Deals on Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

A healthy dose of fruits and vegetables is important to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle. Fruits are an excellent alternative to junk food. Make a conscious decision to replace your mid-day urge to munch on unhealthy food by stocking up on fruits in your home. You can even go a step further and divide portions of fresh fruits in small zip lock bags. This way you can grab a bag on your way out, and save a considerable amount of money on impulse purchase. Small changes in lifestyle go a long way in making the body’s immunity stronger, and this will do wonders for your weekly budget!

Check out cool deals on fruits and vegetables this week. Stock up for the week and take one step towards a robust and fresh lifestyle.

 

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Image @ Foodbasics

TOP DEAL THIS WEEK: Fresh Carrots 5 Lb. Bag $1.98 each @FoodBasics.

Cello Carrots 99¢ for 1 Lb bag @MetFoods

Fresh Whole Carrots 5 Lb. Bag 3.98 each @Pathmark

 

Potatoes @ MetFood

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TOP DEAL THIS WEEK: Eastern Potatoes 99¢ 5Lb bag @ MetFoods

Eastern White Potatoes 5 Lb. Bag $1.48 each or Fancy Yellow Onions 3 Lb. Bag 1.48 each @FoodBasics

Southern Sweet Potatoes 68¢ lb @Pathmark NOTE: 3 DAY SALE ONLY! Limit 4 lbs., Additional Quantities & Rest of Week 98¢ lb., with card!

 

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Large Golden Pineapples $1.48 each @Foodbasics

Del Monte Extra Sweet Gold Pineapple 1.98 each @Pathmark.

NOTE: 3 DAY SALE ONLY at Pathmark. Rest of Week $2.98 each, with card!

 

 

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Image @ Foodbasic

Fresh Lemons 3 for 98¢ @Foodbasics

The natural acidity in a lemon prevents it from spoiling as fast as many other fruit juices. However there are ways to preserve your fresh squeezed lemon juice and make it last even longer.  This article suggests a practical and simple way of storing the juice of a lemon.

Lemon juice is a super alternative to sodas. It’s way healthier and provides the body with a spurt of energy you instantly.  With this easy method at hand, you can instantly whip out the lemon juice, add cold water and quench your thirst!

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GOOD DEAL: Green Plantains 4 for 98¢ @Foodbasics Good for Frying. Limit 2 Offers

Little known fact: Although Plantains belong to the banana family they are a starchy, low-sugar fruit. Plantains are used and consumed more like a potato than their sweeter cousin!

Here are 10 easy recipes to make with green plantains !

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GOOD DEAL: Golden Ripe Premium Bananas 49 ¢ LB @KeyFoods

Little known fact: As per this article, eating a banana can cheer you up! Banana’s are packed with a combination of acids and vitamins which produce a natural chemical in the human body, seratonin, that alleviates mental depression!

In addition it is also one of the easier foods to carry in your bag! Eat a banana and stay  happy.

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Image @ Foodbasics

Red Ripe Strawberries $1.88 each @FoodBasics.

Red Ripe Strawberries 1.98, 16 oz. container with card @Pathmark!

 

 

 

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Large Broccoli $1.48 each @FoodBasics

Large Broccoli 1.98 each @Pathmark

 

 

 

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Extra Large Red Delicious Apples 98¢ lb. @FoodBasics

Granny Smith Apples 1.49 LB @KeyFoods

Large Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji or Braeburn Apples 1.98 lb. @Pathmark

 

 

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Large Northwest Packham Pears 98¢ lb. @FoodBasics.

Bosc Pears 1.49 LB @KeyFoods

 

 

 

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Jumbo Red Papaya 98¢ lb. @Foodbasics

 

 

 

 

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Chayote Squash 2 for 98¢ @FoodBasics

 

 

 

 

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Red Seedless Grapes $1.98 lb. @FoodBasics

Red Globe Seeded Grapes 1.99 LB @KeyFoods

 

 

 

 

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GOOD DEAL: Large Cucumbers 2 for 88¢ @FoodBasics

 

 

 

 

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Stock up on vegetables from MetFoods. GOOD DEAL on vegetables! Stock up on your green for under $1 for an LB!

