Ever seen a cooking gadget on T.V. and wondered, “Does that thing really work? Today we will try to answer that question for some gadgets old and new.
Don’t forget that today is the first Wednesday of June, and Fry’s and Safeway are giving 10% off your whole order if you are over 55 years old.
As always, prices are for this area and for Safeway and Fry's will require at least a Club Membership card. Some may require digital coupons as well. We try to indicate all restrictions, special conditions etc. Sprouts does not require any cards and does not have any special savings days. Sprouts does have double ad Wednesday, when you get last week’s and this week’s ad prices. All three stores have digital savings available to those with appropriate accounts, go to their web pages for details and directions. Fry’s at least will give you the advertised digital price if you state you do not have appropriate technology. Safeway sometimes has coupons which you can access digitally or clip out of the ad.
On Sale This Week
Deal Of The Week
$2.50/pkg—Ground Turkey, Kroger brand, 16 oz pkg, 85 % lean
Here is a recipe using the Ground Turkey Deal Of The Week
$.75/each—Jumbo Cantaloupe, Arizona Grown
$1.77/each—Strawberries, 2 lb box or Blueberries, 18 oz box
$.40/ear—Sweet corn,Arizona Grown
$.99/each—Bell Peppers, Red, Yellow or Orange
$2.50/each—Melon, Tucan , cantaloupe or mini seedless watermelon, Arizona Grown
$1.99/lb Seedless Grapes, Red Green or Black
$.99/lb—Sweet Vidalia onions
$1.29/lb—Chicken, Drumsticks or thighs, fresh, bone in
$1.79/lb—Pork, Shoulder roast, bone in, natural, whole in bag
$2.99,/lb—Beef, Chuck or Shoulder roast, boneless OR Chuck steak, boneless
$6.99/pkg—Ground Bison, Simple Truth brand, natural, 12 oz pkg
Other Good Deals
$.44;/each—Powerade, 32 oz OR Arrowhead sparkling water, 1 liter, Must buy 8, final price $3.52
$2.99/pkg—Cheese, Kroger brand, select varieties
$2/each—Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream, or Dip, Kroger brand, 24 oz, select varieties
$1.88/each—Lean Cuisine or Stouffers Entrees, select varieties
$2.50/pkg—Pepperidge Farm buns or sandwich rolls
$8.99/lb—Boarshead Ovengold Turkey Breast, in Deli
Buy 5 Save $5—Special Sale—Must buy in multiples of 5 to get these prices
$1.77/each—Doritos or Fritos, select varieties
!1.99/each—Dreyer’s Ice Cream, 48 oz OR Nestle Frozen Treats, select varieties
$2.99/pkg—Land O’Frost, lunch meat, 16 oz, select varieties
$2.49/each—Dole Salad Kets, select varieties
$.99/each—Goldfish, Pepperidge Farm, 6-8 oz, select varieties
$2.79/each—Reynolds Wrap Foil, select varieties
Deal Of The Week
$.67/lb—Chicken, Sanderson Farms, Whole or Leg Quarters, jumbo pack
$.75/each—Strawberries, 16 oz box, limit 2
$.88/lb—Bell Peppers, Fed Yellow or Orange
$2/each—Organic mini carrots, 1 lb OR Organic Bunched Beets
$1.50/bag—Organic russet potatoes, 3 lb bag
$3/each—Watermelon, mini seedless
$.77/lb—Pork, sirloin chops, bone in, family pack
$2.77/lb—Ground Beef, 85% lean, sold in pkg of 3 lb or more in meat case
$2.99/lb—Pork, Center cut loin chops, bone in, family pack
$3.77/lb—Beef, London Broil or Top Round Roasts or family pack Steaks, boneless
Other Good Deals
$2/each—Foster Farms Lunchmeat—6-12 oz, select varieties
$2/each—Eggo frozen waffles, 20 ct OR Hot LeanPockets, 8-9 ox, select varieties
$.50/each—Dannon Yogurt, select varieties
$1/box—Cinnamon Rolls, 4 ct
$1.87/each—Cheese, Lucerne brand Chunk or Shredded, limit 4, select varieties
$2.50/each—Cheese, Sargento, 5-8 oz, select varieties, OR Daisy sour cream
$.77/each—Coke, Pepsi or 7-up, 2 liter, Must buy 2, limit, 1 reward per transaction
Clip or Click Coupons
$1/77/each—Lay’s Family Size, select varieties, limit 3
$.49/each—Canned Vegetables, signature Kitchens, limit 6
$.88/each—Canned beans and pasta sauce, select varieties, limit 6
$4.99/lb—Frozen shrimp, medium tail on, 2 lb bags
If you use Safeway Fuel Points there are many items throughout the store that will give you 4x the usual fuel points, watch for the shelf tags with 4x inside a furl pump.
