Save Money by Using Leftovers

One thing about being a prepper is to utilize everything that is available.  Using leftover saves money, you can then use for other purposes.

We just recently had a family birthday dinner for two family members and I always try and ask what kind of dessert they would like and sometimes I ask what they want to eat. Well this time I didn’t ask what they wanted, because I had the menu in my freezer.

I always try to buy meat on sale and then freeze it for one of my families get together.  This time there was a turkey and a whole chicken that needed using.  I roasted both and sliced them the day before the dinner.  The juice from both was saved to make gravy for the mashed potatoes and meat.  Well because the turkey was good sized, they ate most of the turkey and I had half the chicken left.  I just finished cooking the turkey carcass and taking the meat off the bones.  This will be the base for a delicious soup.  I did the same with the chicken bones and saved the broth and leftover meat.

Now I have two meals.  The first is a turkey soup and the second a chicken potpie.

Here is the chicken potpie recipe.

  • 4 cups of broth or gravy (I used the remaining gravy and then added the broth from cooking the bones)
  • Leftover chicken (at least two cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1/2 frozen peas
  • 2 potatoes diced and cooked

Seasonings to your taste (salt, pepper, garlic and a little cayenne pepper).

Put the liquid in a pot big enough to hold all the ingredients and put in the onion, celery, carrots and potatoes to cook until tender.  Add the seasonings to your taste, chicken and peas.  Once that is in and cooking, now is the time to add your thickener (flour, cornstarch or what ever you use) .

In the mean time, get you individual casseroles dishes ready.  Spray with Pam and add the mixture to them.  Leave a space on top for the crust.  I make mine from Bisquick using their biscuit recipe and just spread on top of each pie (make the dough a little runny so it spreads easy).  Let them cool down and you can either freeze or cook for your meal.

My in-laws don’t cook much because of their age so I make items of food for their freezer and they can put them in the oven and warm it up.  This is very convenient in case of an emergency.

As always we like to hear your comments and questions.

Preparedness Mom


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4 Responses to Save Money by Using Leftovers

  1. Jeff Gagne says:

    We do the same with a turkey/leftover dinner. We freeze the meat and grazy/jiuces and, later, my wife will make her awesome turkey/chicken and biscuits. We add veggies from the garden to the meat and gravy. As with any meal there are always leftovers. We freeze all leftovers and I bring them to work for lunch. Cost: maybe $2, compared to my coworkers who spend $7-10 every day.

  2. Anon says:

    well, thank you for the recipe/instructions…

    you will no doubt think it is odd, but I have not known how to make chicken pot pie…(I am sure it must be in a recipe book, but apparently I forgot to read it…)…

    that is, I did not know you should cook it separately first, then put it in your pot pie dish.

    thank you. next roast chicken, I will give this a try…!!!

  3. Prepardness Mom says:

    Hey don’t feel bad I still have people asking me questions on how to cook beans. She only opens cans and I am still learning a lot myself. Just keep on trying. Experimenting is fun.
    Preparedness mom

    • Judy says:

      I had to educate somebody the other day. They didn’t know you could get protein from plant foods. When SHTF, there will be those of us who won’t go hungry because we got beans and know how to cook’em

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