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Also, the pantry

I calculated yesterday that I used about $180 of my $200 budget to this point. But I also need to note that I used some things I had in my pantry. This is a really rough calculation of those ingredients, to get a better picture of how I fared against the budget.
  • Tamari soy sauce. The bottle was $4 last month, and I used about 1/10 of it. $.40
  • Olive oil. I bought that on sale in September for about $5, if memory serves. I used 1/2 of that bottle, so $2.50
  • Coconut oil. I bought a gallon of Tropical Traditions Expeller-Pressed coconut oil a few months ago for $39 with a free shipping deal. I used about 4 tablespoons, so...um...(excuse me while I google) $.15 (256 tablespoons in a gallon, by the way)
  • Chili powder. I have no idea how much, but the spices I buy average $4 a bottle, and I used about 1/8 of the bottle, so $.50
  • Blueberries from the freezer. The bag was $2, and I used about 20 berries. I'll call that 1/10 of the bag, so $.20
  • Salt and pepper: most food stamp challenges don't include this since most people have it around. I use sea salt I grind myself, though, so factor in a dollar for that to be generous. The can lasts me about a year and is $10 or so.
  • Basil: I used about 1/10 of that bottle, so .40
  • Oregano: the same
  • Brown sugar: $1.29/lb, and I used about a cup over the course of a month, and there are about 5 cups in this bag, so $.26
  • Baking powder: 1 teaspoon. Peapod has this for $2.69 for 50 teaspoons, so $.05
  • Bay leaves: 8. Peapod has these for $4 for about 30 leaves, so $1.06

Total: $6.92 added to my $180. Still well within budget.


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Nov. 24th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
I was interested to see which herbs and spices you used regularly. There's one bottle in my cupboard that comes out more than any other, when cooking meat especially (or toasted cheese) - it's Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce.

I don't know if you have that in the US but it's a great additive for any sort of casserole. I haven't checked the label though, it may contain something you don't eat. I'll try to remember to look one day!
Nov. 24th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
I checked - and found this. So you can get it, but it has corn syrup and ours doesn't, just the same as the Bolognese sauce we looked at near the beginning of the challenge!

Lea and Perrins in the USA

Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce in the USA differs from the British recipe. Its ingredients are listed as: vinegar, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, anchovies, water, onions, salt, garlic, tamarind concentrate, cloves, natural flavorings and chili pepper extract. The original British recipe uses malt vinegar while the American version uses distilled white vinegar, giving the British version a slightly deeper flavour. Also, the American version uses high fructose corn syrup while the original British recipe still uses sugar, giving the American version a somewhat sweeter and less spicy taste.

The British ingredients are;
malt vinegar (from barley), spirit vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onions, garlic, spice, and flavouring. The "spice, and flavouring" is believed to include cloves, soy sauce, lemons, pickles and peppers.
Nov. 24th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
I used to love Worcestershire sauce. I didn't realize the American version doesn't have malt in it. I wonder what the natural flavorings are. That means I might be able to eat it! (can't have barley) Unless the flavoring is soy sauce. Soy sauce has gluten.

I hate that the US uses so much corn syrup. It's cheaper though because of the tariffs we put on sugar imports.
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