My husband has well and truly destroyed my 12 inch skillet. For the third time he has left it on the burner without turning it off after taking the food out and the surface is now completely destroyed. It won't clean and it is completely roughed up. I don't feel safe cooking on it as it feels and looks like it has ruptured the non-stick ceramic coating. It was such a good pan before this, too.
The 12 inch skillet is my most used pan, because I can cook enough in it for the four of us as either a meat dish or a side dish, so I went on Amazon to see what pans I liked and what was not made in China. I settled on one made in Italy and the USA. It has really good reviews as far as Amazon goes. I am just going to replace the one skillet for now and if I like it I will save up for the set of 3 sizes. We use the 12 inch a lot and there have been plenty of times I have wished to have two of that size going side by side, like when I am cooking pork chops and I'd like to be frying potatoes next to them.
The problem arises in that I have budgeted everything out for the foreseable future and obviously I'd have to make a change. So I took a look at the upcoming budget for Friday and while there were some things I could push off, if I could get it to three weeks and make do with my ten inch skillets for the next month, because Amazon Prime is no longer Prime and it takes a week to deliver not one to two days, that would be okay, but the 3rd of February was a no go as far as changing the budget. That one was set. If I didn't change the 20th of January, I would have to wait until the February 17th budget to order a new 12 inch skillet and wouldn't get it until the 24th of February, putting it at almost 6 weeks from now.
So I came back to the 1/20/23 Budget and decided there are a lot of things that I am just setting the money aside early for next payday, like license plate tab renewals for both vehicles for May, fishing licenses, and property taxes (for March).
Plus I am putting $200 in the Gift Fund, but that was because it is my Birthday next month, followed by DS's birthday in early March and MIL's birthday in late March. DS always wants his money early so he can order what he wants to arrive by his birthday, so having it ready early is helpful, because he often orders stuff from either England or Japan. So I could have postponed myself, but I already did that at Christmas and I don't feel like doing that again. After March there are no birthdays until August, when there are two, well, three, but mom never wants anything so I just give her a small potted mum that she plants in the yard. I only have to worry about $310 for that and then the rest of the gift fund goes for Christmas.
After I went over everything, I decided to push off the fishing licenses until the 2/17/23 Budget since the season won't open until spring anyway, and I will buy the skillet with that. I budgeted for two licenses at $128.20 and the frying pan is $109.00. It's more than enough to cover the sales tax and at least with prime I still get free shipping even though it still takes a week to get here. So yes, I can do it. I am glad I could wiggle this into the budget, because I really did not want to wait. I would have, but it would have been irritating.
In the past year I just would have bought it and figured out how to pay it when the Citi bill came in, but this year I am trying to make a more conscious effort to not do that. Can't guarantee that my husband won't, but I did talk to him about it and he's going to try. We'll see how long it lasts, and if he can stop destroying my kitchen things.
Speaking of kitchen things, we used our Burger Master 8 in 1 Burger Press for making 1/4 pound hamburger patties yesterday. We ordered it a while ago and it only recently came. We still have so much ground beef left from our steer and figure this will be a great way to use it up, because not only can we use it for making burgers, but also for hamburger steaks with onion gravy. I did fill it a bit too full, but it still worked. It just took a little more force to break the burgers apart from each other. They do lose the hexagonal shape when cooking to become more round. We did weigh them once they were frozen and they were 4.3 to 4.6 ounces, so definitely overfilled them, because they looked too small to be quarter pound burgers, but that is because they are taller and not as pushed down as store bought patties or McDonald's patties.
Anyway, I am really going to like having this. Our Costco hasn't been carrying the sleeves of grass fed hamburger patties and neither have our grocery stores been carrying the smaller sleeves of it. We can make the patties in advance and I can divide them up into baggies of six patties, which is what we eat, 2 each for the guys, and 1 each for the girls. Then 2 go into a seperate baggy each time we make them until there is enough for six. I am going to work on going through a bunch of the packages of meat, but not all of it, just to get these so we can eat them more quickly. I plan on buying a new steer this summer.
We also have had the 10 in 1 for making sliders for a while, because it wasn't on back order. It is the perfect size for making sausage patties. Since Costo hasn't had the precooked sausage patties for 3 months now, I've decided to make my own, since we have all that sausage from our hog. I am going to add in some paprika to kick it up a notch and maybe some sage and ground fennel seeds. It is pretty bland for breakfast sausage. Since I will be the only one eating the sausage this way, I can do what I want to it. Right now, it is about the same level of heat as mild Italian sausage, if that tells you anything.
It is much easier for me to cook ground meat patties from frozen. I never know when to turn thawed patties over, I always do it too soon, and the meat falls apart. At least with frozen, I know that if I flip it too soon, it won't fall apart. Once I have them nice and browned and cooked through, I can freeze them again and just warm them up in the microwave as needed. It makes my mornings so much simpler. So those were very good purchases I made last year, that I didn't, but should have budgeted for.