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Old 08-24-2014, 11:17 AM
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We are set on the basics, so ... Can we spend the money at farms instead of stores?

This month I would go to the blueberry farm and pick 50lbs of blueberries ($1.5 a lb) and take them home to freeze, can and dehydrate.

I would do the same thing for cherries, and peaches, and other vegetables in season that month.

Next month same thing, different selection. Let's see. September would be pears, apples, and some of the nut crops.

October would be more apples, chestnuts, and winter squash.

Not a whole lot available during the winter months as far as fresh foods, so I would take that time to fortify the rice, beans, salt, sugar category.


Edited to add, we currently buy a lot of produce straight from the farm, we would just be buying in larger quantities than normal.

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... soup on sale at major grocery stores might be 10 for $10 (or $1 each). You can buy the same size can of soup at ALDI's for 49 cents, which is obviously less than half. Before I started buying things by the case at ALDI's, I bought a single can of each thing I was interested in and tried them out. I couldn't taste or see any difference between ALDI's and the big box food! So, now that $500 that you were going to spend at the big box grocery store will buy $1,000 worth of groceries at ALDI's! You just doubled the amount of food you can buy!
Totally agree with all of your post even if it's old. Absolutely try things from Aldi's or anywhere before stocking up.

I've also been stretching my food dollars by shopping at discount groceries that have a lot of close dated or past dated food. I'm picking up stuff that we don't usually buy because it's too expensive normally. Heck I picked up some key lime juice that I only buy when I've promised to bring some somewhere. Now we can have it as a dessert because it was 50 cents a bottle!
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Setting up with quality equipment and supplies is somewhat expensive. Once you have the pressure cooker and the jars, lids and rings, then you need only buy lids next time. A lot of cheap models are on the market, some aluminum from China but I wouldn't touch them. Many don't have a sealing gasket but rely on machined surfaces. That's not going to last but will warp, especially with aluminum.....
I agree with you about buying quality pressure canning equipment if you are going to do it. However further in your post you talk about the high cost of jars. I've gotten most of mine for free, I've only bought when they are at yard sales or very good sales.

I'm glad I live in an area where I can find normal prices at Amish stores that are cheaper than Walmart on sale.

On that note a lot of people have had problems with the ones from China that Walmart has stocked.
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50% of the money: Canned meat, fish, poultry with expiration date as late as possible.
25% for rice and dried beans: Make complete protein together. Never heard either go bad.
(Alternately you can allocate even more to rice and beans, very good stuff)
25% goes to oils, salt, sugar, starch, honey, vinegar, canned pineapples.
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Instead of beans, which I don't particularly care for (at least not home cooked anyway), I prefer and stock up on lentils and split peas. Lentils don't get any drier (beans can get so dry they are hard and will not re-hydrate), and with split peas, rehydrate and cook faster. They are also cheap and easy to store. They have good nutritional value too.
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Lentils don't get any drier
Beans getting irreversably dry was an issue I had thought about but I never saw very old beans. Looks like you have more experince with legumes. Lentils look like a good idea. Thanks.
To add to my own post, I think buying some Rum or Whisky for storing could be a good idea. As far as I know they just last.
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Great idea for a thread. I've been interested reading the various responses.
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Yes, in my experience, beans get harder and drier over the years. If you rotate them out then you should be fine, but I just don't care for beans that much and my beans got too dry to be palatable. I also tried to sprout them and had almost zero success.
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Funny i just spent almost exactly $500 on food. I bought 1/4 of a cow around 180lbs of black angus beef. I pick it up tomorrow.
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