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Title: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: I'm a red panda on January 14, 2016, 01:43:09 PM
I'm not sure if this article will be interesting to others, but it was to me.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/01/13/no-one-understands-baby-carrots/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_1_na

I didn't realize baby carrots were 70% of the carrots sold; nor that there are people who really believe they are "baby" carrots, and not just precut ones.

I've never bought baby carrots. They cost so much more than regular carrots, which are not that difficult to peel and slice for a snack or for a party.  I knew it was a semi-frugal habit, but I never thought it was that unusual. At 70% market share, maybe I'm mostly alone in this.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: therethere on January 14, 2016, 01:49:42 PM
At my stores 1 lb of baby carrots is the same price as 1lb of regular carrots - 99c. Maybe at one store the regular carrots are 79c which is not worth the difference. Its always been that way since I can remember.

Unless I buy 5 lbs of carrots at a time there is no cost savings. Even then 5lbs are $3.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: MgoSam on January 14, 2016, 02:05:15 PM
I buy baby carrots fairly regularly. They are an easy snack to nibble on at work or on the go. I'm happy to pay more for them than regular carrots as I know that when it comes to easy, mindless snacking, I'll likely not even think to slice the carrots.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: I'm a red panda on January 14, 2016, 02:17:27 PM
At my stores 1 lb of baby carrots is the same price as 1lb of regular carrots - 99c. Maybe at one store the regular carrots are 79c which is not worth the difference. Its always been that way since I can remember.

Unless I buy 5 lbs of carrots at a time there is no cost savings. Even then 5lbs are $3.

Ours cost a lot more to buy baby carrots. 

I wonder how much waste there is in them. Possibly none because "ugly" food doesn't typically sell and that is where this comes from, rather than "pretty" carrots. And maybe the shavings go into animal feed or something.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Gin1984 on January 14, 2016, 02:23:25 PM
At my stores 1 lb of baby carrots is the same price as 1lb of regular carrots - 99c. Maybe at one store the regular carrots are 79c which is not worth the difference. Its always been that way since I can remember.

Unless I buy 5 lbs of carrots at a time there is no cost savings. Even then 5lbs are $3.

Ours cost a lot more to buy baby carrots. 


I wonder how much waste there is in them. Possibly none because "ugly" food doesn't typically sell and that is where this comes from, rather than "pretty" carrots. And maybe the shavings go into animal feed or something.
Ours costs less to buy a lb of baby carrots vs regular carrots $.99 vs $1.29.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: partgypsy on January 14, 2016, 02:46:34 PM
pound of organic carrots is $1 here, and way tastier than the baby carrots. Even if need to peel takes what 2 seconds? Don't know why anyone buys the baby carrots.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Frankies Girl on January 14, 2016, 02:51:38 PM
At my stores 1 lb of baby carrots is the same price as 1lb of regular carrots - 99c. Maybe at one store the regular carrots are 79c which is not worth the difference. Its always been that way since I can remember.

Unless I buy 5 lbs of carrots at a time there is no cost savings. Even then 5lbs are $3.

This. We buy baby carrot bags practically every shopping trip. The price difference is negligible and the convenience is worth the few pennies difference to me.

Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Eric on January 14, 2016, 03:07:40 PM
I'm a little shocked by this.  Mostly the price you all pay for carrots.  I don't think I've ever paid more than $.60/lb, and usually can find them for $.50/lb.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Hunny156 on January 14, 2016, 03:19:18 PM
In our area (Central TX), it's gotten to the point that there is no price difference between organic and regular carrots either, whether they are baby or not.  I would usually buy the organic regular carrots for $.79/b, but I've recently decided to add snacking carrots to my list of easy stuff to eat at work, so I bit the bullet and got the 5 lb bag of organic baby carrots for about $3.59 from Costco.  I figured if I didn't eat them as much as I had expected, I would just freeze some before they went bad.  So far, I've been making great progress, and adding them to meals has been super easy, since I don't need to think about chopping them up, just grab a few handfuls and go.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: TrMama on January 14, 2016, 03:24:59 PM
I used to buy them when the kids were toddlers. There is something about cooking every meal with two kids hanging on your legs, crying about how hungry and attention starved they are that makes the small convenience seem worth it.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: NinetyFour on January 14, 2016, 06:10:45 PM
Why does anyone peel carrots?  I just give them a wash and leave the skin on.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Conjou on January 14, 2016, 06:42:57 PM
I only get baby carrots if I plant them too close and don't thin so they can grow up to be big carrots.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: frooglepoodle on January 14, 2016, 07:02:04 PM
I buy whichever happen to be cheaper in any given week, but in my third trimester I craved baby carrots. Not just baby carrots; they  had to be the ones in the 1lb bag rather than the 2lb bag, because they were smaller and (to my hormonally driven palate, at least) sweeter. My husband had to ration them for me.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Astatine on January 14, 2016, 07:08:15 PM
Things I learnt today: baby carrots are a thing in the US. Never heard of this product til I read this thread.

