Frugal Tip Friday: Don’t Waste It

My cooking skills have improved dramatically over the years but I’m by no means an Iron Chef. I can create simple dishes that taste good most of the time but I still have some failures from time to time.

Simple tips for frugal living.

Since changing my eating habits over the last eight months or so, I often find myself cooking with ingredients I’m not as familiar with. Sometimes I feel like I’m having to re-learn how to cook.

This week I had two failures. One was waffles/pancakes. The batter was too thin for waffles and ran out of the waffle maker and all over the counter. I tried to make pancakes with the batter that was left and ended up burning most of them. *sigh*  It happens and it wasn’t that big of a deal because the ingredients were inexpensive.

healthy waffles fail

However, the second failure was a pan of brownies I made with almond flour. I baked them too long and they turned out dense and dry. Y’all, almond flour isn’t cheap!  I really didn’t want to waste that entire pan of brownies.

And so I didn’t.

I put the pan of brownies in the fridge intending to use them in a trifle but I never got the chance.

My husband and kids crumbled up the brownies and mixed them with their vanilla yogurt. I mixed some in my peanut butter whip one day and enjoyed them crumbled up with a little cream or almond milk poured on top other days.

My initial reaction to over-baking the brownies was to toss them but I’m so glad I didn’t. My desire to not be wasteful allowed us to enjoy a special treat this week.

Like the pancakes, not all mistakes can be salvaged. However, before throwing something out, consider whether or not it can be repurposed.

Have you ever salvaged a cooking mishap?



Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.