I don’t get out much. I don’t mean that in the “I have no social life” sort of way, but rather in the “I literally don’t leave the house that much, not even to go outside and work on the homestead” sort of way.
Believe me, it’s not that I don’t want to be outside… in the breeze… on a 105 degree day. It is simply that I have a small baby, two other small children, I feed them three meals per day, and I spend a lot of time on the computer as a free-lance writer.
So getting to the grocery store is quite an outing for me, and honestly, it doesn’t happen all that often. If I can order it online and have it delivered to our little homestead then I will.
And if I can order it, have it delivered with free shipping, and save some money on it (since we all know real food is expensive), then that is even better. Amazon is a huge help to me in this area, and I often order the following:
Natural Valencia Peanut Butter. This comes in two 5 pound pails that our family can easily go through in a couple of months time. We also will often split the two pails with friends. The ingredient list is short: just Valencia peanuts. What makes this variety of peanut different is that, unlike other varieties, it does not contain a mold or toxin called aflotoxin.
The price: We use the subscribe and save feature, which gives us a regular supply, at $20. I have yet to see this type of peanut butter for $2/lb, making it a good (and healthy) buy for us.
Organic Fair-Trade Coffee Beans. It is my understanding that coffee beans are one of the most chemically sprayed crops on the planet. Even more important than that, though, is that they are often times grown by farmers who are treated despicably and with practices that are completely unsustainable. For that reason I like to purchase organic, fair-trade coffee when I can.
Amazon makes this possible by offering up fair-trade organic coffee deals like this one that give you three pounds forjust over $20 with the subscribe and save feature. That gives you a price of just under $7 per pound, a steal when compared to other prices.
Millet. This is one of our favorite gluten-free grains. It is wonderful as a rice substitute or to make biscuits and pancakes with. It is also one of the few alkaline-forming grains. It is also a type of grain that we are going to attempt to grow here on our homestead since it is easily threshed and drought-tolerant.
Until we can harvest our own, we appreciate this organic millet at just $1/lb.
Masa Harina. Our family really enjoys homemade corn tortillas. But we also aren’t fans of anything genetically modified. So I set out to find a tortilla flour that didn’t contain gluten and was made with corn that is not genetically modified. I found Bob’s red mill’s masa harina and was sold, but the price per package at our local health food store is out of control.
So when I found gluten-free, GMO-free masa for $.11/oz at amazon I immediately signed up for a monthly delivery. That is a 37% savings over individual bags purchased at our HFS.
So, those are our frequent Amazon purchases. Are there any whole foods I missed?