Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Pairing Buy-1-Get-1-Free Meat Packages

Right after my post about beef stew meat, one of our local grocery stores had a sale on chuck roast and chuck steak. I asked Joshua to pick up 4 packages on his way home from work. He came home with 8! So, four are in our freezer. ;)

When I was opening the package of steak to make beef pepper steak for dinner, I remembered a tip my mom taught me for purchasing buy-1-get-1-free packages of meat.

Since meat is sold by the pound, the packages all have varying prices. The store will always give you the cheaper package for free, so try to purchase pairs of packages as close in price as possible.

For example, if you pick up a package that is $8.00 and one that is $6.00, you will get $6.00 off your total. But if you pick up a package that is $7.90 to go along with your $8.00 package, you will get $7.90 off your total, and your meat will be as close to "50% off" as possible! :)

I've used this tip a lot over the years. A dollar or two here and there may not sound like a lot, but it's always worth the extra minute or two it might take to find packages similar in weight/price when there's a buy-1-get-1-free sale! :)

Here is the yummy beef pepepr steak I made for dinner. I served it with brown rice, but really, I think it tastes best with white rice... :)

Beef pepper steak with rice

It had probably been years since I've made (or eaten) my mom's beef pepper steak recipe, and wow! Every bite was sooooo good! The children told me it was one of their favorite meals ever.

And here's the little sweetie who wanted her picture taken after I took the pictures of my plate:

Ruth, with flour on her forehead! We had spent the day making cut-out cookies. Actually, that project took two days. The first day, I made a bunch of cookie dough and we baked a few sheets of cookies. The next day, we cut and baked more cookies. With all my helpers, it was quite the project! I ended up freezing at least half of the dough after the second day, because I just wasn't up for another day of baking cookies. ;)

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Wow, Tammy! That dish looks delicious. I have no clue how to cook steak since I only started eating red meat last year - but I think I could manage that.

My tip this week is a quick one for buttering your griddle without buttering your hands :).

Thanks for hosting!

I love BOGO sales! :-) They are one of the best ways to get great deals.

Today I'm sharing a tip for keeping ice from watering down your drinks.

~Stacy from Stacy Makes Cents

Hi Tammy,

My tip today is" "Top 5 Tips for Making Bread from Scratch"!

Thanks for hosting - I love seeing everyone's tips.


I alway try to do this. Great tip!

The tip I would like to share today is where to buy and how to use and store flax seed, wheat germ, and white whole-wheat flour (dry goods).

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for shortening my topic so well. I was trying to figure out how to make that not so wordy!

love your tip on the bogo meat! here is my tip this week!

Love this bogo idea. can't wait to see the recipe for the pepper steak! gonna check it out after linkng up!

I don't have a kitchen tip today, but I love yours Tammy! Meat is one of the most expensive things we buy, so I'm always looking for ways to cut the cost in any way possible!

tammy--i absolutely love your taste in cooking and recipes!!! i feel like i need to give you some $ for all the recipes i take off your site! had a you like this particular recipe for pepper steak over the crock pot one you have to? i made the crock pot one last week, and i absolutely loved it! is the meat as tender in the recipe you featured today as compared to the crockpot version? thanks!

Well, with the rare exception, we usually prefer stove-top or oven recipes to the crockpot ones (cooking dried beans or making beef stew meat are the two exceptions that come to mind!). So yes, I do prefer my mom's beef pepper steak recipe to the slow cooker recipe.

The beef in this one is very tender (you do have to allow some simmering time, as directed in the recipe), and we like how the vegetables come out -- it's easier to get them the perfect crisp-tender we want.

Plus, I think the crock pot one still dirties as many (or more) dishes and is not completely hands-off.

But, I'm picky. :)

Great tip on the meat prices!!!

Hi there! Would you mind posting your sugar cookie recipe some time? I have one that I use most of the time, but it's not the best. . .

I usually make these Old-Fashioned Cloves Cookies and just add enough flour to be able to roll out the dough (this is mentioned in the recipe as an option). I think if you didn't want any "flavor", you could leave out the cloves and nutmeg and have a plain sugar cookie.
The dough is easy to work with and tastes really good! When we made these last, Joshua made an orange-flavored icing for on them and the orange + spices was a great combo! :D But I like them plain too. :)

Ruth is such a little cutie! She's probably a great helper. How fast they grow!

Oh, thank you Sydney. Yes, so big... so fast! :)

You posted this the day I went to the grocery to find buy-one-get-one on roasts. Unfortunately, our local grocery store was charging an average of 25 dollars for a medium sized roast. Good Heavens... they doubled the price!! And it was cheap-o bottom roasts with tons of fat chunks. Believably, there were many left on the rack unpurchased.
Isn't it frustrating when the raise the price and then "give you a deal"?

Oh, wow! Our chuck roasts were $4.99/lb, so the sale made it about $2.50/lb. I believe Costco was $2.79/lb for the lean beef stew meat, last I checked... but that has been a number of months.

That beef pepper steak recipe sounds so good! I'll have to keep this recipe in mind and try it sometime soon. :)~Tanya - mama to 6 treasures plus one on the way. :)

looks so yummy.....thanks for the tips.....i`ll try it with my mom....

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