Some grocery store deals are just too good to pass up.
Last weekend, when I purchased a 10 pound brisket, (at $9.00 per pound), I found a bin full of large, red bell peppers on sale for 25 cents, each. Red bell peppers usually sell for $1.00 each, or more! Needless to say, I scooped up six of the bell peppers before leaving the store.
I imagine that the bell peppers were at reduced price because their shelf-life was expiring. A few of the peppers had slight wrinkles but, for the most part, they looked very good.
Since I suspected that the peppers were nearing the end of their freshness, I decided to roast them and save them for later use.
Once I pulled the brisket off of the smoker, I laid the peppers on the hot coals. I turned the peppers over, after 15 minutes, and then again, nearly a half hour later. I had forgotten about them while we were eating the brisket.
Once I peeled the charred flesh from the peppers, and discarded the seeds and membranes, I still had a lot of usable smoked peppers.
I rinsed them under cold water and stored them in the refrigerator. I have been using them in all sorts of meals. Nachos, burritos, salads…you name it. Roasted bell peppers are awesome, and, at 25 cents each, it was steal!
In a strange way, I felt justified for buying the $100 brisket because of the incredible savings on the peppers.
And, as for the brisket, we have had 5 meals from it so far, with another 5 pounds left in the refrigerator. Beef is pricey right now, but the secret lies in how it is used.
Top a salad with a few slices of brisket. Top a baked potato with brisket and barbecue sauce. Make a hoagie with a little brisket and lots of sliced vegetables. Add a slice of brisket to an egg breakfast, instead of bacon. In other words, stretch the heck out of the purchase!
Don’t be cheap on yourself or your family. Be smart!