Okay, so one thing that I did was to make a new batch of my “Meal-Starter.” For those of you who do not know, every few months I make a large batch of stuff that I use to start my evening meals.
This stuff is essentially: beef, mixed vegetables, chilli, and potatoes, all mixed together and seasoned with taco seasoning for flavour and kick.
I cook up a large batch in one stock pot and let it sit a day (for the flavours to mix).
Then I weigh out one pound portions into plastic bags (just regular sandwich Ziploc bags). After squeezing the air out of the Ziploc bags I stack them flat.
Then into the freezer they go, and it is important to lay them flat in the freezer as they freeze. Once they are frozen then you can stack them vertically or in any way you want, as they will be like frozen shingles.
I take one bag at a time out of the freezer, rip the bag off of it (while still frozen) and then put it into a plastic container in the fridge. I can break it up into chunks, if needed.
Then, when I want to add some substance to a meal, I just pull this out of the fridge and add what I want.
As far as the furnace went, it was nice to be able to use it. I still just turned it on to get the trailer up to temperature, but then turned it off once it got to temperature.
Then I waited for an hour or so, and only turned it on when I felt chilly. This way I tried to reduce the amount of propane that I used.
All in all, it was a good weekend, and while making a batch of this stuff, blows my grocery budget this time, it does help me save money over the next few months.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!