Freezing food was one of the giant steps in bringing nutritious, delicious food to many people. Before the invention of ice making equipment you were limited to what fresh food you could get and cook each day. In rural areas you might can food or store some items in a root cellar. In the early 1920s home refrigerators were invented, and by the 1940s most had a freezer compartment, leading to the expansion of the frozen food industry. Today, there seems a limitless array of frozen foods.
Are frozen foods as nutritious as freshly cooked? This depends on many factors. Vegetables now are usually frozen only minutes after being picked, while it may take many days for “fresh” items to be trucked or flown from their fields to distribution centers, and on to the stores, where they may sit around even longer before making it to the produce bins. Then again some things like peas and green beans freeze better than others like eggplant or lettuce. It is safe to say that never in the history of the world has there been such a variety of food available to so many people, and much of that is frozen.
Not to mention ice cream!
Of course, you don’t have to purchase your frozen foods. You can make items and then freeze them yourself. Here’s a quick "How To" lesson in freezing foods properly.
All local stores feature specials in their frozen food departments this week.
Safeway has a $5 Friday March 9 and a page of clip or click coupons. Fry’s has 2 full pages of digital coupons, and a couple of digitals that are only good on Saturday. Fry’s also still has selected items on a Buy 4 Get $4 off deal.
This Wednesday is Senior Discount Day at Fry’s and Safeway, Patrons over 55 get 10% off their whole order.
St.Patrick’s Day is coming—Watch for all foods Irish.
Links & Definitions:
March 7: Cereal Day, Crown Roast of Pork Day
March 8: Peanut Cluster Day
March 9: Meatball Day, Crabmeat Day
March 10: Pack Your Lunch Day, Blueberry Popover Day
March 11: Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day
March 12: Baked Scallops Day Napping Day)
March 13: Coconut Torte Day
March 14: Pi Day, Potato Chip Day
Broiled Cod (or other fish)
Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream
A Good Technique Demo
(I’d use non-stick foil.)
Everything Anyone Might Want to Know About Artichokes
5 Minute Frozen Yogurt
Recipe: Cheesy Pasta
Super Easy but Very Tasty
Makes 3 servings
1 1/2 cups small pasta (Fusilli, elbows, or bow ties)
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Add Pasta. Cook al dente. Drain all water. Place pasta back in pan. Add butter and oil. Stir together. Add salt and pepper. Serve with cheese.
Items On Sale
Artichokes $5/3 @ Safeway FRIDAY MARCH 9 ONLY
Fresh Cod $7.99/ lb @ Sprouts
Fresh Tilapia, Dover Sole, Rockfish $6.99/lb @ Safeway (weather permitting)
Fresh Tilapia $4.99/lb, Fresh Salmon $6.99/lb @ Fry’s
Ice Cream $2.99 Simple Truth, 16 oz, $2, Dreyer’s or Turkey Hill 48 oz @ Fry’s wi Digital Coupon
Blue Bunny Ice Cream $2.99/46-48 0z, $3.99/16 oz Ben & Jerry, @ Safeway
Tillamook Ice Cream, Gelato & Novelties $4.49/each @ Sprouts
Chicken and Rice Casserole
Spinach and Arugula Salad
Turnovers (frozen, fixed according to directions)
A Classic Casserole
Recipe: Spinach and Arugula Salad
1 Bag of Baby Spinach andArugula mix
6 strips of bacon, cooked crisp
1 or 2 Ripe Avocados, sliced
Blue Cheese Crumbles (Optional)
Cook Bacon. If you have not tried the oven cooking method you should. I line a sheet pan with foil. Pre-heat oven to 375º. Lay Bacon strips in pan. Cook 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness. Turn strips over. Cook 5 -10 minutes until done. Let Cool. Crumble into large pieces.
Place greens in bowl. Arrange avocados, tomatoes, bacon and blue cheese (if using) on top.
Serve with oil and vinegar on the side.
Items On Sale
Chicken—BLSL Thighs $1.99 @ Safeway, $1.77/lb @ Sprouts, BLSL Breasts $1.99 @ Safeway
Chicken Tenders $2.99 @ Sprouts
Bone in Whole Chickens and Parts $.77/lb @ Safeway, $.88/lb @ Fry’s
Avocados 3 for $1 @ Sprouts, $.77/eacg @ Safeway
Bacon—Oscar Meyer 4.49 @ Safeway, (clip or click coupon) Pederson’s Uncured, $5.99 @ Sprouts, $4.49, Hormel (digital coupon) @ Fry’s
Grape Tomatoes, $1.99/10oz @ Fry’s
Cheese, $1/pkg, Lucerne Chunk, Sliced or Shredded, @ Safeway FRIDAY ONLY, 1st 5
Cheese, Kraft & Cracker barrel, $2.50 @ Safeway select varieties
Cheese $2.99/lb.@ Sprouts, bulk in Deli
Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes
Garlic and Cheese Toast
One Pot Pasta Dinner
Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
Steamed Brown Rice
Pie (frozen, prepared according to directions, garnished as desired)
Pork Chops with Apples & Onions
Items On Sale
Frozen Pie, Edward’s $5/each @ Safeway
Pork Chops—Boneless, $2.99/lb @ Sprouts, $2.49/lb @ Safeway
Pork Chops, Bone In$2.49/lb 2 Fry’s, $1.99/lb @ Safeway
Tomatoes on-the-vine, 42.99/lb 2 Safeway (organic), $1.48/lb 2 Sprouts
Bell Peppers, $.98/each @ Sprouts
Apples, Honeycrisp $1.50/lb, Sprouts; $1.99/lb @ Fry’s
Corned Beef Brisket
Corned Beef—Baked not Boiled
Items On Sale
Beef Brisket $3.99/lb @ Fry’s & Sprouts
Cabbage #.25/lb @ Sprouts
Soda Bread $2.502 Sprouts
Whole Canteloupe $.88/each @ Fry’s
Blueberries, 6 oz box $.88 @ Fry’s, $2 @ Sprouts
Strawberries, 1 lb box— $2.99 (organic) Fry’s, $.97 @ Safeway (limit 2), $2 @ Sprouts
Raspberries $1/6 oz box, first 5—FRIDAY MARCH 9 ONLY
Yellow Mangos 3 for $1 @ Sprouts
Grapes, Red or Green $2.99/lb @ Safeway
Bananas (organic $.79/lb @ Safeway
Pan Seared Steak
Frozen Fries (Regular or Sweet Potato)
Steamed Broccoli or Cauliflower
Items On Sale
See Fruit Above
Sirloin Steak @7.99/lb @ Sprouts
T-Bone or New York Strip Steak $4.97/lb @ Safeway, $5.77/lb @ Fry’s
Broccoli or Cauliflower $.98/lb @ Sprouts