So I was at the farmer's market the other day and I realized how inexpensive some things are in when in season!
I can make 1 pound of organic kale chips (2 bunches of kale) for $4 + price of high smoke point oil and spices.
Commercial Kale Chips go for $6-8 for 3 oz that's $32-43 PER POUND
Live lobster - $10 for 1-1.25 pounds. Whole Food (Whole Wallet) sells just the tail at $39.99/pound!
I've even seen organic produce and wild seafood at discounters like Costco, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, BJs, etc.
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I'm impressed that I bought the next 6 months worth of meat (beef, pork, chicken, goat, and lamb) and fish, for $1200. That's $200 for 20 lbs of meat and 20 lbs of fish each month. Considering the quality-- fish caught that morning, meat raised biodynamically, including many fancy cuts-- that seems like an awesome deal to me.
All kinds of food are expensive here in Denmark. First of all, we pay fat taxes (great for paleo . . . :( ) and on top of that, we pay 25% VAT.
So that's about 30 kr.(~5 usd) per pound for the cheapest, most toxic beef. Yay.
Wild salmon is pushing on up there, especially at Whole Foods. I do better by buying fresh whole sockeye head off for $5.99/lb, filleting and freezing in water, and cooking the bones to recover meat and make stock. The window of time for those prices is short and you have to buy as much as you can store away when you see it.
I believe this Paleo thing is making me insane. Two years ago I decided that I would put food at the top of my priority list with no concerns with the costs of real, nutritious foods. Yesterday, I received a shipment from Blue Mountain Organics with three jars of nut butters: Sprouted, raw almond nut; Raw macadamia nut; and raw pistachio. Cost (with shipping) = $97.00 !!
And some of you are to blame, since it was a discussion of peanut butter replacements that motivated me to seek these out.
I haven't tried them yet but they sure look good.
I didn't know milk was so cheap (never drank milk in my life until may this year), and eggs here aren't very expensive either. Grapes, on the other hand, were a staggering 15$/pound and I bought 4 pounds without looking at the price :).
Sometimes oranges are really cheap too, 0.79$/kilo.
I've gotten used to buying mostly locally raised/grown food, so whenever I am at the grocery store I'm constantly amazed by a) how expensive non-local produce is (unless at our local Asian market), and b) how cheap CAFO meat is. Bleh.
only thing cheap around here ever, is wild salmon in season. Thats the only time to get it too, fishing is highly controlled. I got large salmon heads for free and sometimes 50 cents per head. Piece of salmon was 8 euros/kg.