The Frugal Foodie’s #FoodieFind Feb 6, 2015: How to Save Money at Asian Markets

Lumpia

Many of us would like to cook authentic Asian dishes at home, but sometimes the ingredients are hard to find. And if you haven’t learned by now, the mainstream grocery stores are overcharging you double, sometimes triple what you would pay at the Asian markets. So on this episode, I’ll be sharing some dishes for a simple, healthy menu that is inexpensive, flavorful, and fun for your guests. And I’ll talk in depth about the ingredients: what to look for, cooking tips, brands I recommend, and where to buy them to save money!

I’ll also be sharing the Rola Family Lumpia Recipe, also known as Filipino Spring Rolls, and walking you through step-by-step so you can make them at home. Over the years people have begged me for the recipe, and I’m sharing it with you on this show. Anyone who has tasted my family’s lumpia, is never satisfied with egg rolls or spring rolls served in a restaurant ever again! And to go with it, you’ll learn the Ilocano Filipino traditional dipping sauce, plus the common mainstream restaurant-style sauce. I’ll also share other variations of egg rolls or spring rolls from Southeast Asia that you may not have tried before, and are equally simple, tasty, and addictive! Some of these options are even Gluten-Free!

There are even more brands of soy & fish sauce than there are brands of American breakfast cereals, so I’ll give you the names of brands that I recommend, and places where you can find them.

And of course what food gathering is complete without some kind of dessert? So I will be sharing my recipes for Matcha Green Tea Blondies, other Asian desserts that include Gluten-Free options that your guest will love!

Come listen on February 6, 2015, for this episode of “The Frugal Foodie Show” for the CookingNetwork.Club on BlogTalkRadio.com!

Bargains for the week of June 9 – June 15

BEN & JERRY’S Chocolate Fudge Brownie QUART $1.99 at GROCERY OUTLET!!!
This is NOT a pint, but a FULL QUART!  I don’t know how they do it, but DO let them know their efforts are appreciated!  They also have Delice de France Double Creme Brie 16 oz. & Alouette Brie 20 oz. $3.99! (or $3.19/lb.)  Also a better bargain than the Delice, are the smaller wheels of Alouette Baby Brie Original & Baby Brie with Herbs both at 13.2 oz. $2.99!!!  (or $3.62/lb.)  Still, any one of these bries still beats out the lowest priced brie at either Trader Joe’s or Costco!

Bing Cherries – Sprouts $.99/lb.  Last week Frazier Farms had the cherries at $.99/lb. and now their price is up to $1.49/lb.  The same can be said for the price of blackberries and blueberries.

Blueberries – Stater Brothers $2.99/18 oz. pkg. I almost missed this.  I didn’t whip out my calculator until the last minute, & then realized that this calculates to $.73/4.4 oz. pkg. and beats Frazier Farms $.99/4.4 oz pkg.  Last week Sprouts had blackberries, blueberries, & raspberries on sale for $.99/4.4 oz. pkg, and now their price is up to $1.50/4.4 oz. pkg.  (And shame on you if you didn’t grab some raspberries at that price, cuz I’d be surprised if we saw that price again this season!)

Boneless Chuck Roast – Ralphs $1.99/lb.

Boneless London Broil – Stater Brothers $1.97/lb., Albertsons $1.99/lb.

Bargains for the week of June 2 – June 8

I see that Albertsons currently has a BOGO, or “Buy One Get One FREE” sale. When you see a good deal, always take the time to figure out the cost per pound.  Albertsons three different price tiers for their meats: Select, Choice and Choice Angus (Stockman & Dakota).  Like Vons, Albertons “brands” their Choice Angus beef to distinguish it from their cheaper Select grade of beef. Albertsons BOGO Boneless Chuck Steaks sounded like a good deal until I called the meat dept. & found you had to buy the “MaxPak” quantity of Stockman & Dakota at $6.49/lb.  so that is just under $3.25/lb. and $1.38/lb. more than Food for Less.

Boneless Beef Chuck Steaks – Food for Less $1.87/lb. And the next best price is Von’s Rancher’s Reserve $2.27/lb.

Red Cherries – Frazier Farms $.99/lb. This is not a good deal, this is an awesome bargain! The regular price at other grocery stores has been $1.99/lb. – $2.50/lb.

Yellow Peaches -Food for Less $.77/lb. This is another awesome bargain because the regular price has been hovering around $2.49/lb.

Raspberries, Blackberries, Bluberries – Sprouts $.99/6 oz. basket

Here is a recipe for Bulgogi Beef marinade that you can use with the beef. This is enough for 1 lb. of beef or one of last week’s bargain chickens from Stater Bro. Marinate the thinly sliced beef, or the chicken cut into serving pieces, at least 2 hours or overnight in the frig. Bring meat in marinade to room temperature before grilling.

