Blackberries, We Love 'em

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  1. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
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    Just a regular trip today to 99-cent store, they must buy odd-lots and such, ya can't count on your usual product being there next time. Today, a find of finds! Frozen Blackberries, 12 oz. bags, 99 cents! They go for anywhere between $6.00 and $9.00 a pound in the big stores, so for $1.33 a lb., how could I resist? My wife sighed, but relented, asking how many do they have? I replied just enough! Cleaned out the freezer case:


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    No sugar or artificial ingredients added, no preservatives, "ingredients" say, "Blackberries". Let the checkout count them, 28 bags, about 21 lbs total. I crushed them up this afternoon, started a batch of Blackberry Wine, one of the tastiest, 8 gallons. MMM, MMMMM!

    My only lingering doubt was confirmed in tiny print: "Product of China".
    Frank





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    The dollar store that we usually go to has really high prices on everything in their food section, like over $3 for the pint of cottage cheese that is $1+ at Kroger’s or Wallyworld. Which dollar store do you guys go to that you find these great bargains, @Frank Sanoica ?
    I remember that Dollar Tree had some really good buys on food items; but we do not have one very close, and i do not go there very often. maybe I will have to start going there more often ?
     
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    @Yvonne Smith "Which dollar store do you guys go to that you find these great bargains"

    They are called "The 99-Cent Store"; first one was in Kingman, the one near us opened about 2 years ago. Nearly everything in the store is 99 cents. Including produce. Nice Cauliflower today, 99 cents a head. Bell peppers, any color, red, yellow, green, golden, 2 for 99 cents. And they're huge. We are having stuffed peppers tonight with filling made of ground turkey and "Cauliflower Rice"!

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    We could use one of those stores over here for sure. I bought 2 large heads of cauliflower at Albertsons a couple of weeks ago at 2 for $3 and that over here is a good price. Many times I pay nothing for a slightly bruised head of cauliflower from the country store where my husband and that's the best price of all. :)
     
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    We use to have 99 cent stores...but all turned into Dollar Trees...which I like real well. Was at Big Lots last week. Considered buying some ritz like crackers...until I saw they were made in India. Um no thanks.
     
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    We have all of those stores but I haven't been in one in a long time. There is one huge 99. Ent store that's near the University and it's probably the best one....


    Maybe because a lot of college kids shop there. It's about 5 miles from me...too far, lol.

    Also, while I used to worry about products from China etc....I'm not so picky since I read horror stories about our food also.

    Just recently there was a big recall on veggies but because of the plastic bags they were in were contaminated with listeria.

    There is always a recall about something or other..our standards don't seem to be so great either or they're not followed.
     
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    @Gloria Mitchell
    No Indian foodstuffs, Eh? Lately, I've softened my previous stand about imported foods. Years ago, it was widely known that Mexico still permitted widespread use off DDT, long after it had been banned here. So, those beautiful Mexican produce items available here during the colder times of the year were a no-no in my diet. Not sure whether the bad stuff is still used down there or not, but in recent times I've bought and eaten Mexico-produced produce......(wonder if that's a double something or other?). I rationalize the Chinese produced Blackberries as OK for wine, believing the alcohol will destroy any bad stuff present! :rolleyes:

    It might interest you to know that one of the largest industries in India is that of production of medical drug preparations. A significant % of the prescription drugs sold here are actually produced in India, and repackaged under each drug company's name, then distributed here to the pharmacies.
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    @Frank Sanoica ..aside from Aleve on ocassion I don't take any meds.:Dyet:D
     
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    @Gloria Mitchell
    Then you need not worry about food OR drugs made in India!
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