Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday's ALDI Trip - Score on Organic Butter!

Today I made a major score at ALDI, if you have an ALDI near you, you might want to go check it out!  I ran in to pick up a few things while Joe was picking up his prescriptions at CVS; I was rounding the corner to the check-out, and I spotted it - Organic Butter $0.99/lb!!!!!!  Here's what I ended up with...

8 lbs Organic Butter marked down to $0.99 ea = 8/$7.92!
1 box no-cook Lasagne Shells $0.99
1 bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese $3.29
1 bag Yogurt Raisins $1.79
2 pkgs Sage Seeds $0.49 ea = 2/$0.98
1 Cabbage $0.79
1-5 lb bag Russet Potatoes $2.39
 + $0.11 Tax

Total OOP: $18.26

Frugal Finds Friday: Freezer Cooking - Garlic Bread

 Garlic bread is delicious paired with soup, or pasta, but can cost a pretty penny when you want the convenience of having it pre-made and ready to pop into the oven.  So I started getting bread from the bakery and making my own.  Then I thought, why not make it ahead of time and freeze it - DUH!  So that's what I do now, sometimes I even get lucky and can get the day-old bread from the bakery!
 All I do is spread the halved bread with butter (I use Land O Lakes Butter and Olive Oil spread), then I sprinkle on garlic powder, a little Italian seasoning, and some grated Parmesan.  I put the two halves together and wrap them in foil.  I can fit three wrapped 'loaves' per gallon freezer bag.
I usually get the bread down in the morning and let it thaw in the fridge, but if not, you can just bake it a little longer.  If I forget and have to bake it longer, I usually pop the two pieces apart half-way through.
Thawed: Bake at 400 degrees F 10 minutes
Frozen: Bake at 400 degrees F 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven
* this bread is also delicious topped with a little shredded mozzarella as pictured above - yummy!

What was your frugal find for this week?