Bulgogi Beef Marinade
Mix thoroughly until dissolved:
•3 Tbsp chopped garlic (about 2 cloves)
•3 Tbsp soy sauce
•2 Tbsp sugar
•1 Tbsp honey
•2 Tbsp fresh squeezed juice from an Asian pear
•1 Tbsp Japanese rice wine (mirin)*
•1 Tbsp sesame oil
•3 green onions, finely chopped (including white part)
•1 tsp pepper

Here is a reprint of my Super Easy Fruit Cobbler recipe for those the peaches and berries:

Super Easy Fruit Cobbler
1 stick melted butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
4 C. 1 inch pieces of fruit or berries
Mix all the above together and pour over fruit or berries. Then sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over batter. Pour 1/2 cup water over sugar and batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Note: For really watery fruit like strawberries, pour only 1/4 water over sugar and batter.

Terree’s Frugal Foodie Finds Wed April 28 – May 4

I like to share the really big bargains at the grocery store (plus recipes they can use with these ingredients) with my friends.
Vons – only Sat May 1st & Sun May 2nd
$2.99/lb. Frozen Medium Shrimp – we just feasted on shrimp recently, but what about shrimp cocktails or shrimp scampi on pasta this summer? These are sold frozen in 2 lb. bags $5.98 each. You can keep in the freezer until we do a seafood get together, or defrost at your leisure for an inexpensive treat for dinner. If you must have large shrimp, then see Frazier Farms below.

2/88 cents Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna – I prefer Solid White Tuna, but at THIS price, I can stand to mix it with a little mayo, Dijon Truffle Mustard (for kick), and slap it on some whole wheat bread with sprouts. Or put it on 1/2 an avocado.

2/$1 Large Hass Avocados – put in a salad, a sandwich, or some of the tuna salad above on 1/2 an avocado.

$1.99 for Safeway Select Artisan Angel Food – top a slice with berries and Fat Free Cool Whip, FF Vanilla Pudding, or my favorite – Yoplait Lemon Yogurt with some berries to make a guilt free dessert.

4/$1 CORN – Frazier Farms has the same price, and usually sweeter.

Albertsons
$3.97/lb. New York Steaks – these cuts I find are best BBQ’d. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to me that it is quite warm enough for BBQ’ing yet.

$1.99/lb. select Lean Cuisine – for those of you who want low calorie convenience. As cheap at fast food, but better for you.

$3.99/lb. Wild Alaskan Cod – if you didn’t get enough fish last Sunday, this is a wonderful mild, white fleshed fish. Cod (or pollack or halibut) can be used to make Poor Man’s Lobster (recipe below)

$0.59/lb. Chicken Leg Quarters – these are sold in frozen 10 lb. bags. This is tough for singles to take advantage of unless you are willing to eat a lot of chicken legs, or have a lot of people over who eat dark meat. (Last month, I bought 10 lbs. of fresh chicken leg quarters at $0.39/lb. (cooked half, froze half)

Bargain & REDBOX Fans NOTE: Look for the EARN $5 OFF your next shopping trip PLUS 5 FREE Redbox one night rentals when you buy $20 or more of participating products.* Several of these products are at a great price and (most of) you WILL need them eventually, and they won’t spoil before then. (*Tide, Charmin, Bounty, Tampax, Bounce, Febreeze, etc.) It is tough for singles to meet the quantity/dollar amount requirements sometimes, so combine with a friend or neighbor!

Frazier Farms
10/$10 – Artichokes
4/$1 – Corn, never have been disappointed by the flavor of their corn. Always sweet!
$5.99/lb. Jumbo Wild Mexican White Shrimp 21-15 count – for those who must have the larger shrimp.
$1.89/lb. Fresh All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – you may see this as low as $1.77/lb. occasionally at Albertsons, but the meats at Frazier Farms are always natural without hormones, added water weight, etc.
$2.99/lb. Bonelss Beef Short Ribs – it’s cold, it’s still stew time. And this cut is particularly flavorful in a stew or in the slow cooker with BBQ sauce.

NOTE: every store is having some Cinco de Mayo “Specials” and though there are some good deals, I didn’t see any big bargains to rave about. If you are going to buy flour tortillas, Vons has Mission Flour Soft Taco Tortillas 99 cents. However, I much prefer the Guerrero Requisimas Flour Tortillas 99 cents at Albertsons, and I’ll tell you why.

When you pull a Mission tortilla in half, you get a break that can best be described as cracking along a crumb line. When you pull a Guerrero tortilla in half, you get more of a tearing along a flake line. That is because the Guerrero tortilla has more gluten. The difference in quality becomes even more pronounced when you warm each over an open flame, and do a blind tasting with a little butter.

Poor Man’s Lobster
white fleshed fish (Cod, Pollack, halibut) cut in chunks
2 quarts water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup salt
Juice of 1 lemon

Combine water, salt, sugar and lemon juice in large kettle; bring to boil. Drop in the fish and boil, just until fish rises to the surface. Serve with melted butter and lemon juice.

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