I'm Doing Without

@Ldyjarhead (10157)
United States
October 6, 2008 11:15am CST
As I was making dinner last night, I realized I used up the last of the butter. I normally have at least one pound in the freezer, but I guess I pulled out and used the last one without realizing it. I hate having to get dressed and go all the way into town for just one or two things, and I'm broke so don't have the money to buy enough to make the trip worthwhile. myLot payment hasn't hit yet so I have no money in PayPal, so can't use the debit card at Aldi's (where butter is much cheaper). I don't know if I can get through the day without any butter at all. What can I cook that won't need any? I can't even make mac n cheese or grilled cheese for lunch without butter! What do you do when you're out of one of the staples in your pantry? What sort of substitutions can you come up with?
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@3cardmonte (5098)
6 Oct 08
do you have tomatoes,and some form of meat? If you do,melt the cheese on toast, put on the tomatoes and cooked meat and you got yourslef some pizza toast!
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I have tomatoes fresh from the garden, but unfortunately I don't like tomatoes! My husband loves them, though.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
6 Oct 08
you can actually luse butter flavored cooking as a substitute for butter or margarine in frying and other things in baking. Here is a website of ingredient substitutes that I find helpful sometimes: http://www.revolutionhealth.com/healthy-living/food-nutrition/recipe-central/ingredient-swap/healthy-ingredient-substitutions?s_kwcid=ContentNetwork|1113914664 Good luck.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Depending on what your making, sometimes an oil can be used and omitting or using less liquids..I have this site that fortunately I have not had to use yet, but it takes what you do have and gives you recipes for meals to make.. http://www.cookingbynumbers.com/ I not only have this in my favorites, I also e-mailed it to my yahoo, no way am I going to loss this site...
@Ithink (10715)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Cool! Thanks for that site, it will come in handy
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• United States
7 Oct 08
I hope you enjoy it..I have been fortunate and had not used it yet, but I looked over it and I love what they do..
@irishidid (8521)
• United States
6 Oct 08
If you are using boxed mac and cheese use 1/2 cup milk. Make your cheese sauce separate from the noodles and let it cook a bit, stirring constantly. I always make it separately even with the butter. It comes out better. Make open faced cheese sandwiches and toast them in the oven.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Yes, I've made cheese toast in the oven and I love it. I hate to heat up the whole oven for just a few slices of bread, though. If I ever get into a place that has a small bit of counter space, I'm going to buy a toaster oven.
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@GardenGerty (96731)
• Marion, Kansas
6 Oct 08
Before I decided to be healthier a few years ago, I would butter the outside, mayo the inside, and cook the lot into one scrumptios fat experience. I like real mayo, this hubby likes Miracle Whip, so if I did not have real mayo it was not good anyway.
@fasttalker (2798)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I hate it when I get something on my mind that I want and don't have the ingrdients. I bet whn you go do your grocery shopping you end up with a freezer full of butter! LOL Or like me you'll get everything you need except butter! LOL I make grilled cheese by putting my bread in the toaster and then adding the cheese and cover with saran wrap for a few minutes until it melts. You wont get the butter taste but it will do in a pinch! Have a good day and DONT FORGET THE BUTTER when you go shopping! LOL
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I usually try to buy a few at a time when I'm at Aldi's or when it is on sale elsewhere, but I only use my PayPal debit card at Aldi's and I didn't have anything to spare. As soon as myLot pays up, I'm using the whole thing for butter!
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Don't you just hate when this happens, I usually end up putting on some clothes and running to the store, I don't like borrowing from my neighbors, thank goodness the grocery store in not that far from where I live. As for being broke I don't believe you are broke you are retired from the military. You are like me I am always saying I am broke. My family tell me I am not broke I am stingy.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
6 Oct 08
What does me retiring from the military have to do with anything? Do you have any idea what my income or expenses are?
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@Margarit (3677)
• Philippines
6 Oct 08
To tell you the truth you still a lot better that many of us. We don't normally use batter for cooking. Instead we use regular oil. I wish i can do stocking in our pantry as much as i would love too but it is not possible. Always short in budget and sideline is not enough to make it. I personally love to cook and what ever we have i im not afraid to try something new either whatever it comes that would be a good meal already.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
6 Oct 08
You're making an awfully big assumption. How can you possibly know what I have or don't have?
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Don't you just hate when that happens? If I run out of something I REALLY need then I'll either ask a neighbor to borrow it (stick of butter, sugar, etc.) If they don't have it then I'll run out to get whatever it is I need. If you're out of butter you can always use cooking spray or even a little olive oil to put in the pan for grilled cheese. Otherwise, peanut butter and jelly or hotdogs will have to do for lunch.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
6 Oct 08
No, can't go to the neighbors either. I may have to suck it up and go into the little town and pay whatever they're asking for butter, or at least maybe a small tub of cheap stuff to have on hand.
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
10 Oct 08
Well, for being with out butter. You still can make Mac N cheese. Just use a little more milk then you normally would use and a touch of olive oil if you have some of that. For grilled cheeese that is a little different. My son srayed the fry pan with pam and it worked. But it didn't taste the same. Not as fattening that is what he said. If having a sandwich then dressing. Your friend onlydia. I just look around the kitchen. and have a good old time trying. Have a nice day.
