I KNOW I told you that I’d show you my freezers and refrigerator this time…but my Azure Standard food co-op order came in this week. Don’t you want to see what I got?!
But first let’s review…
Nerd information about Laura #1: Laura loves jars. Like crazy.
Nerd information about Laura #2: Laura loves to pull out everything from her Azure order boxes and lay everything out on the counter…and then just look at it for many, many minutes.
…and when she’s finally satisfied after a long time of staring at her groceries, Laura will slowly put everything into smaller containers (like JARS!) and put everything where it goes.
…but she’s such a nerd about it that she really doesn’t want anyone to help her because she has a system and she really just has so much fun with putting it all away and looking at it all, that having helpers would just sort of ruin the fun.
(There, now I’m done talking about myself in third person. :) )
This time, after I laid my order out on the counter, I took a picture for you (just in case you wanted to stare at it for several minutes too).
Here’s what I got this month:
Natural Value plastic bags (a safe plastic…on sale this month), 5 pounds frozen peas, 4 oz. cumin, 5 pounds Landmark raw white cheddar cheese, 2 jars Natural Value peanut butter, 2 pounds raw cashews, 1 pound fresh leeks, 5 pounds carrots, 5 pounds oranges, 5 pounds pinto beans, 5 pounds cocoa (think of all the brownies I can make!), Braggs apple cider vinegar.
25 pounds Redmonds real salt, 10 pounds frozen strawberries, 3 boxes Julies ice cream sandwiches (a total splurge…one that made my kids cheer all the way home), case of 12 big bags of Kettle brand organic blue corn chips(I highly recommend these chips…they are YUMMY, and are priced VERY REASONABLY. Even though they don’t give us much in the way of nutrition, they are at least a decent chip.)
My total for all this food was $237.49.
Sound like a lot? Maybe. However, this is the bulk of my grocery spending for the month (about half). The salt was my big purchase this time (25 pounds costs around $50!)…but that will last us well over a year and a half, even with all the canning I do. The baggies I bought for freezing produce this fall, since they were a very good price this month.
The cocoa will last a long, long time (as long as Laura can control how many brownies she makes) (oops, switched back to third person again). The chips will last quite a while, as will the beans, strawberries, cashews, vinegar and cumin. Everything else will be eaten in a month most likely.
Now, just a couple more things about what I did with part of my order!
Yesterday I used the leeks I ordered and several of the carrots and made a big pot of chicken broth, and a big pot of beef broth. Now I have big jars full of broth ready to make soups and sauces and gravies.
AND…take a look at this beautiful 10 pound bag of frozen strawberries!!
I divided the bag into 3 gallon sized freezer bags for easier freezer access. Now we have plenty of strawberries for smoothies and slushies and milkshakes and snacks. YUM!!!
All this food, along with the fresh milk and eggs we buy from local farmers…and along with my freezers full of meat and veggies…and my pantry full of grains and canned tomato products…
We are ALL SET!
Okay…coming up next will really be my fridge and freezers…but thanks for letting me show you my Azure order.
(Am I the only one who likes to stare at their groceries? Just wondering…) :)