Frugal Food Recipes

Have you ever splurged on a delicious cinnamon bun from cinnabon? To me, they are the most delicious cinnamon rolls around, but I can't justify the cost of splurging for one of these. I have a recipe for those cinnamon rolls! I found it over at cdkitchen. I adjust it so that it makes close to thirty smaller buns instead.  When it comes to the rolling up part I roll it the long way instead of the short way of the rectangle. You'll understand when you read the instructions. These are so great and save you some dollars.

Another item we make a lot here is jam. I freeze my berries in the summer in resealable bags and then make my jam in the winter. This recipe calls for half the amount of sugar as my normal jam from fresh berries recipe. If you have any berries in the freezer, why not take a stab at this recipe? It ends up making 6-7 jam containers worth. One jar of jam at the store runs roughly around $3-6. This recipe lets the cost come down to approximately $0.96 a jar and it's home made! It only takes about 30-45 mins to make it too!

Strawberry Jam from Frozen Fruit

8 cups of whole unsweetened frozen strawberries
1 box of light pectin crystals (DO NOT TRY ANYTHING ELSE! Trust me, it WON'T work!)
4 1/2 cups of sugar

Thaw berries until just a few crystals remain. Drain, reserving juice; crush fruit (a lot!). Combine fruit and juice to make 6 cups; pour into heavy saucepan. Mix pectin with 1/4 cup of the sugar; stir into fruit. Bring to full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add remaining sugar. Return to full rolling boil, stirring. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir and skim off any foam for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil lids for 5 minutes. Fill 8 sterilized 1 cup canning jars (or whatever size you decide to use), leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe rims if necessary. Seal with prepared lids; screw on bands fingertip tight. Process in boiling water bath canner for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool on rack for 24 hours, inverting jars several times to distribute fruit.

I clipped this recipe out of Canadian Living magazine 12 years ago , so I don't have a link for you, my apologies.

You have jam!

Another recipe that goes over great here are chocolate chip cookies. I double this one! I have tried a lot of recipes, to date, this is my favourite. Tempt me with yours!

Chocolate Chip Cookies


1cup butter softened
3/4 cup each brown and white sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
2 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Cream butter and sugars together. Add one egg at a time.

Mix dry ingredients together in a seperate bowl. Mix half of the dry in to the wet at a time. Add as many chocolate chips as you can! The more the better!

Shape into balls and put on cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-12 mins.

Let me know if you try any of these or if you have some frugal food recipes you would love to share.

Enjoy your day!

2 comments:

YourMoney said...

Hmm Cinnabon cinnamon buns! They're hard to resist. It's a great idea to scrounge around for frugal food recipes because those grocery bills always hurt more than they seem. The strawberry jam (made cheap) and delicious sounding chocolate cookie recipe can definitely fit into your grocery budget!

Lisa @Cents To Save said...

The jam recipe looks delicious!