Swimming Upstream

Jun 5, 2010 | 3 comments

Our Kitchen Cupboard

     I often feel that I am half a bubble off from the rest of the world.  I especially feel that way when it comes to all those grocery store coupons and other clever ways that we could be saving money – supposedly.  My favorite mercantile store of all time, Jack’s Country Store in Ocean Park, recently began a savings program through which customers can ultimately buy gasoline at a considerably reduced price per gallon.  I applaud their ingenuity but, unfortunately, it doesn’t work well for us.
     The problem is that we simply don’t buy the ‘right’ things. They aren’t in our ‘shopping repertoire’ so to speak.  Take, for instance, prepared packaged foods.  Those seem to be the target of most money saving schemes, probably because the majority of people buy them and volume means that the middlemen can still make a profit.  But in our household, we cook mostly from scratch.  Oh, we buy a few prepared foods – soy sauce, mustard, other condiments.  And, we get canned tomato sauce and crackers and bread.  But, otherwise, we grow or buy fresh foods or buy dry beans and rice and pasta. 
     It isn’t often that fresh produce or foods sold in bulk have any sort of savings attached so we lose out on most of those kinds of saving schemes.  That doesn’t bother me much – we cook from scratch because that’s the way we like to eat.  But it always amazes me that we are so out of the mainstream.  It’s not what’s wrong with us, of course.  It’s what in the world is wrong with everyone else?

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  1. MaryBeth Kelly

    Yesterday at an estate sale I bought a 100-year-old grater for a couple of dollars, not because I needed it, but because in that household they obviously were still cooking from scratch. I brought it home, got out a block of pecorino romano cheese, and used my perfect new grater. Most satisfying experience, and a great salad. I wish I cooked as much from scratch as you do, but I can say I use enough of a limited repertoire of prepared foods that I don’t find the coupons very useful either.

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  2. Stephanie Frieze

    I’m working on a post for my blog, View From My Broom, about eating locally and organic and certainly “slow food” is part of that. After seeing what happens to animals at factory farms and hearing what goes into processed and factory farm seed we buy as much organic as possible. It costs more, but I would rather support local farmers than the agricultural equivalent of BP. Big corporations like Monsanto don’t care if they poison us, they just want our money. If you get on the computer and type in “organic coupons” you can get coupons for Organic Valley products. In Tacoma we are able to get organic produce delivered to our door from Terra Organics, but you’ve got Green Angel on Sandridge and I know that Oakies carries some organic. I am frustrated that our Costco in Gig Harbor has organic meat, but the one in Warrenton doesn’t. That will be tough for us when we move to the beach full time.

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  3. Stephanie Frieze

    Is there still an organic bakery in Astoria? I saw it last summer and intend to go back and look for it as soon as school is out and I’m at the beach more.

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