Deal Of The Week
$.77/lb—Melon Mania, 9 different types on sale, Orange Flesh, Santa Claus, Lemon Drop,Hami, Gold Dew, Galia, Crenshaw, Canary. Casaba
$.40/each—Ears of Sweet Corn
$.98//each—Strawberries, 1 lb box
$1/3—Only $.34/each Avocados OR Yellow Honey Mangos OR Cucumbers
$.88/ lb—Bell Peppers, Red, Yellow, or Orange OR Yellow Nectarines
$1.50/each—Russet Potatoes, 5 lb bag
$3/each-Bagged Salad, Sprouts brand
$3/lb—Fresh Pork Sausage, hand made in store
$2.88/lb—Pork Ribs, Back or St Louis Style, fresh, no enhancers or sodium solutions
$2.77/lb—Whole Chicken, Organic, fresh
$4.99/lb—Ground Beef, Grass Fed, fresh, product of USA,
$7.99/lb——Shrimp, Extra Jumbo, raw, gulf, wild caught
Other Good Deals
$.99/each—French Bread, Fresh Baked, 15 oz, in bakery
$2.99/each—Cookies, Fresh baked, 12 count, select varieties
$2/each, Bread, Irish Soda, fresh baked, in bakery
$2/each—Cereal, Mom’s Best brand, 12-24 oz, select varieties
$2/each—Preserves, Sprouts brand, select varieties
30%off—Bob’s Red Mill Hot cereals, select varieties
$4.99/lb—Walnuts, Halves and pieces, or Dark Chocolate Covered, bulk foods
$$2.99/lb—Chia Seeds, bulk foods
$6.99/lb—Almonds, Roasted or Flavored select varieties
$2.99/lb—Cheese, Colby or Monterey Jack, Bulk Cut, deli case
$3.99/lb—Cheese Munster, Bulk cut, deli case
25% off all Garden of Life and Soloray products
20 % off all Ude’s Choice, Aloe Life, Manitoba Harvest and Megafood products
Buy 1 Get 1 Free—Country Life Biotin 5 or 10 mg or Maxi Hair plus Biotin
Gadgets Gadgets Gadgets
This week one of us bought a “spiralizer”. You know—one of those gadgets that cuts vegetables into a noodle like shape, and a device known as a “salad slicer”. We decided to add a few more gadgets and make a whole column. Here are our reviews, some suggestions for use, and a few recipes. If you have ever bought such an item, why don’t you drop us an email and tell us if it worked as advertised and how you use it, if you do.
First of all the spiralizer, more commonly known as Vegetti®. We have now tried to spiralize zucchini squash, carrots, jicama, cucumbers, beets, sweet potatoes, turnips, bell peppers, and broccoli. The one total failure was bell peppers, because they are hollow, they just wouldn’t work. The jicama had problems because its texture was too crisp and crumbly. All the rest made nice spiral noodle shapes. We tried the various spirals out raw or with a number of cooking techniques., boiling, microwaving, and broiling.
The spiralizer we used has three different blades thin, thicker, and flat. The flat didn’t seem too useful. The thin blade made nice spaghetti style noodles especially with the squash. Just add your favorite pasta sauce and there you have it. Make sure you don’t over cook the squash/noodles. For us, it only took 1½ minutes in the microwave. Thin sweet potato curls, broiled or baked with a little oil and salt, instantly become sweet potato fries. The thick blade would also be good if you planned to fry them.
Spirals can also be used raw in salad. Of course the carrots and cucumbers were great this way, but have you considered raw beets or turnips?
One lesson we learned was not to try to do the spiraling much ahead. Probably because of the thinness, the spirals seemed to dry out fast (dry Arizona air anyone?)
So although Alton Brown doesn’t approve of any single use gadgets, the spiralizer definitely worked. And if you are looking for ways to make vegetables more interesting, or a vegetable substitute for pasta other than spaghetti squash. you may find this tool quite useful. And fun!
Spiral Beet Salad
makes about 4 servings (1 cup)
1 medium red beet, peeled and spiraled. (about 3 cups) Use thin blade if you want to eat soon, thick blade if you want to marinate.