Fresh Green Beans 99¢ Lb

Plum Tomatoes 99¢ Lb

Iceberg Lettuce 99¢

Fresh Radishes 99¢ bunch

Fresh Cilantro 99¢ bunch

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Image @ Foodbasics

Large Celery $1.28 each @FoodBasics

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Long Green Asparagus 1.99 LB @ KeyFoods

 

 

 

 

Great deals on produce this week! Especially at FoodBasics! If you availed a deal and did not see it here give me a shout. Happy to hear from you!

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Grocery Circular Roundup

Saving on Weekly groceries is not easy especially as means hopping between many stores to avail the best deal. It’s time-consuming, tiresome and requires a lot of effort. But! (Yes, there’s a ‘but’) But, at the end of the day when you tally your bills, and see all that you’ve saved it feels good and worth that extra effort.

We try to make your weekly chore a little easier by rounding up the best deals from Pathmark, MetFoods, KeyFoods, FoodBasics and Associated Supermarkets in Brooklyn. Take a peek at the value deals before you head out, and save precious time making your own lists!

 

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Goya Beans 68¢ (Includes Low Sodium Assorted Varieties) 15 oz. @FoodBasics. Goya Green Pigeon Peas (15 oz.) $1.08

Great deal! There cans are so handy especially during weekday cooking when you have hundred other chores to do. Make a healthy and quick meal for your family using Goya cans!

 

 

 

 

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Image @ Foodbasics

Smithfield Smoked Ham, Bone-In Shank Portion 68¢ lb. @Foodbasic (Limit 1) and 78¢ lb. @Pathmark

Note for FoodBasics & Pathmark: 3 Day Sale Price Valid 18 -20 April 2014, Additional Purchase of $25 required. *Exclusions apply. See back of circular or store manager for details [Additional Quantities and Rest of Week $1.28 lb.]

 

 

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Grade A Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs 88¢ lb. Jumbo Pack @FoodBasics

 

 

 

 

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Red Pack Canned Tomatoes 98¢ each (28-29 oz.) or Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce (16-24 oz.) Assorted Varieties @FoodBasics

Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce 98¢ each Assorted Varieties (16-24 oz.) with card @Pathmark as well! This pasta sauce tastes delicious. It comes in many different flavours but like I had mentioned in an earlier blog I’m a big fan of ­­Tomato, Garlic & Onion flavour. It stores well so I would recommended buying a couple of jars and stocking up!

 

 

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Image @ Pathmark

San Giorgio Pasta 98¢ each with card @Pathmark! (Excludes Lasagna, Jumbo Shells or Manicotti) Assorted Varieties (12-16 oz.) Mix & Match

 

 

 

 

 

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America’s Choice® Barbecue Sauce 98¢ each (18 oz.) or America’s Choice® Hot Sauce (12 oz.) Assorted Varieties with card @Pathmark!

Hunts Barbeque Sauce 98¢ 18 oz. bottle @MetFoods

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Image @ Pathmark

Wish-Bone Salad Dressing 98¢ Assorted Varieties, 8 fl. oz. with card! *Hidden Valley Ranch Assorted Varieties 4.98 (20-24 fl. oz.) with card @Pathmark!

 

 

 

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Birds Eye Select Steamfresh or Poly Bag Vegetables 98¢ Assorted Varieties, 10-16 oz. with card @Pathmark!

America’s Choice® Steamable Vegetables 98¢ Assorted Varieties 12 oz. @FoodBasics

 

 

 

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America’s Choice® Frozen Boxed Vegetables 98¢ Assorted Varieties, 9-10 oz. with card @Pathmark!