We usually buy normal carrots for $0.99/kg (1 kg is approx 2 lb, so 50c/lb) or $0.79/kg for a bag of carrots of mismatched size and shape.

Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Silverado on January 14, 2016, 07:21:20 PM
Why does anyone peel carrots?  I just give them a wash and leave the skin on.

I was wondering the same thing, no reason at all to peel a carrot. We buy both. Both get consumed as is.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: GuitarStv on January 15, 2016, 06:24:54 AM
Huh.


Eating unpeeled carrots.  For some reason, I've never even considered the idea.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: NinetyFour on January 15, 2016, 06:43:33 AM
Yep.  That's the same reaction I had when I was asked why I peeled ginger.  I no longer do.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Rural on January 15, 2016, 06:57:49 AM
These days I tend to buy baby carrots more often than whole ones because they are cheaper in one or two pound bags. If whole carrots are cheaper, I buy them and don't peel. When I need a lot of carrots, whole are cheaper in five pond bags, and whole carrots keep better.


However, for snacking with a dip, it's a lot easier to get some dip onto a carrot stick I cut myself than a rounded, slick baby carrot.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: ShoulderThingThatGoesUp on January 15, 2016, 07:30:02 AM
No reason to peel potatoes either.

Baby carrots are frequently the same price and they are less woody, which makes it easier for my two-year-old to eat them.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Jack on January 15, 2016, 07:50:25 AM
However, for snacking with a dip, it's a lot easier to get some dip onto a carrot stick I cut myself than a rounded, slick baby carrot.

Glad to know I'm not the only one who prefers actual carrot sticks (with square corners) to baby carrots.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: The Guru on January 15, 2016, 08:06:57 AM
I only get baby carrots if I plant them too close and don't thin so they can grow up to be big carrots.

This got me to wondering if the "baby carrots are just cut-up big carrots" thing was just urban legend. After all, it would seem beneficial to both farmer (more carrots per acre, more crops per year) and processor (less processing) to actually grow small carrots. so I looked it up:

http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/babycarrot.html

http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/index.ssf/2016/01/everything_you_thought_you_kne.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_carrot

So there ya go. other than cost, not as wasteful as I might have thought.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: zephyr911 on January 15, 2016, 08:44:29 AM
In most of our local stores, baby carrots are 2x regular peeled carrots, which are 10-20% more than whole unprocessed ones.
I'll occasionally get baby cut carrots at the commissary if I'm pickling a big batch of giardinere - the premium is lower there, and basically justified for that use - but otherwise we peel and cut our own for everything.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: onehair on January 15, 2016, 09:41:33 AM
I confess I have purchased baby carrots in the past to dump into stews and soups when I was too lazy to chop them up myself.  I have resisted them for the last few years successfully though.

Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: zephyr911 on January 15, 2016, 11:04:01 AM
I confess I have purchased baby carrots in the past to dump into stews and soups when I was too lazy to chop them up myself.  I have resisted them for the last few years successfully though.
I used to treat prep work as a Zen retreat, even before I started noticing how much $$ it saves. It does pay to at least look for the differences... I've noticed the premium on pre-shredded cheese has gotten vanishingly small in most places now, but I did buy a whole 8oz block of pepper jack last week for taco night with friends, after comparing prices and finding meaningful savings there. This turned into even more of a win when I enlisted an onlooker to grate it. ;)
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Jack on January 15, 2016, 11:11:03 AM
I confess I have purchased baby carrots in the past to dump into stews and soups when I was too lazy to chop them up myself.  I have resisted them for the last few years successfully though.
I used to treat prep work as a Zen retreat, even before I started noticing how much $$ it saves. It does pay to at least look for the differences... I've noticed the premium on pre-shredded cheese has gotten vanishingly small in most places now, but I did buy a whole 8oz block of pepper jack last week for taco night with friends, after comparing prices and finding meaningful savings there. This turned into even more of a win when I enlisted an onlooker to grate it. ;)

I buy blocks of cheese even when pre-shredded is the same unit price, because pre-shredded cheese has additives to prevent caking and goes bad faster.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: jinga nation on January 15, 2016, 01:11:12 PM
I confess I have purchased baby carrots in the past to dump into stews and soups when I was too lazy to chop them up myself.  I have resisted them for the last few years successfully though.
I used to treat prep work as a Zen retreat, even before I started noticing how much $$ it saves. It does pay to at least look for the differences... I've noticed the premium on pre-shredded cheese has gotten vanishingly small in most places now, but I did buy a whole 8oz block of pepper jack last week for taco night with friends, after comparing prices and finding meaningful savings there. This turned into even more of a win when I enlisted an onlooker to grate it. ;)

I buy blocks of cheese even when pre-shredded is the same unit price, because pre-shredded cheese has additives to prevent caking and goes bad faster.

Quote
From https://www.sargento.com/faq
We use powdered cellulose or potato starch as anti-caking agents on our cheese. When added to cheese, they prevent it from sticking together. they’re not harmful.
Yeah, but I'm paying for cheese, not the additives. I want 100% of your cheese for my (greenback) cheese, dammit!
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on January 15, 2016, 01:21:23 PM
I confess I have purchased baby carrots in the past to dump into stews and soups when I was too lazy to chop them up myself.  I have resisted them for the last few years successfully though.
I used to treat prep work as a Zen retreat, even before I started noticing how much $$ it saves. It does pay to at least look for the differences... I've noticed the premium on pre-shredded cheese has gotten vanishingly small in most places now, but I did buy a whole 8oz block of pepper jack last week for taco night with friends, after comparing prices and finding meaningful savings there. This turned into even more of a win when I enlisted an onlooker to grate it. ;)

I buy blocks of cheese even when pre-shredded is the same unit price, because pre-shredded cheese has additives to prevent caking and goes bad faster.

Quote
From https://www.sargento.com/faq
We use powdered cellulose or potato starch as anti-caking agents on our cheese. When added to cheese, they prevent it from sticking together. they’re not harmful.
Yeah, but I'm paying for cheese, not the additives. I want 100% of your cheese for my (greenback) cheese, dammit!

I've often heard that the cellulose added to food items was typically obtained from finely ground sawdust.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: zephyr911 on January 15, 2016, 01:24:12 PM
I've often heard that the cellulose added to food items was typically obtained from finely ground sawdust.
Most of us need more fiber in our diets anyway. As long as the wood wasn't treated, I'm good.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Making Cookies on January 15, 2016, 01:39:11 PM
I've often heard that the cellulose added to food items was typically obtained from finely ground sawdust.
Most of us need more fiber in our diets anyway. As long as the wood wasn't treated, I'm good.

I hear that Wendy's and other places put that in their milkshakes and ice cream too...
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Rural on January 15, 2016, 02:55:02 PM
I confess I have purchased baby carrots in the past to dump into stews and soups when I was too lazy to chop them up myself.  I have resisted them for the last few years successfully though.
I used to treat prep work as a Zen retreat, even before I started noticing how much $$ it saves. It does pay to at least look for the differences... I've noticed the premium on pre-shredded cheese has gotten vanishingly small in most places now, but I did buy a whole 8oz block of pepper jack last week for taco night with friends, after comparing prices and finding meaningful savings there. This turned into even more of a win when I enlisted an onlooker to grate it. ;)

I buy blocks of cheese even when pre-shredded is the same unit price, because pre-shredded cheese has additives to prevent caking and goes bad faster.