2 celery stalks, think sliced, or 1 small turnip, spiralized and slightly chopped
1 cup arugula, whole if baby arugula, sliced thin if older
1/2 cup white onion, very thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon tahini
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, grated or minced
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (for topping)
In a medium bowl, mix together beets (you may want to shorten the spirals if they are very long), celery or turnip, arugula (if marinating, only add half of the arugula now), and onion.
In a small bowl mix together vinegar, oil, tahini, and garlic. stir well. If sauce seems too thick, mix in a little more sesame oil little be little until of a pourable consistency. Tahinis are different and this may affect the sauce.
Pour sauce over vegetables and arrange in mounds on small plates. Sprinkle a teaspoon or so of sesame seeds over each. If marinating, pour sauce over and mix well. cover and refrigerate for 2 - 4 hours. Mix in remaining arugula. Serve topped with sesame seeds.
Use cilantro leaves or spinach instead of arugula
Use peanut butter instead of tahini
Use lemon juice instead of vinegar
Next an oldie but a goodie, Makin Bacon®.
This device for cooking bacon in a microwave was invented by 8 year old Abby and her father. It was Abby’s idea, but her Dad did most of the development and marketing, striking a deal with Wal-Mart to sell the device. Unfortunately market has been flooded with inferior counterfeits, so if you want one, you should try to buy through Wal-Mart, which buys only from the authorized manufacturer.
The directions are quite simple, it even fit and turned in my tiny microwave, and the result is fine. Now that I can’t use my preferred bacon cooking method, cooking in a 400º oven (don’t care to do that in the summer), I will be using the Makin Bacon®. It does require a little extra cleanup of the microwave, but see the Angry Woman Microwave Cleaning aid below.
These special scissors for cutting herbs were given by a friend. Looks good but doesn’t work very well. They performed ok in making a chiffonade of a few stacked leaves, but a sharp knife would be easier. They will not snip even moderate amounts of a soft herb like basil. Instead, they mash it and the blades get all gummed up with green gunk. Usually I just use a pair of regular kitchen shears to snip up herbs and sprouts.
However—this “salad cutter” did work well on smallish amounts of varied vegetables. I made two items, a chopped vegetable dish containing a piece of squash, a chunk of onion, some snap peas, a few cherry tomatoes, some basil and some sprouts. I followed the (hilarious) directions in the “product manual”, chopping first one way and then at a 90º angle (by turning the base, best accomplished with the basket on the bottom and the base on top. I did put a plate under the whole thing, thinking it might be a little messy with the tomatoes and all, but it wasn’t at all drippy. A nice long, very sharp knife is an essential part of this process.
I also make a chopped salad, with many of the same items.
One suggestion I have, is to lay all the long items like squash, green beans, etc going in the same direction at first. Cut across, then turn 90º and give a good chop. For chopped salad, another turn helps get the texture finer.
Not a bad item, and faster then chopping everything separately. Clean up is easy, a simple rinse.
This wooden citrus reamer is one of my favorite tools. Sorry Alton, it only does one thing, extract juice from citrus, but it does it very well.
Another small but useful tool is a pineapple cutter. It sort of spiralizes a pineapple from the inside. They can be found in both plastic and metal versions. The plastic one does work fairly well, but the metal one may make a cleaner cut.
This brings us to the last main gadget on our list, the Super Slicer.
This item contained 13 different pieces, but no instructions. It is a kind of manual food processor maybe for those living “Off the Grid,” with attachments for everything from whipping cream to julienning vegetables. Some parts worked better than others.
The basic slicer works well for fairly firm items like carrots and eggplant. Not too well on roma tomatoes. The julienne blades weren’t too successful and the grater was not nearly as good as a regular box grater. However, using the whipper I was able to beat egg whites to a stiff peak in about four (energetic) minutes and I’m sure it would have done whipped cream also. The sharp cutter (and I do mean sharp) blade made very short work of onion cut to about 4 inch pieces, and because you can turn the handle forward and backward you have a lot of control over the process. It had a little more trouble with turning a fresh roll into bread crumbs, but with a little persistence was quite successful. Overall, fairly flexible and useful if you do’t have a food processor. But do be careful with the sharp blade. This is not a tool for children.
Bonus Gadget: The Angry Woman Microwave Cleaner. Basically, just fill it with half water and half vinegar, place it on the microwave, and cook on high for 7-9 minutes. Steam will come out the top of her head, and by the time she's done, the microwave will be easily wiped clean with just a couple of paper towels.
Here's our Pinterest board with more gadget ideas for you!