 

 

 

 

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KeyFood Sugar 1.69 for 4 Lb bag Granulated with club card @KeyFoods. Limit 1 Offer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix (32-35 oz.) $1.88 each @FoodBasics Assorted Varieties Your Choice or Mix Match. Limit 4 Each

Note: ADDITIONAL PURCHASE OF $15.00 REQUIRED. *Exclusions apply. See back of circular or store manager for details

 

 

 

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Aunt Jemima Pancake Syrup (24 fl. oz.) $1.88 each @FoodBasics Assorted Varieties Your Choice or Mix Match. Limit 4 Each

Note: ADDITIONAL PURCHASE OF $15.00 REQUIRED. *Exclusions apply. See back of circular or store manager for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Philadelphia Cream Cheese Bar 1.99 for 8 Oz package Original or 1/3 Less Fat (Excluding Fat Free) with Club card @KeyFoods. Limit 2 Offers

 

 

 

Know of a good deal that is missing here? Let me know and I will be sure to add it. Good deals on produce for this week coming soon!

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Homemade Yogurt

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Ok, I admit when I first came to New York I was baffled how to set yogurt. Setting yogurt at home is the norm* in India – my family does it, everybody my family knows does it, and everyone that they know does it. Yes, really! It’s as simple as that. But, setting a fresh batch of yogurt with a tablespoon of the previous batch is the only way I know how to set yogurt.

So when I encountered this first world problem of setting curd without a tablespoon of the previous batch, I was stumped. Scouting the internet didn’t help. One recipe suggested using 6 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice, instead of the starter curd. This ended up curdling the milk, which did not set well. And, the taste was horrible, if I may add.

This is a recipe of homemade yogurt made using a tablespoon of yogurt, in the hope that someone will help me figure out the mystery – How to Set Yogurt Without Starter Curd. Making yogurt at home is so simple and budget friendly. When you’ve done it once you will never go back to store bought yogurt again. Yes, really.

Ingredients

4 Cups Milk (I use Tuscan Whole Milk. As per an article in The Worlds Healthiest Food’s website, higher milk fat content in the yogurt makes it smoother and creamier. You can also use low-fat or skim milk)

1 Tbsp Plain Yogurt (Yes, you will have to buy plain yogurt to set the first batch)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 365 F (180 Celsius) for 2 minutes and turn it off.

2. Bring milk to a rolling boil in an open pan. Take it off the heat, and allow it to cool.

2. When the milk is lukewarm add 1 Tbsp of yogurt and mix well. Ensure that the yogurt blends in with the milk. (Note: If you add the yogurt to the milk when it is still hot, the yogurt bacteria will die and yogurt will not set.)

3. Transfer the milk yogurt mixture to a container with a lid, and place it in the pre-heated over for 5 hours.

4. After 5 hours place the container in the refrigerator for 2 hours to cool, and become firm.

Tada! Fresh homemade yogurt is set!

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Image Source @Amelia Winslow (stonyfield.com)

Eat plain yogurt with sugar or add fruits or cereal to it for breakfast. Check out innovative ways to dress up yogurt for breakfast at this website, or try Super Seedy Granola with Almonds, Cherries and Coconut with Homemade Yogurt and Fresh Berries recipe if you are up for a challenge.

Yogurt is delicious and healthy, and making it at home keeps a check on your budget too! How do you like to eat yogurt? Share your favourite yogurt recipes with us!

*Author’s Note: Not everyone makes yogurt at home in India. Although it is a vastly popular, people do purchase it from stores out of convenience.

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Save This Week

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Ronzoni Pasta 88¢ (Excludes Lasagna, Jumbo Shells, Manicotti and Gluten Free) Assorted Varieties, 9-16 oz. with card @Pathmark!

 

 

 

 

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Image @ Pathmark

Frozen Whole Turkeys 88¢ lb. Grade A, 18-20 lb. Average Limit 2, with card @Pathmark!

 

 

 

 

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America’s Choice® Salt 48¢ Plain or Iodized, 26 oz. with card @Pathmark!