 Not in the freezer it doesn't, and unlike the blocks it comes out of the freezer just fine. 
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on January 15, 2016, 03:03:42 PM
I tried buying a giant block and cheese and shredding it myself and it was a messy nightmare. I have 4 people in my house and man are my menfolk big eaters, so we're talking giant bags of Costco cheese. Too lazy to self-shred.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on January 15, 2016, 04:32:23 PM
I've often heard that the cellulose added to food items was typically obtained from finely ground sawdust.
Most of us need more fiber in our diets anyway. As long as the wood wasn't treated, I'm good.

Tree trunks are beaver food, to my way of thinking. I've always believed that, for a human being, it's OK to have a beaver, but it's not OK to be one.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Merrie on January 19, 2016, 08:47:52 AM
We buy the giant bag of Costco mozzarella and freeze most of it in 1 lb aliquots in freezer bags. For making pizza or similar it's really convenient, and I think the price is comparable to any alternative.

I don't like the way baby carrots taste, but if I did, I'd consider them if they were the same price point as regular carrots.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: cats on January 19, 2016, 08:52:58 AM
My mother always gave us carrot sticks (as opposed to baby carrots) so I never really got in the habit of buying baby carrots.  Which is fortunate, as baby carrots are typically 2x the price of regular carrots around here!

I can believe the 70% figure though.  If I look at the fridge in my office, there are always several bags of baby carrots, but usually only one container of carrot sticks (mine).
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: frugalnacho on January 19, 2016, 01:48:10 PM
Why even bother freezing cheese? It is usually dated out like 6 months.  We just make sure to prioritize eating the ones we open first.  We rarely ever have cheese go moldy unless it's left opened in the fridge for several weeks.  Every time cheese goes on sale we stock up.


I don't know if i've ever purchased carrots either.  Kroger is constantly sending up coupons in the mail, and one of them is usually a free bag of baby carrots, so we get a bag every month or two.  I don't know why they do it, but i'll take the free carrots every time.  Easy snack for the dog too, she loves baby carrots.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on January 19, 2016, 02:51:49 PM
Why even bother freezing cheese? It is usually dated out like 6 months.  We just make sure to prioritize eating the ones we open first.  We rarely ever have cheese go moldy unless it's left opened in the fridge for several weeks.  Every time cheese goes on sale we stock up.

Because we buy 5 pound bags of shredded cheese. Once they are open, it will definitely take more than "several weeks" to eat up!
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: sol on January 19, 2016, 02:57:32 PM
I tried buying a giant block and cheese and shredding it myself and it was a messy nightmare. I have 4 people in my house and man are my menfolk big eaters, so we're talking giant bags of Costco cheese. Too lazy to self-shred.

I grate cheese by hand for single servings.  For family dinners, I bust out the grating attachment on the food processor.  I can grate enough cheese to make fondue for six people in about 30 seconds.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on January 19, 2016, 03:11:52 PM
I tried buying a giant block and cheese and shredding it myself and it was a messy nightmare. I have 4 people in my house and man are my menfolk big eaters, so we're talking giant bags of Costco cheese. Too lazy to self-shred.

I grate cheese by hand for single servings.  For family dinners, I bust out the grating attachment on the food processor.  I can grate enough cheese to make fondue for six people in about 30 seconds.

Yeah, that's how I was doing it. Maybe I would have had better luck with cheddar--for mozzarella, it was just a nonstarter.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: MgoSam on January 19, 2016, 03:24:19 PM
I tried buying a giant block and cheese and shredding it myself and it was a messy nightmare. I have 4 people in my house and man are my menfolk big eaters, so we're talking giant bags of Costco cheese. Too lazy to self-shred.

I grate cheese by hand for single servings.  For family dinners, I bust out the grating attachment on the food processor.  I can grate enough cheese to make fondue for six people in about 30 seconds.

Yeah, that's how I was doing it. Maybe I would have had better luck with cheddar--for mozzarella, it was just a nonstarter.

