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Old 09-26-2005, 08:39 PM   #1
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My wife and I are tired of the outrageously high price of groceries. Currently our budget is whooping at over $600 a month. Add to this all the hormones, growth additives, biogenetic engineering in the food today and you can't tell what you are really eating unless you grow and prepare it yourself. Of course organic and non-adulterated foods cost more in our warped society.

To counter this, we are making several big changes in how we obtain food and what we eat. This year we had a friend raise us a pig so we can get organic pork at ~$2.00 a pound as opposed to ~$5.00-$7.00 a pound. The pig should be processed early next month. We also get organic turkey, chicken and rabbit meat from local growers. Next year we will be looking to share a steer with another family. We also started making our own bread. We haven't bought a loaf of bread in a month. Instead we bought 25 pounds of flour at $4.25 compared to $3.00 or more for a loaf of bread. Each batch in our bread machine takes 3-4 cups and I figure 25 pounds will probably be good for almost 4-6 months worth of bread for our family. We will probably be making our own jams and jellies next year as well as preserving vegetables when they are in-season since the price is like 80% of what it is during the off-season and we can grow a lot in our own garden. We are also going to work on weening our children off of prepared sweets and back into the fold of homebaked goods.

I have always enjoyed cooking and rarely follow a recipe 100% as I always have to experiment. No two meals are the same in our house.


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Old 09-26-2005, 08:55 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to DC Wayne Luke. I believe we have met before... enjoy your stay!

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Old 09-26-2005, 09:04 PM   #3
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Welcome to our site - browse around and tear out a few recipes - I don't think anyone will notice!

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Old 09-26-2005, 09:11 PM   #4
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Welcome!! I hope you find this a useful site. I think we all have!!! Enjoy your stay!
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Old 09-26-2005, 09:16 PM   #5
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It's great to have you here Wayne!
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Old 09-26-2005, 10:19 PM   #6
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Old 09-26-2005, 10:28 PM   #7
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Sounds like your family is going to be working together to do accomplish this task...and that is great in itself! Give them all a hug and good luck on your goals....of pure food. Glad you're here!
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Old 09-26-2005, 10:47 PM   #8
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welcome to dc wayne luke
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Old 09-27-2005, 04:46 AM   #9
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Glad to have you here, Wayne Luke!
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Old 09-27-2005, 07:14 AM   #10
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Welcome to DC, WayneLuke!!
I know what you mean about grocery prices, they are rediculous.
Hope you stay and enjoy the forum!! Envite your wife to join in also.


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