Based on East Coast average prices: Egg McMuffin $1.80, Sm.Coffee $.80 = $2.60/day or $13.00/5-day week. Egg McMuffin with sausage/bacon and cheese $2.39, Sm.Coffee $.80 = $3.19/day or $15.95/5-day week. (Combos are a little higher.)You can take the price of the separate ingredients and divide that by the number of items in the package to see you're at home breakfast costs for a more accurate savings.
Within the limitations of the 60s and 70s, I did as much advance preparation as possible to utilize my time more efficiently in the kitchen. Microwave ovens were still a new frontier. Raising a family and running a business made menu-planning essential. I did anything I could to save time and money, and still serve healthy meals. Master mixes lined my shelves, pancake batter was stored in a two-quart pitcher for fast stacks, a month's supply of patties were formed and frozen from my own hamburg mixture
(8 lbs hamburg, 2 lbs beef heart, 3/4 lb calf liver), and eggs were hard-boiled for cream sauces and salads.
Solar Cooking as Kitchenware
If I had known about solar cooking, back then, you had better believe it would have been very much a part of my cooking arsenal. Along with the food processor, blender, grill, microwave, conventional oven, pressure cooker, electric knife, melon-baller, mushroom brush (yes!) and all the other accessories we could get our dainty little culinary hands on, that solar oven would have been solar cooking from morn till night and pulling it's own weight.
Today, it's just as important to find ways of cutting costs. Thanks to solar cooking, we are now able to combine saving money with zero energy usage. A six-part muffin tin and the solar oven will prepare a week of your own English muffin eggs.
- Preheat solar oven to 225F
- Lightly spray muffin tin on bottom and sides (or, use butter/oleo)
- Drop a room temperature egg in each section; flavor to taste
- Remove from oven and let cool. Wrap each egg in plastic wrap and put in a re-usable container in refrigerator.