Dragon Boat Festival means good prices on Asian ingredients

It’s been awhile since anybody had a decent sale, but No Frills has some interesting tidbits this week (until May 28th)
fresh whole chicken $1.97/lb
Rooster Brand jasmine rice $10.88/ 8kg (17.5lb)
Rooster Brand coconut milk $.88/ 398ml
FOCO coconut juice $.98/ 520ml
Rooster Brand sweetened condensed milk $1.88/300ml
Huy Fung Sriracha sauce $2.88/ 740ml
Colossal raw shrimp 16-20 count, frozen $7.88/300g
Seaquest seafood medley $3.97/ 340g
fresh asparagus $1.97/lb
russet potatoes or cooking onions $1.97/ 10lb
Gold Seal pink salmon $2.47/ 418g

Now, most of this will need putting up before long term storage is possible, but the possibilities for home-made heat-and-serve soup is mindboggling.

No Frills storage sales

For the first time in ages, there’s a sale worth going to.
No frills has their $1, $2, $3 sale on.

$1
18 bottles Real Canadian  water
340g bag of baby cut carrots 
640g catelli pasta sauce
375g healthy harvest, smart, or bistro pasta
Cafe Cino espresso 250g
455g kraft bbq sauce
No Name pickle 1 liter
225g French’s mustard
3lbs yellow onions
Duncan Heinz cake mix or frosting (good for emergencies )
25′ aluminum foil  Alcan
30m Glad cling wrap
5lb russet potatoes
1kg no name apples

$2
Cheemo perogies  (frozen ) 815-907g
Nestle chocolate bars 3/$2
295ml Minute Maid fruit punch  4/$2
Boneless pork loin $2/lb
Chicken wings  $2/lb

Most of this needs freezing, but at these prices it’s worth looking into freezer meals.  Where you spend one afternoon filling baggies with meat, veggies, and sauce, then freeze them.  You get healthy crockpot meals for a few weeks for a days work.

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And don’t forget to save the chicken bones for broth.

To publish or not to publish

A cookbook, that is….

As most of you know, I spent years learning to make most things from scratch due to a collapsed immune system and wheat allergies.  You would not believe what has wheat in it, that has absolutely no need for it!

So I make my own spice mixes, because I was not giving up my Asian food.  Or Indian food.  Or Mexican food.  Or…. well, you get the idea.

A lot of my friends and family were asking for bottles of my spices as presents, so I figured… why not sell them?  Not sell them their own birthday present, of course, but at flea markets, craft fairs, etc.

I found out why not; no-one wants to pay a premium for something hand-made, clean, pure, etc… when they can get the No-Name shit from China for 1/3 the price.  Except at festivals, I sell best at pagany events, where clean eating, no fillers/ preservatives, and knowing what’s in your food is considering a priority.

I currently have about $2000 in raw materials upstairs, or about $6000 in finished goods.  I’ve eaten some, gave some to my niece, and am probably giving more in gift baskets to charities to auction off.

I will likely still sell at festivals and stuff, but only the ones I’m going to anyway.  I lost too much money this year.  So… what to do, since I’ve been denied disability, even though the government agrees I’m disabled.  I can’t work, one day on my feet knocks me out for 3 days.

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When I asked the question “What do I do now?” of the Facebook hivemind, one answer was to write a cookbook, sell my recipes, not the spices.

So, I’m curious; is anyone interested in a cookbook with recipes for the spices, and recipes for each spice for the slow-cooker? (which is how I usually use it, I love my slow-cooker); would you rather I find a way to sell through this blog? (I tried Etsy, but 2 sales in 2 years is not encouraging).

How about Amazon.ca?  Amazon.com? Email only? Facebook store?

What about instant meals in jars?  (lentils, rice, dried veggies, spices)  I would buy either fresh veggies in season, or fresh-frozen ones where the only ingredient is the veggie.  And my own spices, of course.

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Tell me what you think, please.

Weekly sales appropriate for storage

Not much out there this week that’s good for just storing as is.

Costco has $2.50 off a case of low-sodium chicken broth.  And $50 off the fancy red Kitchenaid. Also $5 off of Van Houte coffee 80-pack which brings it to just under 50 cents a pod.  (Still bad for the environment, I’m trying to use the mini pod and my own coffee more often, but it’s just so darn easy at 6am)

No Frills has has mixed beef and pork, ground together $2.97/ lb.  This will need freezing or canning, but if you’re a fan of freezer meals or ready made canned food, this is great! They also have chicken drumsticks or thighs for $2.27/ lb, same caveat as above.  Also Rooster Brand coconut milk 88 cents/ can.  I bought 24 of that, so judge accordingly!

Independent has PC (Keurig) pods $17.99/ 40, great price.  PC Blue menu cereal or granola, asst sizes up to 750g $3.49.Dole 100% Juice, 12 cans (34-355ml) $5.99. Maxwell House ground coffee, 925g can $8.99.  PC pure maple syrup, 500ml $6.99.Huy Fong Sriracha hot chili sauce,740 mL $2.88

Savoury protein bars #1

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Attempt #1. A bit crumbley, and bland.   Needs more salt, more spices, and more pumpkin puree.   Maybe some sriracha sauce.
But almost entirely from food storage! Dried navy beans, hemp protein powder, spices, canned pumpkin. …
The recipe is adjusted from the Ultimate Power Bar recipe I posted a while back.
When I get it perfect, I’ll post this specific recipe.

Target starts liquidation soon.

As much as I loathe US big box stores coming up here,  paying minimum wage and part time hours without benefits,  and driving Canadian stores out if business or just buying them to close them down,  screwing up our economy,  increasing the number of working poor and screwing up our employment and poverty stats….
What was my point?
Oh yeah, I really loath Target applying for bankruptcy protection while owing $5 BILLION in back taxes, rent and wages,  and paying the failed CEO millions in severance. …
Right…. The liquidation sales may be worth going to.  They apparently have warehouses of stuff (which never made it onto the shelves while they were open) which will he marked up to 80% off.  Starting as soon as next week,  depending on which news sources you believe.
I went to the clearance racks after Halloween and found skull shaped bottles marked from $4.99 to $1.50. 
So I may go look for canning stuff, food storage and organizing stuff. … Things that will cost them a fortune to sell to me.
Especially ethnic foods,  slow cookers, canning jars…