Week of Apr 7th.

This week’s sales, and just for my artist friends, Michaels is having a great sale on supplies.   Well, likely for everyone but my artistic types will appreciate it.

Michaels art store; 3 for 1 on Artist’s Loft wrapped canvas, levels 1-3;  Strathmore 300 series paper pads,  excludes pkgs of 3. 60% off frames. 50% off shadow boxes and display cases. 50% off easels and colour pencils.

No Frills: lean ground beef family pack $2.44/lb. (Save 2.08), Sweet Source pure cane sugar $1.97/2kg,  Nestle Pure Life water 24 500 ml bottles $1.88 (save 2.09), Lactancia butter $2.97/lb (save 2.80), fresh chicken legs,  back attached $1.77/lb. Silent ricotta 300g or mozzarella ball 260g $1.97, Clark beans 398ml $.67.

Giant Tiger 1 lb chocolate bunny $1.99. Nature Vally granola bars $1.63/8 bars. (Save 1.64) limit of 5.  Primo pasta (WHEAT) $.50/ 454g,  no limit posted. Europe’s Best frozen berries $2.99/6 00 (2.00 off ).

Spring must be here, and food sales

There is a flock of cold weather sleepy ladybugs in my office, and a freezing rain outside.  My weather is weird.

No Frills: has frozen chicken breasts $1.97/lb ($4.32/kg), and potatoes 10lbs/ $1.77. Bartlett or Bosc pears .97/lb.  And it’s No Name week so most yellow No Name stuff is marked down a little.

Metro:  Whole chickens $3.39/lb buy one get one free… so… $1.70/lb.   Cashmere toilet paper 16 rolls $2.99. Kraft Singles or Cheez Whiz $2.94/ 500G, Summer Fresh Grain Salads $1.74/ 150-200G, 1/2 price.

Superstore:  Boneless blade pot roast (jerky anyone?) $2.48/lb (save $3), Sweet Source granulated suger (made from cane, not GMO beets) $1.78/2Kg, limit 6. 

More tomorrow.

Sales this week March 14-20

No Frills:  Seasoned BLSL chicken breast $1.88/lb, Real Canadian Natural Spring Water 24 x 500 mL /$1.97, Tetley Orange Pekoe Tea 144′s /$4.97 (save $3.02), Sunlight Laundry Detergent 6.8-7.19kg/4.43L selected varieties / $9.97 (save $7), no name® Lasagna (WHEAT) 2.27 kg frozen, Club Pack® /$5.88 (save $3.09)

Metro: Gala apples .99/lb, onions 2lbs/ .99, Catelli Smart, Healthy Harvest or Bistro Pasta 99¢ ea. 300 – 375 g, Sealtest White Milk $3.97 ea. 1%, 2% or SKIM, 4 L

Experimenting with Amazon

I signed up for Amazon.ca associates, selling books through links on my blog a year ago.  Then promptly forgot to ever link to any.  D’oh!

I got my tax receipt this week, and sadly, all of those zeroes had no numbers in front of them.  It was not millions, it was just zero.  lol

So today I am trying to link to a few books that I feel are relevant, and really belong in every well prepared kitchen.  These are books I own, or wish I owned.  I’ll put a little review with the ones I own.  If there’ no review, it would be a great birthday gift….

Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today I have several incarnations of this book, they publish a new one every few years.  It contains the basic instructions for BWB and pressure canning, as well as both simple and more elaborate recipes for jams, chutneys, and pickles.

Put ‘em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and PicklingPut’ em up!  This book also contains drying and freezing instructions.  Yummy recipes and almost everything you need to know to preserve your garden.

<a href="All American 921 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner“>A pressure canner, Gods’ gift to those who wish to become more self reliant about their food.  This is the one I have and it’s great.  I can do up to a dozen 500ml jars at a time.

More links when I see how this works!  And after I go through my vast collection of cookbooks.

Observations and notes

I have read recently that most white,  processed sugar is made from GMO sugar beets.  And we all know that everything is made with sugar. 
So my new favourite brand is Sweet Source.   Pure (if over processed) cane sugar.  They also  make raw sugar and brown sugar.
Did you know that most table salt is made with sugar? Because it cuts the salty taste.   And you use more.

