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February Azure Standard Order (Grocery Haul…ish)

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  I’ve posted a few videos about results of my grocery shopping trips, and apparently you all really like to see what foods other people buy, because those videos have been fairly popular. Since you all are so interested in what I eat (I suppose that is the reason I have a food blog, after all) I’m going to try to make grocery hauls a more regular feature, both on the blog and on the youtube channel.

 This post is about my Azure Standard order, so slightly different from a typical grocery shopping trip, but same general idea.

 The staple items in this order are the potatoes, cornmeal and turmeric… and I’m going to include the horseradish as a staple item since this is the second time I’ve ordered it and was afraid of running out before the second jar came. Apparently horseradish is a new must-have for me.

 I really appreciate ordering potatoes from Azure because I can get organic potatoes and still pay less than a dollar a pound, which is my rule of thumb for whether something counts as cheap food or not. Fifty pounds of potatoes is quite a lot for the two of us to eat before they start to get wrinkly, but there are also several good church fellowship meal dishes I can make from a five pound bag of potatoes, so it’s not completely unreasonable to buy fifty pounds a a time.

 The organic cornmeal is slightly over a dollar a pound, but still reasonable, and provides a nice variety to the cheaper grains of wheat and rice.

 I ordered the turmeric because it was on sale this month, and since turmeric is one of my favorite spices I thought I might as well order it ahead while it was on sale, because I know I will use it eventually.

 The grassfed butter and raw cheese could be considered staples, but they’re still experimental for me, as I see how they fit into my budget over time. The butter at just under four dollars a pound (as compared to conventional butter which is hovering around three dollars a pound lately in my area) and the cheese at about five dollars a pound (which is between three and four dollars a pound depending on where you shop in my area) seemed to be close enough in price to their conventional counterparts to try switching over and see how my budget tolerates the switch as we go forward.

 I ordered the organic garbanzo beans from the Bargain Bin section, and I think this may be the first time something I ordered from the Bargain Bin has shipped to me (those items often go out of stock quickly). They were about about a dollar a can (lower price because of dented cans) and will be really good to have on hand for hummus when I need a quick and presentable food for a social event.

 The splurge items in this order are organic golden raisins (because golden raisins are just better than regular raisins), organic lemons (because I really want to make these preserved lemons) and white pepper (because it’s a gourmet type spice that’s been on my wishlist for while and it was on sale this month).

The last item in my order is fresh ginger, which is hovering on the edge of becoming a staple in my house, because it’s my favorite way to flavor water kefir. I do still seem to have trouble going through it fast enough to use it up before it dries out (or worse, gets moldy), so it hasn’t made the mental switch in my head to truly being a staple item. I accidentally ordered two packages of fresh ginger, which would be an even bigger problem to go through quickly, but I found a friend or two who are willing to take some if it off my hands.