Sunday, October 30, 2011


I've been trying to incorporate more "whole" foods into my diet. However, sometimes they cost more than their more-processed counterparts, so I go to a variety of stores to get the best prices.

Take rice, for example. At the grocery store, a one pound package of brown rice is somewhere between $1-$1.50, depending on what kind of sale they're running. Aldi doesn't carry brown rice, and Costco only carries a fancy organic variety, so buying it at either of those stores isn't an option. However, I've figured out that the ethnic food store has a great selection of rice. The only downside is that in order to get the best price you have to buy a sack; depending on the variety that's somewhere between 20 and 25 pounds. I sometimes split my purchase with Son Donald, but if he doesn't need any it's not a big deal. Whatever doesn't fit in the rice container in the pantry I can store in the freezer downstairs.

A couple of weeks ago I used up the last of the rice, so it was time to get some more. The last time Hubby Tony and I were running errands, we stopped at Global Foods Market in Kirkwood. They have dozens of types of rice from all over the world...white, brown, jasmine, basmati. Short, medium, and long-grained. I chose the cheapest bag of brown rice they had; the 25 pound sack was only $16.

Tony carried the rice. I had a shoppingbag for the rest of the things on my list (and the inevitable extras that I find). As we were walking through the produce section, a man looked at Tony, smiled, and said something. I was pretty sure I heard him correctly, but when he walked away, I had to ask Tony just to make sure. The man's comment? "That's an awfully big bag of rice for a white guy."


  1. I didn't know that rice kept in the freezer, do you find it stays fresher that way? That's one heck of a lot of rice, but I'm all about deals as well so I've been known to do the same thing and not need one specific item for a year... or two! lol Have a great week!

  2. Wow! I've never considered putting rice in the freezer. I couldn't anyway since we don't have any room. I did use to put flour in the freezer because of the bugs.

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  4. LOL! I love buying the big rice bags in ethinic grocery stores. Sometimes you can get it in cool burlap bags too.

    Session Restaurant supply over on Lemay Ferry has some fantastic heavy duty plastic storage containers. I've bought them for a variety of things including storing bird seed so the mice can't get at it.