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My Best Investment

In order to survive my corn-free and wheat-free journey I feel it is necessary to have a chest freezer. This is the one purchase I am thrilled I made a short while back.

By buying in bulk and freezing things I can save a ton of money. The unit is not the smallest one, but close. It was fairly inexpensive and the cost to run the freezer only increased my bill by about $2.50 to $3.00 a month. The cost of buying things individually can cost way more than that.

My aStore through Amazon also offers free shipping on most of the items in bulk. The best thing about this type of shopping is that you can shop in your pajamas. The next best thing is that you can find all the items that you need in one place.

One of the problems with finding food when you are corn and wheat free is that many processed items, including frozen veggies and fruits, can be processed with the items we are trying to avoid (citric acid is a common item used to preserve the color of things and it is most often made from corn here in the US). However, if you have a freezer you can buy fresh produce, or pick your own and freeze it.

Many foods are easy to freeze. Berries are especially easy to freeze by simply putting them on a cookie sheet, making sure they are a, and putting the whole thing in the freezer. Then just put them in an airtight bag.

I just made chili from tomatoes which were frozen as described above. My mother taught me the trick. You just leave the skins on them and put them on the cookie sheet. Very easy to do and very little time. Tomatoes are another item we corn-free folks have a hard time finding processed because of the citric acid used in the canning process.

Plus one other thing that makes the freezer helpful is that I make big batches of foods and then freeze it in smaller portions. It makes it easy to come up with a meal in a snap.

You do need to make sure to label everything and date them too. Another thing my mother used to do when she had a great big chest freezer was to make a list of items in the freezer, put the tick marks next to it, and mark a line across the tick mark when she took an item out. These days the computer can even sort the list by date and then in alpha order. If you are really organized you can even have things in specific quadrants of the freezer in individual larger containers. No matter how you do it, it is really important to label what is in each package because once it is frozen it looks a lot like many other things.

Then there are the meats which can be bought in bulk and individually packaged. Or the really good deals, like the buy one get one free deals that Kroger’s has occasionally. I have saved hundreds of dollars just on meats alone. That more than pays for the freezer.

Anyone who has a food intollerance knows how expensive the foods we must buy can cost. This simple investment has saved me oodles of money so far. It is without a doubt the best investment I have made.

Eat well, save money, and stay healthy!

Cornfreegirl

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Corn Free and Wheat Free Pasta

I have found the winner in my search for an acceptable pasta: Bionaturae – gluten-free pasta.

I am so thrilled to have found this one! I added all of the different types of this gluten-free pasta on my aStore (I wish they had the frequent buyer program for it though). The bulk price is pretty good considering I found it at the health food store for over $5.00 a bag and on my aStore it is only $3.60 a bag in bulk with free super saver shipping. I will definitely be ordering this in bulk!

It does not turn mushy while cooking it and it tastes remarkably similar to wheat. The pasta is made with rice, potato, and soy. Normally I don’t use soy products, but I am willing to bend on this one since it states that the soy is not genetically engineered! It is absolutely fabulous.

Last night I made a very simple tomato pasta sauce with only italian seasonings and put it on this pasta. It was the prefect consistency and I really couldn’t tell the difference, but I am not Italian. I have not used it in a salad form yet, but one of the reviewers on Amazon said that it is good this way too if you eat it up within a couple of days.

Now I can start cooking a bunch of lunch and dinner pasta dishes.

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