$1,013.68 was the grand total for our November 2014 organic food spending. I bought a number of goodies this month, including organic masa corn flour, organic masa taco shells, and some Real Salt. They were all bulk purchases, and I anticipate the corn flour and taco shells will last us a year!
Why organic masa corn flour and taco shells, you might be asking. . .
Well, I became curious about corn flour so I did a quick Wikipedia search on it. Turns out, corn was traditionally ALWAYS dried and then soaked in lime before ingesting. Soaking the flour in lime (not citrus lime; the mineral ‘lime’- also known as calcium hydroxide) causes it to become alkaline, softening the outer hull of each corn kernel and releasing the nutrients in the corn.
After reading this, I felt well,
stupid ignorant, for eating all the unsoaked corn products that I normally eat. This includes our beloved organic tortilla chips which we purchase in bulk from Costco. 🙁 They’re not soaked in lime, so they’re probably very hard to digest.
Could this be related to the fact that corn is a common food allergen?
It also made me wonder if fresh corn itself was even meant to be eaten as a vegetable side dish? I mean, is it a grain and not a vegetable?
OK, now this post is just getting corny.
This month I also tried Bountiful Baskets for the first time! I ordered two baskets. They were OK. I ordered some bulk organic pears, and they were so underripe that we couldn’t even eat them. So that was a major disappointment.
I also found that most of what was in the boxes was organic produce that I could find at local grocery stores. And the cost was about the same as going to the store and picking it out myself.
Here’s the cost breakdown for organic food spending in November, 2014. . .
Amazon Grocery– $89.43 ( 5 lb. organic masa corn flour, 10 boxes taco shells, and Real Salt)
Azure Standard– $0
Bountiful Baskets– $110.00
Trader Joe’s– $
Truth Hill Farm– $151.65
Trader Joe’s– $46.11
Super 1 Foods– $7.21