Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Will work for food

I’ve become quite the dork lately about freezing food…

I made homemade spaghetti sauce and froze it.
I’ve bought bunches upon bunches of broccoli (2 for $.99), it’s been steamed and frozen.

Green beans are ready to be snapped and steamed… and frozen. I picked up a 2 pound bag for $.49 the other day. I believe that was a gift from God.

This weekend will be Salsa, applesauce, and probably more spaghetti sauce.

I would love to can, however, I don’t have all the equipment to do it, so freezing is my way to go for now. I’ll be watching for clearance canning goods.

I’ve noticed a lot of things, one being that freezer bags are SO expensive. And the Ziploc bags are twice as much as the no brand ones. And I’ve purchased them both. And the Ziploc bags are no better than the cheap ones. They are just more expensive.

I don’t know if you shop at the big chain stores, in our area it’s Kroger and Meijer. I do, for some things, but I go to Aldi’s and Savealot for most of the essentials because it’s ridiculous how much Meijer and Kroger have to charge for a name brand (even their own name brand). The real deal at Kroger is cheese.

I will tell you that from onions to ice cream Aldi’s (and Savealot) food quality is just as good, if not better than the M&K. The prices are sometimes half as much! Yes! Sometimes it’s twenty cents but sometimes, it’s a dollar.

I am single mom so I’ve always had to be frugal when it comes to groceries. I feed a lot more than the two of us. There’s not much meat in our fridge that doesn’t have a yellow/orange sticker that is a lot less than the regular price (the biggest exception to that is frozen chicken). I like to do fun things, I like to not fret over gas money, and I do like to hit Panera every so often, and if I don’t shop at A & S, and can, and garden, I’d be in a different financial position that I am in. And my financial position isn’t stellar, but thank You Jesus, we’re not starving!

Gen 1:25 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.


Trish said...

I shop at Aldi's and Save Alot too,
Aldi even has a double your money back guarantee if you're not satisfied. Never had to take anything back though because as you say most things are even better than the bigger stores.
You go girl!

Becky said...

you shop my language!! i've been shopping savealotfor years! they are even cheaper than aldi on some of the stuff i buy!!
much love!

Mrs. Mac said...

I hear you on the cost of freezer bags (especially the vacuum seal type (Food Saver). For these I just buck up and pay for a huge bulk box from Costco. My thought is that since we live so far out in the sticks, It's cheaper to freeze bulk and more convenient than running/using gas to drive to the store. Also, the store brand is a better deal for regular storage bags. If you want a less expensive rout for the vacuum seal bags, try the Reynolds bags that you attach the cheap little hand held gizmo to the bag. These work great and if you need to take something out of the bag, you can reseal the vacuum quite easily. I buy the gigantic bags of Tillamook cheddar & mozzarella shredded cheese from Costco. Wrap it in plastic wrap in two cup portions ... then stick these portions inside a thick (non vacuum) freezer bag. So much cheaper ... and it will last for months in the deep freeze that way. I'm so impressed that you grew celery !!!