Sep 28 2007

One potato, two potato, three potato, four

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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

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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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