Yeah, I've tried shredding mozzarella on several occasions and it just doesn't turn out as well as it does for cheddar.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: frugalnacho on January 19, 2016, 07:19:01 PM
Why even bother freezing cheese? It is usually dated out like 6 months.  We just make sure to prioritize eating the ones we open first.  We rarely ever have cheese go moldy unless it's left opened in the fridge for several weeks.  Every time cheese goes on sale we stock up.

Because we buy 5 pound bags of shredded cheese. Once they are open, it will definitely take more than "several weeks" to eat up!

I find that the unit price on cheese is almost always best on the 8 oz blocks or pre shredded bags. At least at my local kroger. We get a variety of cheeses that way, and they stay packaged until we need to use them.   We usually pay around $3/lb, sometimes cheaper if we have coupons.  They run sales frequent enough that we always stock up and only buy while on it's on sale


What's up with people having issues shredding cheese?  Just rub the cheese on the cheese grater.  I don't understand what the problem is?  The worst part about it is cleaning the cheese off of the cheese grater because it gets smeared on, and you end up shredding your sponge a bit when you clean it, but the actual shredding of cheese is trivial.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Merrie on January 19, 2016, 08:17:39 PM
Mozzarella cheese is kind of soft and difficult to shred.

When you have to shred a pound of cheese, it is kind of a pain if you don't have a food processor with a grater attachment.

I don't mind grating a few ounces of cheddar, but if I'm making something with a ton of cheese I get tired of grating. If you need it grated for a recipe and it costs the same to buy pre-grated as block, why not get grated if you want?
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: frugalnacho on January 19, 2016, 11:03:54 PM
I agree with buying shredded cheese if possible for stuff like pizza, but I have had to shred it from a block on many occasions and never had any trouble with it.  Until I get to the last ounce or so, then I just eat it rather than risk getting my finger tips as a topping.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: lakemom on January 20, 2016, 10:25:48 AM
To shred mozzarella (or other softer cheeses) freeze it first.  Just stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours before shredding because you want it very firm but not frozen solid yet.  Then just run it through the food processor/kitchen aid attachment.  Its hard to grate it by hand even frozen IMO.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: frugalnacho on January 20, 2016, 10:40:27 AM
Maybe I get different mozzarella here in michigan? Seems unlikely since I have also purchased kraft cheese and it's about the same as the kroger brand I normally purchase.  It's definitely softer than cheddar, but no where near the consistency that it can't easily be manually shredded.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Magilla on January 20, 2016, 12:47:29 PM
For the people having trouble with shredding softer cheeses: spray some nonstick spray on the shredder prior to shredding it makes it a lot easier.  Also it helps if you have a sharp shredder.

Be careful with freezing soft cheeses as it screws up the consistency.  Then again if you're shredding it for baking it probably won't matter.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: gooki on January 20, 2016, 05:11:52 PM
Slightly on topic. is cheese still orange in america?
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 20, 2016, 05:57:58 PM
Why even bother freezing cheese? ...

I freeze cheese generally because it's easier to grate by hand if you use the frozen block of cheese.
No saw dust, no potato starch and no mould problem.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 20, 2016, 06:01:56 PM
Slightly on topic. is cheese still orange in america?

OMG yes.... I was shocked when I arrived here 8 yrs ago. White, yellow or orange cheese.... now they even have marbled cheese (white and orange)

........  waaaaaaahhhhhhhh ......

P.S. they do sell actual cheese too though. For an arm and a leg. Quebecois cheese turns out to be pretty decent and there are quite a few organic small farms in Ontario now that make pretty good cheese. But again... $10 for 5-6oz of goat camembert.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Magilla on January 20, 2016, 09:52:25 PM
Slightly on topic. is cheese still orange in america?

OMG yes.... I was shocked when I arrived here 8 yrs ago. White, yellow or orange cheese.... now they even have marbled cheese (white and orange)

........  waaaaaaahhhhhhhh ......

P.S. they do sell actual cheese too though. For an arm and a leg. Quebecois cheese turns out to be pretty decent and there are quite a few organic small farms in Ontario now that make pretty good cheese. But again... $10 for 5-6oz of goat camembert.

