Monthly Archives: November 2012

Here’s a quick video of my hands to show you how!!!!

How to de-seed an Avocado

Blessings!

Carla

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Hello There!!!

Well, Since our next co-op comes early because of Thanksgiving (in 5 days), I decided to use this week’s bin selection as an object lesson.  I also didn’t want us to all be overloaded with food when Thanksgiving comes!!!

Here is what we got this time- about 2/3 of what we normally get! (I’ll explain why…)Image

  • (1) large head of Romaine Lettuce
  • (1) pkg Grape tomatoes
  • (2) Acorn Squash
  • (4) Red Peppers
  • (1) Bunch Kale
  • (1) Baby Carrots (bag)
  • (4) Red Pears
  • (1) Head Cauliflower
  • (1) bunch Green onions
  • (2) Large Grapefruit
  • (1) 6 oz pkg Blackberries
  • (2) large Gala Apples

PLUS – Your choice of two “Extras” of something already in your bin (not in this picture).

People often ask how and why I decide to purchase the food I do.  Today is an excellent picture. Here;s how it all begins:

Today I had $400.00 to work with.  I usually spend about $6.00/wk on food safe bags to sort veggies into, and I keep $10.00 aside in case I need to tip the guys helping to load my van at the Produce wholesaler.  Today, knowing that I wanted to buy less food (possible hold some money back for next co-op), I was overjoyed when I saw that there were food safe bags on sale, 1000 bags for $10.00 (a big savings from grocery store or Sam’s club prices) – so I bought two.  So, $400.00 – 20.00 (bags), minus $10.00 tip left me with $370.00 to work with.

Here is a breakdown of what I spent:

Produce Name Qnty? Case Pr Total
Romaine 24 heads 20 20
Kale 24 bunches 18 18
Baby Carrots 30-1 lb bags 28.5 28.5
grape toms 12-7oz pkgs 14 28
Blackberries 12 pkgs 18 36
grapefruit bushel 25 50
Acorn Sq bushel 8 16
cauliflower 12 heads 20 40
Red Peppers bushel 30 30
Apples 64 ct case 33 33
red pears 100 ct 31 31
Green onion 24 10 10
Extra Romaine 8 heads 10 10
bags 20
**Individ. Items 14.82
tip 10
Total: 395.32
Left: 4.68

Here are a few examples where we run into our “savings” differences:

  • I usually pay $15.00 for 50 pounds of carrots. Today, I spent $28.50 for 30 lbs.
  • Tomatoes: normally $11-16 for 40 pounds. Today, I paid $14 for  5.25 lbs
  • grapefruit – they were so big that I had to buy two cases, using 1/8th of my budget on one item….
  • Blackberries – still a savings at 1.50 per small box…they are out of season, and 3.99 per package in the store. Still alot of money for a small item.
  • Cauliflower – not too expensive, but I have to buy 2 cases so that everyone can get one complete head….this is a problem with Melons, too….

All this to say, if you wonder why I don’t buy many items that are already packaged, or cut for you – steamer bags full of broccoli, or mini carrots – this is why!  They just don’t represent the saving that I want this co-op to offer us!

Thank you for your patience as I work out all the kinks in this process!

Happy Eating!

Blessings,

Carla


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This week was super fun!  Our heads of cabbage were almost 5 pounds a piece…That’s A LOT of cabbage!!!  Our bins netted over 35 pounds this time, depending on your extras!

What a haul we had this time!  Here is what our standard bin looked like this week (my picture is missing my broccoli crowns, and carrots):

  • (1) large head of Romaine Lettuce
  • (4) large roma tomatoes
  • (1) Large Spaghetti Squash (approx 3.5 pounds)
  • (1) Large Head of Cabbage (approx. 4.5 pounds)
  • (7 oz) Sliced Mushrooms
  • (2) medium Green Peppers
  • (1) Bunch of Celery
  • (3) JUMBO Carrots
  • (1-2) Broccoli crowns
  • (1) bunch of Cilantro
  • (1) Very large bunch of Kale (approx 12 stems)
  • (2) large cucumbers
  • (1) Pineapple
  • (4) large red delicious Apples
  • (5) Kiwi
  • (4) small sweet potatoes
  • (3) Oranges
  • (7 oz) snow peas
  • (2) Hass Avocados

PLUS – Your choice of two “Extras” of something already in your bin.

Our group is a big success, thanks to all who are participating!
Thanks Everyone!

Blessings,

Carla


    How to cut and use, freeze or store your Butternut Squash

   For all of you who have never really used Butternut Squash before…this has great, simple information!

 

Enjoy!

Blessings to you,

Carla


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WOW!!!!! Look at all these Healthy Veggies!!!  Our bins netted over 35 pounds this time!

What a haul we had this time!  Here is what our standard bin looked like this week:

  • (1) large head of Romaine Lettuce
  • (2) large tomatoes
  • (1) Large Butternut Squash
  • (1) Large Zucchini
  • (1/4 lb) Sliced Mushrooms
  • (1) quart of mini Sweet Peppers (multi-colored)
  • (3) medium beets
  • (3) JUMBO Carrots
  • (2-3) Stems of Broccoli with Florets
  • (1 lb 10 oz) Green Beans
  • (1) Bunch of Cilantro
  • (1) Bunch Green Onions
  • (1) Pineapple
  • (6) Limes
  • (5) Pears
  • (3) Large Gala Apples

PLUS – Your choice of two of the following (left from cases that wouldn’t split evenly):

  • (1) bunch of Kale
  • (2) large Carrots
  • (1) Pineapple
  • (2) Pears
  • (2) apples
  • (2) heads of garlic/(1) bunch of Cilantro
  • (1) Butternut Squash
  • (1) head Romaine lettuce
  • (1) Stalk of Celery

I’m loving this! We’re eating so well on a small budget!
Thanks Everyone!

Blessings,

Carla