Using a Meat Slicer to Save Money on Meat

by GettingFreedom on January 17, 2012


Many families are trying especially hard this year to get their grocery budget under control.  I know for our family, meat expenses tend to be the biggest portion of our grocery budget {with fresh produce and dairy close behind}.  I’ve mentioned that using a meat grinder can help you cut your meat costs, but that’s not the only way!

In addition to using a meat grinder and these 7 tricks to save money on meat–you should also know that a meat slicer can save you, as well.

Cut your Meat Expenses with a Meat Slicer

I never really gave much thought to meat slicers, until I began paying attention to the cost of lunch meat, and the quality of what I was paying for. I don’t even want to begin to think of what is in them.  It was then that I realized that I could make my own quality lunch meat at home, for a fraction of the cost!


Alpha's cold meat platter - photo by Julia

Consider this example::

Around Thanksgiving, it isn’t uncommon to find whole turkeys for right around 98¢ a pound.  You decide to cash in on the deal, and you buy a couple.  After the holiday madness subsides–cook them up, slice on your meat slicer and use for lunch meat.  You can freeze the sliced lunch meat and use at a later date.

This works for all sorts of meat, obviously.  To maximize your savings, stock up when there is a sale.

Not only does it make for frugal lunch meat–it makes jerky making a snap!

Not Just for Meats!

But it doesn’t have to stop there!  Think of cheeses.  You can buy in bulk {or not}, and slice your own cheeses for deli trays and appetizers for a fraction of the cost!  All exactly as you want them.

Most meat slicers will also slice various vegetables such as onions, carrots, cabbage {great for coleslaw or homemade egg rolls}, or for evenly sliced potatoes.


Meat Slicers Aren’t That Expensive

I always had it in my mind that purchasing a meat slicer was never for the frugal kitchen.  But I couldn’t have been any farther from the truth.  Truth is that you can get a quality meat slicer for around $50-$60 and going up from there.  When you factor in the amount of money you could save in your kitchen–I’d say it’s a good investment!  I know we’ve put ours to good use. :)


How do you put your meat slicer to work?





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