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Old 08-03-2018, 10:02 AM   #31
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Living in Dallas, I know I can't buy "fresh" seafood, unless I want to spend a fortune. I am perfectly fine with frozen. Like you, I want to buy it still frozen, and thaw it out right before I cook it.

I buy frozen, wild caught Gulf shrimp all the time. I always buy it shell on. It is more work, but if the shrimp is pre-shelled, the texture isn't as good when cooked, IMO.

I am also able to buy fish filets that are vacuum packed and frozen. Those work out well, too. Again, I thaw them at the last minute. They thaw fast.

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I buy the vacuum packed fillets too. Since Walmart my only option within 2 hours from home, it's the best I can do. I like the mahi-mahi fillets best. When we still lived in Denver, I'd watch for sales at King Soopers (Kroger) and get a whole frozen mahi-mahi fillet, usually about 24 inches long, hard as a board.

Since the big commercial fishing boats all freeze their catch immediately on board, that's about the freshest you can get if you live away from the coast, and to be honest, I really can't tell it from fresh. I had fresh when we lived in the Bahamas, and I didn't really notice a significant difference. My wife doesn't eat fish, so I'm my only critic.
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Old 08-03-2018, 10:10 AM   #32
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Me too! Mom collected green stamps obsessively. Cutting them up and pasting them into the little books was my chore.

I know Mom redeemed them, but I canít remember what for...
We had Green Stamps in Minnesota, but we also had Gold Bond Stamps, which were essentially the same thing in a rival company. I know that my mother almost exclusively shopped stores and gas stations that gave Green Stamps, but we always collected a few books of Gold Bond stamps as well.

I think that at one time, most of the glassware and dishes in the house were bought by redeeming stamps. Mom was quite frugal, born of necessity.
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Old 08-06-2018, 03:47 AM   #33
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My favorite memory of really fresh fish is when my second commercial fishing husband brought home about ten pounds of fresh Haddock from the last haul. When they dropped the net on the aft deck, that huge fish was it still fighting to get back into the sea. Instead it made it to our supper table all ready to be deep fried. Hubby gutted and cut it all up for me to cook. There had to be at least ten pounds on that platter in the middle of the table.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:18 PM   #34
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That is a nice display of meat offerings, jd. Like others have said, though, I don't buy anything pre-made like that. I'm cheap, and I'll admit it. The idea of spending $8.99 a pound for green peppers or onions goes against my grain. Still, they sure look pretty.
Yeah I don't buy too much of the pre-seasoned meats. I season my own stuff. Some of the items in the pretty case are the same prices as the stuff out in the case.

I think they want $6/pound for their pre-formed and pre-seasoned hamburger patties whereas you can buy regular hamburger for like $3 to $4 a pound and season it yourself.

Giant Eagle does have a nice deal on meats -- 5 items for $20. And this includes a nice selection -- pack of bacon, chicken, pork, 1.5 to 2 pounds of hamburger, brats, chops, etc.. Each of these items are usually $5 to $6 each so you're saving at least $5 to $10.

Today I got 2 things of bacon, hamburger, Italian Sausage, and some chops -- all for $20. Wife loves bacon, so we go through a pack a week.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:21 PM   #35
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We had Green Stamps in Minnesota, but we also had Gold Bond Stamps, which were essentially the same thing in a rival company. I know that my mother almost exclusively shopped stores and gas stations that gave Green Stamps, but we always collected a few books of Gold Bond stamps as well.

I think that at one time, most of the glassware and dishes in the house were bought by redeeming stamps. Mom was quite frugal, born of necessity.
I think a lot of supermarkets had their own free line of glassware that you could earn by spending money there. They sort of had their own line of stamps for that chain of grocery stores. IGA still had their own line of glassware until just a few years ago when our local IGA closed.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:59 PM   #36
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I think a lot of supermarkets had their own free line of glassware that you could earn by spending money there. They sort of had their own line of stamps for that chain of grocery stores. IGA still had their own line of glassware until just a few years ago when our local IGA closed.
Back in the late 80s, one of the major oil companies (I think it was Mobil) gave glassware to people who bought 20-bucks worth of gas. I had a Silverado pickup that held 42 gallons. I filled up, and got two glasses. I eventually had to give them to friends, because my glassware cupboard was full.

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Do you folks remember Welch's Jelly jar glasses? That's what my sister an I drank from as kids.

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Do you folks remember Welch's Jelly jar glasses? That's what my sister an I drank from as kids.

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I’ll bet you those are worth money!
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Iíll bet you those are worth money!
They are all over eBay. They are worth a few bucks, each -- not big money.

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Do you folks remember Welch's Jelly jar glasses? That's what my sister an I drank from as kids...
My SIL has a couple with Peanuts Gang motif. She uses them when we drink wine. I put mine back (before she pours the wine) and get myself a right proper wine glass - an on the rocks glass. I'm like a rangy giraffe and don't play well with stemmed glassware.
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