 

 

 

 

 

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Domino 4 Lb. Sugar Bag 1.68 64 oz. with card @Pathmark!

 

 

 

 

 

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Gold Medal All Purpose Flour 1.98 Bleached or Unbleached, 80 oz. with card @Pathmark. You can get a 4 lb. bag of Gold Medal All purpose Flour at MetFoods or Key Food for $1.99

 

 

 

 

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Pillsbury Cake Mix or Frosting or Betty Crocker Brownie Mix 98¢ Your Choice! Assorted Varieties, 12-20.5 oz. with card @Pathmark!

 

 

 

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Birds Eye Vegetables 99¢ 14.4-16 oz. pkg. Assorted Varieties @Met . Birds Eye Boxed Vegetables 98¢ Assorted Varieties, 9-10 oz. with card @Pathmark!

 

 

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Image @ Met

RedPack Tomatoes 79¢ Crushed, Whole Peeled, Sauce, Puree 28-29 oz. can @Met Food. America’s Choice® Diced Tomatoes 78¢ Assorted Varieties, 14.5-15 oz. with card @Pathmark!

 

 

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Canada Dry, Sunkist or 7UP 2 Liter 98¢ Assorted Varieties, 67.6 fl. oz. Limit 5, Additional or Lesser Quantities 2/$3, with card! plus deposit where required @Pathmark

 

 

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Pepsi 12 Pack Cans 4 for $13 @Pathmark Assorted Varieties, 12/12 oz. cans Must Buy 4 Limit 1 Offer, Additional Quantities $4.98, with card! plus deposit where required

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Savings on Fruits & Vegetables

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Kirby Cucumbers (lb.) 98¢ @Pathmark

theKitch website recommends using the crunchy and mild flavoured Kirby Cucumbers in pickle recipes as well as in salads, and diced into gazpacho.

 

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Image @ Pathmark

Russet Baking Potatoes 5 Lb. Bag 1.88 each or Yellow Onions 3 Lb. Bag with card @Pathmark. Potatoes can be easily stored in the pantry for 5 weeks, thus buy in bulk to save .  Storing potatoes well is crucial to increase their shelf-life.  Potatoes should be stored in a cool dark place, ideally in the cellar.

Little Known Fact: Don’t store potatoes with onions. According to a storage tip on the website Still Tasty when onions and potatoes are stored in close proximity they produce gases that cause the other to spoil faster.  An interesting article on Buzz Feed suggests that potatoes and apples should be stored together to prevent potatoes from sprouting!  If there was a scientific research

 

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Image @ Pathmark

Golden Sweet Pineapples 1.98 each with card @Pathmark!

Storage Tip: Store fresh pineapple in your refrigerator to keep it longer.

 

 

 

 

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Image @ Pathmark

Red Seedless Grapes 1.98 lb. @Pathmark

Author Jessica Bruso in an article lists the benefits of eating seedless grapes.

Grapes have multiple essential nutrients. They are great to snack on, and can also be used to make juices, desserts, salads and main dishes!

 

 

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Image @ Pathmark

Broccoli Crowns or Purple Eggplant 1.98 lb. @Pathmark

Here are 5 ways of healthy and easy ways of cooking broccoli. For a delicious Indian Eggplant preparation try mashed eggplant, it’s a riot of flavours and one of my absolute favourited!

 

 

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Florida Fresh Red Grapefruit 5 Lb. Bag 2.98 each @Pathmark

Food Value: Grapefruit has a low impact on blood sugar, making it a perfect snack for those with Diabetes

 

 

 

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Image @ Pathmark

Red Delicious or Empire Apples 4.98 5 lb. bag @Pathmark

Cooking Tip: Empire Apples make a lovely applesauce. They are also good for eating, but will lose their shape quickly when baked.

 

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Image @ Met

Red or Green Leaf Lettuce 99¢ each @MetFoods

 

 

 

 

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Fresh Parsley 99¢ bunch @MetFoods

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