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Food Frolics

August 21st, 2022 at 07:25 pm

It's been a foodie sort of week.

The tomatoes are still coming, but not as many. I did have enough to make and can some pints of spaghetti sauce and make some tomato juice. I had some leftover chicken and made broth and canned it. I had some green beans from the CSA box so I canned those as well. Only realized a pint and a half pint, but this winter, they will enjoyed. I picked some lavender and made lavender jelly and then I got brave. I've commented that Pinterest can be my downfall.

I was perusing jelly recipes on Pinterest and one that caught my eye was coffee jelly. I like coffee, so I thought this might be fun.

I did make it and it's good. I know I won't be eating it after 2 p.m. on toast though with the caffeine, but how unique. 

Grocery shopping was another downfall. I didn't think my lists were substantial -- I go to two stores, Aldi being the major one. But eggs had gone up 50 cents a dozen. Saltines had risen 12 cents a box. So, I spent more than I anticipated. I fear that prices are going to continue to rise as a drought seems to be hitting so many parts of our country. I remember during the Pandemic seeing empty shelves and what was there was so expensive. I decided that if there were lots of bread loaves at the grocery when we stopped to get DH's prescriptions, I would buy a couple of loaves to stash in the freezer just in case. There was plenty of bread, so I did just that. I haven't been hoarding stuff, but I have been filling my pantry and freezer like I normally do every fall with things from the grocery and the garden. 

4 Responses to “Food Frolics”

  1. Wink Says:

    I just saw a news report that due to the drought in California there may be a shortage of tomato products like ketchup, pasta sauce, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce etc. And the prices of those products are steadily, and rapidly increasing. You will fare well with all of the canning that you do. I am well stocked with those products, except that I am low on ketchup. The coffee jelly sounds interesting!

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    We are dealing with the same thing in Australia but instead of increased cost due to drought we have increased cost due to flooding! We had iceberg lettuce selling for up to $12. Now things are stabilising but my main problem is that I’m seeing prices are reduced to “xxx” but I know they were a lot cheaper a year earlier. An example is where they said coffee is down from $26 to $20! Mind you, a year earlier coffee was $14. I’m not really finding a lot of grocery bargains anywhere.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    No, there are very few grocery bargains to be found. I'm concerned about the tomato shortage because I use a lot of tomato products. I guess that will be another adjustment to make.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I use ketchup with a lot of meats, even meats I don't technically need them on since they aren't tough. I've been learning to adjust my seasonings or the way I cook the foods so that it becomes unnecessary, like making rotisserie chicken instead of fried, or pressure cooked chuck roast or turkey instead of roasted. I've learned to season fried potatoes so that I don't feel the need to dump ketchup on them all the time. I make jojos instead of French fries which also don't need ketchup because of the seasoning. And we don't eat pasta or pizza like we used to. My big thing is battered fried fish. I hate tartar sauce, so ketchup is a must. Just a tip, if you can get ahold of tomato paste when sauce isn't available, you can thin it out with water to the consistency of sauce and use it like sauce. When the lockdowns were going on, I noticed they always had paste even when sauce was gone.

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