Sep 28 2007

One potato, two potato, three potato, four


Whew! All that potato-cookin’ has me tired. And hungry. Good thing I have things to eat. I don’t really feel like posting any of the recipes, but if you really must have one, please ask and I’ll post it for ya.

I’ll post a photo and a cost break-down of each dish. I used my very best algebra skills to figure out the costs. Remember, I had one sack of potatoes and then a few already on hand. I figured the cost per spud to be .085 each.

Twice-baked potatoes:

  • 12 medium, symmetrical potatoes: $1.02
  • One stick margarine: .21
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese: $1.67
  • Total: $2.90
  • Servings: 20
  • Cost per serving: $0.15

Potato salad:

  • 10 small or weird-shaped potatoes $0.85
  • 4 hardboiled eggs .59
  • 2 sticks celery .20
  • Mayo and mustard of course, but I have no idea how much I paid for the mayo…so we’ll forget this in the total
  • Total: $1.64
  • Yield: 5 pounds
  • Let’s say a serving size is 6 ounces. Cost per serving is $0.13

Au gratin potatoes:

  • 9 smallish potatoes $0.765
  • 1 package cheese $1.67
  • 2 cups milk .90
  • Bread crumb topping
  • Total cost $3.34
  • Serves…8? Maybe?
  • Cost per serving $0.42

Potato wedges:

  • 8 large, weird-shaped potatoes $0.68
  • Seasonings
  • Total cost .68
  • Serves 8
  • Cost per serving $0.09

Bottom line:

The entire project cost $8.56 and took about 2.5 hours of mostly non-stop work. I only peeled potatoes for the salad, and while that took some time, it wasn’t as much as I thought. The wedges were the simplest to prepare, and the au gratins were the hardest, since I had to make the cheese sauce. Still, no biggie. Overall, it went well and I think if I find myself with a potato surplus again in the future, I’d do a marathon bake-off again. Just look at how cheap the servings are! Pretty cool.

Sep 27 2007

When you don’t have an elevator and you have 3,237 lbs. of groceries


Quick tip before I head off into the kitchen to cook potatoes forever:

We live on the third floor of our apartment building. All of those stairs can get old fast, especially when you have a bunch of heavy groceries to take up. If I put bag handles on my arms, they cut into them and also make it difficult to walk.

My solution: I keep a very sturdy laundry basket in my trunk when I go to the grocery. I put the bags in the basket, and carry it upstairs that way.

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