dried beans is cheap, y’all! And now that I have an Instant Pot, cooking them is super fast too. Especially black-eyed peas. Heck, I don’t even have to soak them first.
Black-eyed peas cook in only about 15 minutes with an additional 15-minute natural release time. I can put ‘em on to cook when I start supper and they’ll be ready to serve by the time we’re ready to eat!
But I wanted a little something different with our black-eyed peas. I decided to add some spicy Rotel tomatoes to them. They turned out deliciously.
As it always is this time of year, this was a busy week for RancherMan & me. Between garden chores, PG checking cows, ordering new honeybee queens, doing hive splits, etc. we’ve really been working sun up to sun down.
But even when the days are filled to the brim there’s still ways to save money during our typical day-to-day life. Come see the 5 frugal ways we’ve been able to save money (and oftentimes with a positive environmental impact as well!)
I use canning jars for many things here on the Homestead. Everything from actual food canning to storing leftovers in the refrigerator to storing dehydrated food in the pantry.
Although I shy away from using glass in my freezer, many people repurpose canning jars to freeze foods as well. (using proper headspace recommendations of course)
Since you can only use traditional 2 piece canning flats & rings once for actually canning food, often I’ll utilize previously-used canning flats & rings to top those canning jars I’m using for other food storage.
But sometimes doinking around with a 2-part lid is inconvenient.
Come see what I’ve found to replace that 2-part lid for food storage on the cheap.