Thanks to Faith for attending Self-Reliant Sisters and sending me these Raw Food recipes for the dehydrator! Click on the links below to download the PDF files for the recipes mentioned below.
"You've probably heard of the raw food movement. There is a subsection of vegetarians that eat strictly raw food. Raw is classified as a food whose enzymes have not been inactivated by heat application (>105). The dehydrator can process foods to meet this criteria."
I've attached recipes for the "Come Bite the Apple" cookie, "Apple Flax Cookie", and for "Onion Bread". I added walnuts, dried cranberries, and the little plug remnants from pitting cherries to the recipe. The "Nama Shoyu" ingredient in the onion bread recipe is actually organic soy sauce. The onion bread is awesome with soup and as a snack bread.
Making fresh "Zucchini Wraps" is great alternative to bread consumption. You can make them in advance and store them for up to a month in the frig. Search You Tube to see how to make them. They are so aromatic when processing that it can be a challenge to wait until they're done (even a bigger challenge for the cookies!)."
1 2/3 cups dry apple slices (we used apples from the Cannery)
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
2 ½ cups water
2 tsp lemon juice
Mix all dry ingredients together, then add water and mix well. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. If baking in a pie, preheat oven to 425 degrees, place in oven and bake 40 minutes or until golden brown in pastry shell (May use peeled and sliced fresh apples - enough to fill pie crust.)
Topping (use pie filling above)
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup butter
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup rolled oats
6 TBSP sugar
Mix together thoroughly and spread over pie filling. Bake in a greased square pan at 375 for 25 minutes.
Price matching, couponing & seasonal shopping are some of the many ways to shop smart.
Price matching: Some stores will match the prices of their competitors, in the hopes that you will shop with them instead of their competition. Of course, often the competition does the same thing. Price matching can be done at many stores such as Staples, Best Buy, Target, Lowes, Home Depot & Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is my favorite store to price match at, since they also price match groceries. Here is the complete post on Price Matching at Wal-Mart
Couponing: This is an excellent way to get items at a discounted price. Many stores will also take their competitors coupons such as Michaels will take Joanns coupons and Staples will take Office Max coupons, etc. There are also many couponing blogs out there. I cannot hope to cover all that they do, so here is a list of my favorite coupon blogs. These blogs will tell you everything you need to know about couponing and how to get started.
Seasonal Shopping: This is buying things during their lowest price of the year, such as turkey and baking supplies in November. Purchasing items when they go on clearance is also a great way to stock up. I buy all my Christmas wrapping paper in January when it is 75% off. Here is a great article from Moms By Heart about Yearly Sales and Clearance Cycles
Buy at the Lowest Price Point: When things have a long shelf life, stock up on that item when it hits it's lowest price point! For example at the last Smiths Case Lot Sale, they had tuna for .50 a can. I know we eat about 1 can a week, so I bought 50 cans which is enough to last us about 1 year. Here is A Thrifty Mom's explanation on this same principle.
Buy Online: Sometimes the best prices for non grocery items can be found online. Amazon.com & Ebay are my two favorite places for lower prices. Many items have free shipping as well! Do your research and you’ll be able to get some great deals!
Here is a list of some of the grocery stores in town, their websites and what days their ads run. Most sales run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday, any exceptions are listed below. In addition many Spanish Markets run specials on Wednesdays that I do not list on the "Grocery Deals of the Week". There are other stores that you can price match from, however they do not have online websites.
Walmart is the only grocery store (currently) that will Price Match.
You must have your ads with you.
Walmart will price match grocery ads & Sunday newspaper ads (Best Buy, Walgreens, CVS, Office Max, etc).
Item must be identical to the sale item in the ad (meaning same brand, size, type, etc).
Walmart WILL price match Store Brands. For example - Walmart will match Kroger/Smiths bread on sale for Walmarts "Great Value" Bread.
Walmart will only price match printed (not online) ads.
Walmart will take manufacturers coupons, but not other stores coupons.
If a printed ad says (limit 2), then you will only be able to price match 2 of that item. Of course you can always buy 2 more the next day...
Walmart will not price match "Buy one get one Free" or any other type of BOGO sales.
Walmart will not price match items that come with an instant rebate/savings, or other such item.
Walmart will not price match meats and chicken if it comes from the Smiths/Albertsons butcher shop. Well, sometimes (very rarely) they will, but I wouldn't count on it!
Each Walmart manager sets the limits on which stores they will price match from. Walmarts will NOT price match ads from stores that are MILES away. So don't expect to bring an ad from Utah (to Nevada) and get those prices :)
Price Matching Guidelines
Holly is the queen of price matching. Here she shares her tips on price matching.
Go when the lines are not busy and without children if possible.
Shop on the same day and try to go to the same cashier.
Price match at the end of the order & let the cashier know you will be price matching. Separate them with a bar or a space on the grocery belt.
Tell the person behind you that you will be price matching. This way they won't get irritated if you take a little longer than normal. (hopefully)
Many Walmarts are MUCH friendlier at price matching than other Walmarts. Know your stores. The neighborhood Walmart at Stephanie/American Pacific & Warm Springs/Eastern are great to price match at. The Super Walmart is much stricter (and not as friendly).
Bring your ads & have them ready!! Holly circles the items that she is price matching, so she is able to show the checker quickly if needed.
Be Organized! On my grocery list I circle the items that I am price matching in green. That way, when the checker asks me what the price of milk is, I can quickly check my list for the correct price. I'm sure Holly doesn't need to do this, she has all prices memorize :)
Be courteous! Don't demand that an item be price matched. If they say no, you can either buy it at regular price or try again at a different Walmart or another day with a different cashier.
Know what dates the ads start and end.
Price Matching Prices
Each week I feature our "Grocery Deals of the Week". These are a basic price guideline to follow on things like chicken, ground beef, fruits and vegetables. It is not a complete list of all the good deals that week, although I wish I was grocery savvy enough to do that for you. SO, here are some guidelines for YOU to follow in order to get the best deals with price matching.
Know your prices. Sometimes the "Everyday Low Price" at Walmart is cheaper than the sale price at other stores.
Know your price point. Holly will not pay more than .50 for fruit, .08 oz for cereal and $1.50 for boneless skinless chicken breasts & ground beef. My price point is higher than that, so set your price point and watch for your items to hit that price.
Stock up when the items you regularly use hits it's lowest price. I usually buy 20 lbs of chicken/ground beef when it goes on sale. For dry/canned goods, I will buy as much I think we'll use before it hits the expiration date.
Sales usually run in a 12 Week Cycle. So about every 12 weeks chicken/meat/etc. will be on sale again. If you can't afford to buy a ton of a sale item, try to buy enough to last you for 12 weeks.
Seasonal Items. There are certain times of the year that items will hit their lowest price. Thanksgiving - turkey & baking items, August - back to school items, etc. For a more detailed list click here.
Don't buy something just because it's on sale. At one of the Smiths sales I bought 45 cans of Campbell's Chunky Soup because it was on sale for .66 cents a can. We don't even eat Campbell's soup, so I ended up donating it to the food bank.
The Smith's (grocery store) has a case lot sale twice a year. This usually happens right around General Conference (April and October). The case lot sale has deep discounts on different grocery items when you buy them by the case. When the case lot sale comes out, we will be posting what the great deals are. Sometimes a few of the items on sale are a not a good deal.
CASE LOT SALE GUIDELINES
Buy what your family will eat.
Just because an item is featured in the case lot sale, does not mean it is a great price.
Set extra money aside each month for the case lot sale.
Be aware of your limits. (example: Limit 2 cases)
Do not plan on rain checks. Go early and take friends.