7 Oct 08
Hi Ldyjarhead, If I run out of butter, I just use peanut butter and toast, other wise I find some else to eat. Or I will fry an egg and put it on a toast. Tamara
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@bunnybon7 (35532)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
a little oil for cooking,frying? or just salt. sometimes mayoinaise helps
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@dragon54u (31604)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I use applesauce in place of butter or margarine unless I'm frying something, then I use pan spray. I made some great Chex Mix last night that I used butter-flavored pan spray on instead of margarine or butter and it's great!! Especially considering the calories and fat I saved. I always have extra in the freezer. Always have a backup! If you can't afford to put aside a whole box of butter or margarine, put aside one stick or a plastic container with a day or two's worth. These days especially, it pays to stock up when you can. Worse days are ahead, I do believe.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
6 Oct 08
i try to keep well stocked so i can cook whatever whenever but we allrun out of things but i try not to. i can't think of any substitutions for butter.
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@capirani (1841)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I cook all the time without butter or margarine. There are only a small few things I make that require it and I have even done without it for some things that do need it. About the only things I would need the butter for would be grilled cheese, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, or baked/boiled potatoes mashed on the plate. Also those potato dish box mixes that call for butter or margarine. But I don't use those much. Over the years I have cut out the amount of butter/margarine and oils I use so I just don't need it much anymore. Since I don't know what you do have on hand, I can't help you figure out what to cook. But I suppose if you really want grilled cheese sandwiches and since I always use margarine instead of butter, and margarine is made from vegetable oil, I would suggest putting just a little oil in the skillet and making the sandwich as usual but without the butter. Let the oil work to brown the bread. No guarantees on the taste though. Maybe experiment a little and put some favorite spices into the oil first to fry a bit to flavor the oil...a little oregano maybe for an Italian flavor. One of my favorite substitutions is to use powdered coffee creamer instead of milk in things like mashed potatoes, gravy, mac n cheese box mixes, and other potato box mixes that call for milk. I can't tell the difference. Just don't use the kinds that have the odd flavor such as Cremora. They don't taste like milk or cream and will give the foods an odd flavor.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I don't use coffee creamer or powdered milk, so that's out for me. Good idea, though. I don't have much of anything on hand is the problem. I just took a pack of hot dogs out of the freezer, but I don't think I have any buns. I'll probably fry one up and slap on a piece of bread with relish for lunch. There's still dinner to think about, though. I best go look and see what I can scrounge up.
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@capirani (1841)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I don't use creamer for anything except as a milk substitute since I can't drink coffee or tea anymore. I very rarely buy hot dog or hamburger buns. So if I want sandwiches I have to use regular bread. Lots of times I just eat them by dipping them in mustard or catsup without bread at all. It's no fun trying to come up with ideas for something to make when you are out of one or more items needed to make everything you can think of, is it? I have had that happen too many times.
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I am right there with you. I am so broke right now it is not even funny. Thank God I just got my myLot payment a few hours ago. I am headed off to Aldi as a matter of fact to get butter. Isn't that a big coincidence? Anyways, you can make spaghetti with some jarred spaghetti sauce. No need for butter there. And you can make a chicken salad or tuna salad sandwich and spread mayonnaise on the bread. Or you can make Top Ramen noodles. There you go - 3 cheap meals that will fill you up and you don't need any butter! Hope that helps. I know times are tough nowadays and we are tightening our belts even tighter! Have a nice day and happy myLotting!!!
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
10 Oct 08
Ohmy, a woman after my own heart. I use my earnings from myLot at Aldi's too!
@GardenGerty (96731)
• Marion, Kansas
6 Oct 08
My hubby, who used to do quite a bit of grill cooking, even at a Navy Exchange, says that if you have Mayo, spread it on your bread to grill for grill cheese, and it tastes really pretty good. If you have a potato, and Italian dressing, you fan cut the potato, pour the dressing over it, cover it with plastic and microwave it, and it tastes really good, sprinkle on cheese.(saw that on a cooking show.) I ran out of butter last week, but had to be at one of the towns where there is an Aldi's, with about $5.00 in pocket, so I got two pounds of butter. I ran out cause hubby used a full stick to make shrimp scampi, then I tried a new brownie recipe that called for two sticks. I usually have it stashed in the freezer, too.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Tom says he always made his grilled cheese with mayo on the inside and I told him I thought that was illegal. You can't have grilled cheese without butter! LOL ... ok, I may go try it, just because you said so.
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@irishmist (3820)
• United States
10 Oct 08
Ya it's a bummer when things like this happen. I just try to use whatever I have on hand to make a meal work, and I have come across this many tines at my job, as I am a cook there, and let me tell you it's hard, wspecially when I'm cooking gor at least 16 people.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
9 Oct 08
I have no idea what you could possibly use in place of butter to cook with. I know what you mean about being broke and you wouldn't want to make a trip out to the store just for one thing... gasoline costs too much! I hope you found something that you could make without it. I guess you could always have a PB&J sandwich! LoL! YUM
• United States
8 Oct 08
Usually, I skip making that dish. Butter is an essential. So it's hard to find dishes that don't require it.
• United States
7 Oct 08
You can cook up a hot soup. That requires no butter, and as it is soon to be winter, and getting nippy outside, soup will warm your tummy.