Clearly you are not cheese people if you think natural cheese does not come in many colors including "orange".
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: YogiKitti on January 21, 2016, 04:42:47 AM
I admit I sometimes buy baby carrots because of the convenience, but that will stop since I just learned they are soaked in a chlorine solution.

I guess I can cut up my own carrots.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Anje on January 21, 2016, 07:47:28 AM
I'm not sure if this article will be interesting to others, but it was to me.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/01/13/no-one-understands-baby-carrots/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_1_na

I didn't realize baby carrots were 70% of the carrots sold; nor that there are people who really believe they are "baby" carrots, and not just precut ones.

I've never bought baby carrots. They cost so much more than regular carrots, which are not that difficult to peel and slice for a snack or for a party.  I knew it was a semi-frugal habit, but I never thought it was that unusual. At 70% market share, maybe I'm mostly alone in this.

There exists a thing called baby carrots that are carrot-sticks?
In my area baby carrots are exactly that: carrots harvested at about 1/5 the sice (when I would harvest my own) instead of waiting until they get huge, old and woody. Of course, because of this they cost more.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: MayDay on January 21, 2016, 08:20:05 AM
Around here, in the regular grocery store, they are near the same price, with a BIG bag of whole carrots being cheaper, but plenty of people don't/can't do the big bag.  Carrots don't really ever spoil, but whatever, not everyone wants a fridge full of root veggies.

At costco, the big bag of whole carrots is cheaper than the big bag of baby carrots, but sometimes the whole carrots are out for a month or two.  In that case, the costco baby carrots are still a better deal than the regular grocery.

I like the big ones, because the baby ones taste slimy and too wet to me.  The kids and H don't care.  IMO even baby carrots are too big of chunks for soups/stews, but harder to slice, so I also dislike them for that reason. 

In the summer we grow our own and get them at the farmers market.  Much more flavor (sometimes admittedly its a bitter flavor, but still, they taste carrot-y). 
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Chris22 on January 21, 2016, 09:35:03 AM
Looking at Peapod, baby carrots and pre-shredded cheese come at about a 50% premium over the equivalent non shredded/non cut up version.  However, 50% is $.50.  YMMV on how you value $.50.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: golden1 on January 21, 2016, 09:48:59 AM
OK, looking at my Wegmans app:

Regular Baby cut carrots 16 oz: $1.29
Baby cut organic 16oz : $1.59
Organic non-peeled carrots 16oz:  $1.29

So not much difference all around.

But:
Organic baby cut 32oz:  $2.49
Organic non peeled: $2.29

So much better to get the larger bags, especially since they are resealable.

I eat a lot of carrots with hummus - it's like my go to snack so not having to peel those carrots is worth the $0.20 cost.

The convenience items that gets me are those little snack size bags of chips, cookies and crackers that parents get for their kids lunches.  It is so much cheaper to get a big box and just throw them in a resealable plastic bag.  It's like double the price to have someone bag them up for you....
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on January 21, 2016, 09:54:29 AM
Around here, in the regular grocery store, they are near the same price, with a BIG bag of whole carrots being cheaper, but plenty of people don't/can't do the big bag.  Carrots don't really ever spoil, but whatever, not everyone wants a fridge full of root veggies.

At costco, the big bag of whole carrots is cheaper than the big bag of baby carrots, but sometimes the whole carrots are out for a month or two.  In that case, the costco baby carrots are still a better deal than the regular grocery.

I like the big ones, because the baby ones taste slimy and too wet to me.  The kids and H don't care.  IMO even baby carrots are too big of chunks for soups/stews, but harder to slice, so I also dislike them for that reason. 

In the summer we grow our own and get them at the farmers market.  Much more flavor (sometimes admittedly its a bitter flavor, but still, they taste carrot-y).

My grandmother taught me that carrots taste sweeter if you leave them in the ground for one frost. I try to plant them in the fall for that reason.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 21, 2016, 11:38:11 AM
Slightly on topic. is cheese still orange in america?


Clearly you are not cheese people if you think natural cheese does not come in many colors including "orange".