Sales prices and bone broth

A few weeks ago I was channel surfing and happened upon a cooking show.  It was one of “known” chefs, Rachel Ray, or Jamie Oliver, or that blond bastard… I don’t remember.  What I do remember was that they were making chicken stock as an ingredient for  a risotto type dish.  From boneless skinless chicken breasts, fresh carrots, celery and onions.  And BOUILLON! 

Then they said to strain the broth and throw everything solid in the garbage.  The broth should be clear.  WHAT?!  I didn’t bother watching the rest of the show, they were clearly idiots.

I love bone broth, or as my grandmother used to call it; broth.  See, it wasn’t that long ago that people were more cautious with their money, and their food.  Nothing was thrown away.  Unlike the fancy chefs of today, my grandmother would never have tried to make stock from chicken breasts, fresh veggies and bouillon cubes!  Nor would she have even considered throwing the solids away after boiling the broth.

The bones add calcium and agar to your broth, very very good for you.  The breasts add… well, something.  Not flavour, not calcium.

Every bone and meat scrap went into a bag in the freezer.  Veggie peels, onion skins, celery leaves… all went into another bag.  And when they were full, we made stock.

Now, I make about 80% of my own stock. (I occasionally buy beef stock or the cream stuff)  I use bones and meat scraps, sometimes from a single animal, like chickens, sometimes a mix.  Depends on what we’re eating and what I want it for.  I just don’t understand paying $2.50-$4 for a litre of chemicalized broth when you can make 4 litres for FREE from scraps!

I don’t usually use veggie scraps, those are composted and end up in the garden.  But I use broth in everything.  I make one or two pots a week, and just freeze 2 cup portions in bags.  They are flat, take up little room in the freezer and I always know how much I have.

Instructions:  Collect meat scraps and bones for 2-3 days, keep in the fridge or freezer.

Put all your bones and scraps (including veggies if adding them) into a big pot.  Add 4-5 litres of water and boil.  For hours.  Like… 6 hours.  Add more water if needed.  It should end up between 2 and 4 litres, cloudy, brown or golden coloured, and smell delicious!

Cool, package and freeze.  Or pressure can.  NOTE: this can NOT be Water Bath canned.

That’s it.  Broth.  Massively cheaper, better tasting and more nutritious than store bought. And none of the animal is wasted.  Food from scraps, how magical is that? 

Hm, I should check the broth I have on the stove….  it’s a mixed batch, chicken and BBQ rib bones.  Should be lovely in a risotto type dish.  ;-)

Sales this week are sparse.  But here goes:

Giant Tiger has Iogo yogurt for $2.  Eith 4 lunch sized or one family size.

No Frills has Palmolive dish soap 1.1 litres for $2.  No Name canned veggies 3/ $2, Unico tomato paste 5/$2, Beatrice sour cream 500ml/ $1, Clic chickpeas or kidney beans 796ml/ $1, family size Astro yogurt $2, and Red Rose tea $2/ 72 bags.

Weekly sales, and Friday #gladitudes

Friday ‪#‎gladitude‬… late…
A GF restaurant that makes cupcakes!
My dying kitty still being cuddly and purring. Not too sad, she’s very old, and frail, but may outlive us all. I’ve been prepared to lose her any minute for over a year.
Old friends popping by out of nowhere, and guess what? They just got into the same shit you’ve gotten into since you last saw them!  (permaculture, nothing illegal)
Foggy mornings where the fog freezes to the tree branches making a world of carved crystal.
My editor having only 3 comments on my novel, one of which was…”more?”



No Frills:  Grace canned coconut milk 400ml/ $1, NN frozen peas or corn 750g/ $1, Beatrice sour cream 500ml/ $1, Maple Leaf flakes of ham 156g/ $1, Del Monte canned fruit 398ml/ $1, Pork 1/2 loin, seasoned $1/lb, WHEAT all purpose flour 2kg/ $1, Empire Apples $1/kg

Giant Tiger: Campbell’s condensed soup $.50 each (limit 6), Quaker 1-minute oatmeal $2.50/ kg, Carver’ Choice bacon $2/ 375g, Giant Value canned tomatoes 796ml/ $.88, Pampers Baby Dry diaper, sizes 1-6, 65-112/ pack $19.97