Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TIGHTWAD TUESDAY - Dinner for only 25 cents!

My latest bargain shopping find was Sweet Potatoes for only 19¢ a pound. Not as good as last year's 10¢ a pound, but still a fantastic bargain! They were all medium to large in size (some as much as 2 pounds) and looked really fresh. As you can guess, I really stocked up.Good thing, too, because when I went back, they had raised the price back up to 29¢ a pound. It must have been a stock reduction sale. I hate it when they do that, though. I figure, if they are making money off of it at the lower price, it just isn't right to jump the price up higher because the stock is running low, or because people have had time to try it and and see how good they are. For the most part, I love that store, but I hate that part about them. I have lost count as to how many times they have drastically raised the price of an item as their stock begins to dwindle or when word of mouth spreads as to how good something is and interest picks up.

Okay, so back to the sweet potatoes. I LOVE a good, baked sweet potato for dinner. I can make a whole meal off of a sweet potato (and often do). So, needless to say, I have been thoroughly enjoying sweet potatoes for dinner a lot lately. And they are so easy to fix.

Since I heat my home with a wood stove, it doesn't take any extra energy (or cost) to cook my sweet potatoes in the wood stove. And let me tell you, you just can't beat the flavor of them cooked that way, either! I make sure the fire and coals are pushed to the back and a little to one side. At least leave some space where no coals are touching. Then, in the empty space (I like to use the corner, up against the hot cast iron, just inside the door) I put my sweet potato and close the door.  Every 20 to 30 minutes I give the potato a little turn. Depending upon how hot your fire and wood box is, and the size of your sweet potato, it could take anywhere from an hour to 2 hours or so to bake your sweet potato. I used a sweet potato that was about 12 ounces.

When removing the sweet potato from the wood stove, be very careful as it is extremely hot! BBQ tongs work great. Once done, I take it out, place on a plate, split open down the middle and give a little inward push to each end to really open the potato up. I top it off with big slices of pure butter (also purchased on a recent bargain find.... $1.49 a pound, but this, too, will be even less once we have our own milk-producing cow), and a generous sprinkle of Morena sugar (natural evaporated cane juice).  Sometimes I also add a small dash of True Cinnamon. And there you have it..... a most delicious dinner for only 25¢!!!

Yes, the peeling gets a little charred and I don't eat that part. But don't worry, it doesn't get wasted. I tear it into small pieces for sharing sake and my dogs eagerly gobble it up, thinking I have given them a really special treat. 

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