I want to write a longer post soon concerning my thoughts and tips for cooking frugally. In the meantime, I would like to recommend some cookbooks that have been a great help to me in this area.
First on the list would have to be MORE WITH LESS COOKBOOK, by Doris Janzen Longacre. This is a Mennonite cookbook which is extremely practical and easy to use. Friends of ours who were serving as missionaries in a jungle told us that this book was recommended to them by their mission board to help with cooking. (At that point I had already been using this book for years. It's practical and helpful in any setting!) My copy is just about worn out, missing both covers.
MAKE YOUR OWN GROCERIES and MORE MAKE YOUR OWN GROCERIES are both by Daphne Metaxas Hartwig. They contain some great ideas. I've gotten many of my recipes for homemade seasoning mixes, salad dressing recipes, cake mixes, etc. from these books. The author's standard is that the recipes for homemade groceries must cost less and taste as good, or better than, the convenience products they are replacing.
For parents of young children, I also recommend FEED ME! I'M YOURS by Vicki Lansky. This book has some great economical ideas for toddler-friendly foods and snacks, as well as homemade baby food.
Travel Sewing Kit
45 minutes ago