Oh absolutely - there is some really good "orange" cheese out there. But we were talking about the one that is vac, sealed from KRAFT and that for the longest time the local supermarket didn't offer any other choices.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Making Cookies on January 21, 2016, 12:16:23 PM
I walked through a supermarket in Italy once. WOW. Had no idea there were so many varieties of cheeses to be had. And I don't think Kraft was involved with any of them. ;)
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 21, 2016, 02:08:50 PM
I walked through a supermarket in Italy once. WOW. Had no idea there were so many varieties of cheeses to be had. And I don't think Kraft was involved with any of them. ;)

Right? A dream! I hope you sampled every single one! :)
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: bb11 on January 21, 2016, 02:22:41 PM
I also always buy full carrots and have never understood why people peel them.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: MgoSam on January 21, 2016, 02:24:36 PM
This thread inspired me. When going grocery shopping I picked up whole carrots to toss into my smoothies.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Chris22 on January 21, 2016, 02:42:31 PM
I walked through a supermarket in Italy once. WOW. Had no idea there were so many varieties of cheeses to be had. And I don't think Kraft was involved with any of them. ;)

Is this what happens when people used to shopping at Aldi go to a real grocery??  :)

My local grocery chain has a very extensive cheese selection, probably 50 total feet of cheese coolers and shelves.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Making Cookies on January 21, 2016, 03:59:26 PM
My limited education on cheeses in the 80s when I grew up was because most groceries near me had the mainstream American brands like Kraft, a few store brands that were like Kraft but cheaper and maybe a couple of "straight from the farm" varieties.

Much more to choose from now thankfully.

Moving to Italy was eye-opening on so many levels and why I think travel is so important to experiencing life.

Real honest to goodness buffalo mozzarella! Real "parmesano"! Scamorza! In most cases very different from their American imposters.

Wish we as a family could afford to travel more often. ;)
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Magilla on January 21, 2016, 04:02:41 PM
I walked through a supermarket in Italy once. WOW. Had no idea there were so many varieties of cheeses to be had. And I don't think Kraft was involved with any of them. ;)

Is this what happens when people used to shopping at Aldi go to a real grocery??  :)

My local grocery chain has a very extensive cheese selection, probably 50 total feet of cheese coolers and shelves.

This.  I'm sure there is some variability based on where you live, but in my area both the Wegman's and WholeFoods have massive cheese sections and the other supermarkets have very nice ones as well.  There is even a cheese specialty shop.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Merrie on January 21, 2016, 05:26:23 PM
Carrots don't really ever spoil, but whatever, not everyone wants a fridge full of root veggies.


We had a bag from Costco go rotten in the space of like 2 weeks. My husband won't buy Costco carrots since the time our toddler handed him a carrot from this bag that was disintegrating.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: The Guru on January 21, 2016, 05:55:17 PM
I walked through a supermarket in Italy once. WOW. Had no idea there were so many varieties of cheeses to be had. And I don't think Kraft was involved with any of them. ;)

Is this what happens when people used to shopping at Aldi go to a real grocery??  :)

My local grocery chain has a very extensive cheese selection, probably 50 total feet of cheese coolers and shelves.

This.  I'm sure there is some variability based on where you live, but in my area both the Wegman's and WholeFoods have massive cheese sections and the other supermarkets have very nice ones as well.  There is even a cheese specialty shop.


Is it this one? http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=monty+python+cheese+shop+sketch&view=detail&mid=ED6331DD3A3C281977E2ED6331DD3A3C281977E2&FORM=VIRE1
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: GuitarStv on January 21, 2016, 06:19:17 PM
Carrots don't really ever spoil, but whatever, not everyone wants a fridge full of root veggies.


We had a bag from Costco go rotten in the space of like 2 weeks. My husband won't buy Costco carrots since the time our toddler handed him a carrot from this bag that was disintegrating.


If they're kept in the fridge or cold storage (and removed from the plastic bag) you should be able to get close to two months from a bag of carrots.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Magilla on January 21, 2016, 11:58:07 PM
I walked through a supermarket in Italy once. WOW. Had no idea there were so many varieties of cheeses to be had. And I don't think Kraft was involved with any of them. ;)

Is this what happens when people used to shopping at Aldi go to a real grocery??  :)

My local grocery chain has a very extensive cheese selection, probably 50 total feet of cheese coolers and shelves.

