Thursday, February 17, 2011

the pantry.



Lately I've been agonizing over whether or not to purchase some items in bulk over at Amazon Grocery. I know most people will say it's cheaper to buy them at your local store, but it has been really hard figuring out Jed and my schedules to actually GET to a store! And I'm without a car, which makes it even more difficult. So finally I bit the bullet and ordered some items in bulk. I've heard mixed reviews about canned goods coming all bent up, which I'm not too worried about. Unless the dents open the seals. Hopefully in that case Amazon would send me new cans. But I am taking a little risk. The price is approximately the same as the store's cheapest brand. However, this way I can keep up a nice stock of tomatoes (we use a lot). And I also found some soup mixes by Bob's Red Mill that look fantastic. I've heard so many great reviews. It's hard enough to find time to make meals so anything that is healthy and EASY gets my vote! I'll give you a little update once my items arrive. By the way, I took advantage of a free month of Amazon Prime 2-day shipping. I'm going to cancel it as soon as I get the items, though. I don't want to risk being charged $80 after the free trial is over! Anyone else have experience buying groceries on Amazon? Or anywhere online for that matter?

16 comments:

Amber, theAmberShow said...

How did you feel about this soup mix? Any good? I was considering it in the store the other day.

Valerie said...

I heard that brand does good GF food/mixes, too... but in your country only of course :(
Amazon France doesn't do food, so brainstorming here !
but I order my big grocery refill twice a month online and I pick it up at the store on my way to L's school -- time saver ! plus I usually don't enjoy "cart strolls" so that's perfect for me.
bon app├ętit :)

Casey said...

My parents order a lot of grocery items from Amazon so they can stock up in bulk on brands that they like but are pricey to buy at the grocery store (and the local price club doesn't offer). I think they've been pretty happy from what I've heard! I've been contemplating buying some things in bulk on Amazon lately too; a few Asian/Indian ingredients I can't find locally, as well as things like dried fruit and grains that I use a lot of (I've been on a serious granola-making binge the past month!).

♥ Casey

Julia said...

Hi Anna! I just met one of your siblings and we looked at your website- AMAZING! We should sew together sometime!

Anna Allen said...

amber, i haven't received the soup mix yet, but i will let you know how it turns out! i've heard it's more like a soup base and then you can add things like tomatoes, broth, and fresh veggies to the mix. others say it tastes great on its own.

valerie, i think it's a good idea to get most of your groceries a few times a month. i really wish we had a grocery store i could walk to, though! it would make things like getting vegetables so much more fun. can't WAIT until summer!

casey, that's good to know! you know it all really started when i decided i wanted to make up a batch of granola and we were out of everything i needed. so i thought, maybe if i buy in bulk i can make up several batches. and it seems i eat a lot of oatmeal, so it's nice to keep that on hand. :)

julia, hello! which sibling did you meet?? thank you for writing! you're very sweet! :) are you from around the area?

Emmy said...

You know, I understand that it must be hard to live in a small town and not be able to get around easily. But buying grocieries, of all things, online, is contributing to the decline of local businesses and economies. I don't really want to live in a world where buying things from Amazon is my only option, because all the small, local bookstores, groceries, shoe stores, and the rest have gone out of business. Do you?

Anonymous said...

Kate! she really is great. i'm in the same city as her and just moved here from the west coast!

Anonymous said...

These days I can only find my favorite whole-grain alphabets (for soup) on Amazon, so I buy them by the case. I've never had any problems, and when I get together a big enough order, I don't have to pay for shipping.

Hey AA, hope your weather is as nice as ours right now!

Silvana

Sarah said...

Here's a recipe that has become a staple in our family's home. It's super simple, too, which is always a plus! We adapted the recipe from here:

http://www.thatsmyhome.com/general/friendship-soup.htm

Here how we make it.

1/2 cup dry split peas
1/4 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/4 cup dried minced onion
2 tsp. italian seasoning
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 veggie bullion cubes
3 qts. water

Add all ingredients to large pot. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.


Hope this helps!

julia said...

I buy baby formula and organic San Marzano tomatos on Amazon regularly. Occasionally cans are dented but the seals are intact. Great prices and no problems with service. No complaints!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree on what Emmy writes. Im glad we dont have something like that in europe.

Elizabeth said...

I've never ordered from amazon but I do occasionally order from certain online grocery stores, mostly for some of the "Un-cooking" supplies like raw cacao nibs or goji berries because they are just too expensive to buy them at whole foods.

I do like the grocery shopping experience, though so I don't think I could give that up. I buy a ton of produce and I like to see what I'm getting...

Anna Allen said...

elizabeth, thank you for sharing your experiences! i got my order in the mail today and everything is lovely. i mostly ordered some items like sunflower seeds and gluten free oatmeal (don't really *need* it to be gluten free, but it looked so much better than the regular kind!) and i didn't see them at my local store. if they had them, i know they'd be a lot more expensive. i don't really have a lot of money to spend on food (i spend *a lot* of time figuring out meals in our budget) so buying a few items in bulk saves in the long run. i do wish we had a grocery store within walking distance! i love to go grocery shopping, but man everything all adds up so fast!! ;)

Elizabeth said...

Anna - I hear you! We are at an all time low in our finances right now because I'm student teaching and can't hold a job, but we're still making it happen.

I try to get as creative as I can, do a bit less entertaining, and we eat a lot of stir fries, soups, and asian/indian meals which all are a lot cheaper than standard traditional meals and use lots of the bulk things sitting in the back of my cupboards.

I think it helps that we are both vegetarians and don't ever have to factor in meat for the grocery budget, though my need for organic produce can push the budget off kilter every so often.

Valerie said...

Emmy : I don't know what it is like in the US, but where I live even local businesses, organic/health store... offer an online order service.
Then you go to the store and pick it up. It doesn't affect any local business more than just going through an alley with a cart by yourself. And for fresh food (veggies) we have open air markets anyway.

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