We have this thing. Every time we make a ham we always be sure to save the hock & use our food saver to freeze it. Then when we are ready we thaw it for a day & then make Split Pea soup in the slow cooker. It’s so easy & a great way to be sure we are not wasting any food. Since we already had the ham for another meal & most of the ingredients we keep on hand at all times, the only thing it really costs us is the bag of split peas which is less than $1. It’s great because we eat this for a couple days, then we bust out the food saver again & freeze the rest. It works out great because the frozen amount is just perfect for when we want to do soup & sandwiches for a quick & easy dinner. So really- we are able to stretch a $15 ham into at least 6 meals for our family of 5 when you count the initial meal, a dinner of leftovers & the random ham sandwich along with the soup for 2 days & then the leftovers. Not too bad. Like I mentioned before- this year I will be all about how I can stretch my dollar at the store & learning to get more creative with our meals. This is a great way to do that.