BY KENDRA ELROD MARQUIS.
When it comes to saving money smart shopping is key, be it at home or on the truck. But the additional challenge, when on the truck, comes with finding a truck friendly place to do the shopping that you can also save money!!
One place that many overlook is Dollar Tree!!! Hubby loves shopping at these cause price is predictable and easy to budget!!
Most all Dollar Tree's have a canned goods and dry goods section, but did you know that more and more of them have a refrigerated and frozen section as well?? While it is limited, we get chicken thighs, breakfast steaks, polish sausages, frozen veggies and frozen fruits, cheeses, milk, bread, and some single serving prepared meals there, as well as stock up on the canned goods (I love getting the canned beets, three bean salad and canned artichoke hearts there!!) and the boxed goods like pastas, rice. side dish envelopes, and cereals. As I love green tea, I can also get a box of 100 green tea bags for making my own iced green tea!!
We have found that a lot of the Dollar Trees are located in strip malls near Wal Marts, so it is easy to get to them. You can go into Google Maps and have it search for them based on your location, or access the store locator at this link...
Where do you find you can get your best bargains to cook on the truck??
Walmart Store Locators
Walmart's local managers are the ones who decide whether they are allowing truck parking or not. If you are not familiar in a town and/or have never been there before you can always call the store and ask them if you are allowed to park there so you won't get into trouble while trying to shop!
CLICK HERE TO FIND WALMARTS THAT ALLOW TRUCK PARKING - YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO ANOTHER WEBSITE!
Recipe by Kendra Elrod Marquis.
Have you been craving Teriyaki Chicken, or a good Teriyaki beef?? But all you have is soy sauce???
Put your meat in a zip lock bag, pour in about 1/8 of a cup of sugar, a dash of garlic, and 1/8 to 1/4 cup soy sauce (do not add salt, soy sauce has enough). Be sure to refrigerate while marinading.
Works great for a marinade, a little thin to use as a sauce for eating, but you can thicken it with corn starch (do not use for eating after using for a marinade).
I have used this for chicken one marinade, then for beef the second marinade. I do not use it for more than two marinades.
Guess what's for lunch for me today!!!
Tip and picture by Tina Hodge.
Of course we've all seen the posts on Facebook on how to stock up meals for a month in your freezer at home but how do you do that if you are a trucker? Or maybe you are married to a trucker and you would like to send him on his way with food so all he has to do is heat it up and eat while he is out on the road for a while.
This is what Tina did:
The meats are precooked. Then you just add in some individual servings of frozen veggies his fav or potatoe fries or steamer potatoes all in the bag. All he has to do is open season n heat. I also write out a lil instruction on front of ziploc if there is a non-perishable item sent with supplies like easy mac or something that doesnt need refridgerated.
If you have the possibility it would be even better to vacuum seal the food so it will last longer. Of course you will need a fridge or cooler. The bags will last longer vacuum sealed in a freezer or fridge but this is a great way to save on meals and make it easy on the road.
You can even do this when you are a solo or team driver. Make a menu for the week for instance but make dishes using many of the same ingredients for instance chicken for meat but you could make pasta one day, with potatoes the next etc. but you could buy a big pack and split it up. The possibilities are endless.
Tip and picture from Rhonda Hampton.
Then how about putting it inside pita bread? Great for lunch or less carbs than eating it with mashed taters!
Tip and pictures by Tracy Greene
So while we were doing our reset I pulled out the ninja and cooked up a storm. I made hamburgers and burritos then cooked some brats. Sealed them in the ziplock vacuum bags and put them in the freezer. We have enough now for at least all week. Yummm. Do yourself a favor. If you don't have a BBQ in your truck buy some smoked sea salt. It made a world of difference in the burgers. I also add the Montreal seasoning.