Using Your Kitchen Gadgets to Save Money (3 of 4)

Posted 04-27-2010 at 09:03 AM by MyFrugalFunLife

Most of us have a kitchen (or storage space) filled with kitchen gadgets. They accumulate like dust bunnies and most of the time we go out of our way to avoid them. Since I discovered that cooking meals from scratch saves serious money, I’ve dusted these gadgets off and figured out how to actually use them :)

My two favorites are my crock pot and my bread maker. I now use them several times a week and the amount of money I save because of them is amazing!

When you think of the crock pot you might think of your childhood family get togethers, with all the elderly relatives hauling their large crock pots around and everyone making meatballs :) I received one as a gift several years ago (yes from a grandma), and I never took it out of the box till last fall. I had no idea what to do with it so I jumped online and realized that the crock pot is seriously the wonder tool of the kitchen. This thing can make everything from yogurt and applesauce, to bread and ham! And they’re ridiculously easy to use-plug in, dump ingredients in, come back 4-8 hours later and complete meals have been made!

The recipes are also endless for the crock pot. I love the large Crock Pot thread in the Kitchen Forum here on Diaper Swappers. I also love A Year of Slow Cooking and the crock pot section of Recipezaar.  Last night we had Cheesy Chicken, Bacon and Tater Tot Crock Pot Bake -it cost $7 to make and it was enough food for two meals which equals $3.50 per meal, to feed a family of five! I paired it with super easy Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits and fresh fruit-super yummy and cheap!

Bread makers are a gadget that are coming back in style and I love what I can do with mine. I used to spend quite a bit of money each week on pre-made dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, and pizza crusts but now I use my bread maker and make better tasting versions for a fraction of the cost. I’m still exploring all the ways I can use my bread maker but so far my family’s favorite is cinnamon rolls (I skip the frosting and just mix a bit of milk and powder sugar together to make a glaze).  Bread makers are great for making doughs that can be used for a variety of things.

What kitchen gadgets do you have collecting dust in your house? I challenge you to pull them out and learn frugal new ways to use them!

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5 Responses to “Using Your Kitchen Gadgets to Save Money (3 of 4)”

  1. whitneywalters on April 27th, 2010 5:47 pm

    I love to cook and I have a kitchen full of gadgets to prove it!

    Great post.

  2. amcess721 on April 28th, 2010 1:42 pm

    We use the crockpot for large family get togehters to keep our mashed potatoes nice and hot! You can do them up early in the morning and toss them in there to keep them hot until meal time… great for Easter dinner, Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving!

  3. Generalsgirl08 on April 28th, 2010 5:40 pm

    MMmmmm, that sounds SO good! And looks divine! I have a crock pot, but not a bread-making machine.
    I have found making my own bread is CHEAPER that buying it in the store (I have crunched numbers and found I can make a loaf for about $1.75…we don’t have a local bakery outlet, so this is MUCH better than store-bought bread and MUCH more tasty!), so it would definitely be worth the investment :)

  4. kbz2002 on April 29th, 2010 5:15 pm

    I actually traded my breadmaker this past months swap because I never have the time to use it. I had it for 2 years and used it once. But I do love my crockpot and I make a lot of things by scratch but bread is just not one. I just go to the bread outlet and stock up there.

  5. ebony_vbac on May 1st, 2010 5:48 am

    i bought a bread maker for 10$ the bread doesnt taste as good as my firends breadmaker i borrowed but i found i can make the dough in the machine and bake it in the oven and its delicious. i think if i had a kitchenaid i wouldnt even need the bread maker. but mine supposedly makes jam and cake too so i will be making those in it soon. i bought a crock pot just to make yogurt ive never made regular food in it yet

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