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Use these shopping tips from the butcher to choose the perfect cut of meat at the grocery store.
Speak to your shop’s butcher. The name of the cut of meat can differ by region, and often varies based on the butcher’s training and the store’s heritage.
The butcher can direct you to the perfect cut of meat for your delicious family meal.
When you buy stewing meat or meat that’s already cubed, choose a package with uniformly sized pieces. This will help ensure that your meat cooks up evenly.
Next time you need a cleaner for your Barbecue grill, put down the brush and pick up a roll of aluminium foil instead.
To clean a gas grill, place foil over the grate and turn the gas up to high for one minute. The reflected heat will turn any baked-on food or spills into a fine ash.
It can be hard to keep your groceries, especially in warm weather. Keep a small cooler in your trunk to help so that you can keep refrigerated and frozen items cool during your ride home.
Can’t decide between fresh and frozen turkey? It comes down to you and your schedule.
If you’re thinking of buying a frozen bird and cooking it the next day, think again. Frozen turkey must be thawed in the refrigerator, and a twenty-pound bird can take up to five days to defrost!
Keeping canned meats on hand makes it easy to whip up a quick snack for yourself – or surprise guests. Try this chicken salad on its own or in pitas!
Quick and Easy Chicken Salad
2 cans Maple Leaf Flaked or Chunk Chicken
2 cups (320 g) seedless grapes, halved (try a mix of red and green grapes!)
1 cup (125 grams) celery, sliced
1 apple, chopped
½ cup (120 ml) mayonnaise
2 Tbsp (30 ml) honey
1 Tbsp (15 ml) Dijon mustard salt and pepper, to taste
Add any of the following if you have them at home – the salad only gets better when you add some of your favourite flavours!
• sliced almonds
• pecan pieces
• dried cranberries
Mix the chicken, grapes, celery and apple in a bowl. Add nuts or cranberries, if you want extra flavour.
In a separate bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, honey and Dijon mustard. Season with salt and pepper, then pour it over the chicken mixture. Stir until the chicken mixture is well coated. Serve on some lettuce or in a pita, and enjoy!
Want a simple meal that will save you money? Pick up some traditional, delicious root vegetables. Simmer them in a slow cooker to take advantage of their wonderful flavours.
Another way to save money is to buy tougher cuts of meat. They are less expensive, and make a tender, delicious meal when slow cooked for a long time.