This.  I'm sure there is some variability based on where you live, but in my area both the Wegman's and WholeFoods have massive cheese sections and the other supermarkets have very nice ones as well.  There is even a cheese specialty shop.


Is it this one? http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=monty+python+cheese+shop+sketch&view=detail&mid=ED6331DD3A3C281977E2ED6331DD3A3C281977E2&FORM=VIRE1

LOL, thanks, gotta love a good Monty Python sketch :)
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Jakejake on January 22, 2016, 06:41:45 PM
Why even bother freezing cheese?
Because if I can get a good coupon deal or markdown, I'm going to town with it - attaching a photo here of some blocks of cheese I got for a grand total of two dollars. And when superkmart by me dropped their grocery line and the cheeses were 20 cents a piece and I had store credit to burn, I filled an entire freezer (the small kind with a fridge attached, not a chest freezer) with cheese, which lasted a couple years. I'm a big believer in stockpiling when prices drop to near free.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 23, 2016, 11:58:02 AM
Why even bother freezing cheese?
Because if I can get a good coupon deal or markdown, I'm going to town with it - attaching a photo here of some blocks of cheese I got for a grand total of two dollars. And when superkmart by me dropped their grocery line and the cheeses were 20 cents a piece and I had store credit to burn, I filled an entire freezer (the small kind with a fridge attached, not a chest freezer) with cheese, which lasted a couple years. I'm a big believer in stockpiling when prices drop to near free.


LOVE IT!!
I freeze mine too when I stockpile. But how in the world did you manage to just pay 2 bucks for this amount of cheese??
In Canada they dont allow coupon stacking... so even in the best case it'll be 2-3$ a piece.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Jakejake on January 23, 2016, 02:32:21 PM
But how in the world did you manage to just pay 2 bucks for this amount of cheese??
I don't remember the exact numbers, but the basic deal was related to one store in town having fliers with a manufacturer coupon for that brand of cheese that stupidly didn't specify you had to use it at their store. Another store had a sale on it and their register was kicking out the catalina coupons (get $ off a future purchase of anything if you buy 5 of these cheeses now), and the register coupon rolled, so you could use it on the next batch of cheeses along with the manufacturer coupon to generate more coupons.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 23, 2016, 03:31:07 PM
But how in the world did you manage to just pay 2 bucks for this amount of cheese??
I don't remember the exact numbers, but the basic deal was related to one store in town having fliers with a manufacturer coupon for that brand of cheese that stupidly didn't specify you had to use it at their store. Another store had a sale on it and their register was kicking out the catalina coupons (get $ off a future purchase of anything if you buy 5 of these cheeses now), and the register coupon rolled, so you could use it on the next batch of cheeses along with the manufacturer coupon to generate more coupons.

WOW amazing! Well done!!

With a little bit of planning this couponing can really make a difference! I only started in December but have easily saved 200 bucks so far.

I am always surprised that people tell me "couponing is not worth my time" ... it doesnt really take me longer than an hour once a week and can save a ton.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: sol on January 23, 2016, 04:21:07 PM
I am always surprised that people tell me "couponing is not worth my time" ... it doesnt really take me longer than an hour once a week and can save a ton.

Couponing is not my worth my time.  Even if it were to cut my grocery bill in half for one hour per week, it wouldn't be worth it.  Not while we're both working full time. 

Maybe in retirement, when my income drops and my available free time increases.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: frugalnacho on January 26, 2016, 09:08:57 PM
Why even bother freezing cheese?
Because if I can get a good coupon deal or markdown, I'm going to town with it - attaching a photo here of some blocks of cheese I got for a grand total of two dollars. And when superkmart by me dropped their grocery line and the cheeses were 20 cents a piece and I had store credit to burn, I filled an entire freezer (the small kind with a fridge attached, not a chest freezer) with cheese, which lasted a couple years. I'm a big believer in stockpiling when prices drop to near free.

I would eat that whole stack before the "best by" dates.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: LeRainDrop on January 26, 2016, 09:21:16 PM
Slightly on topic. is cheese still orange in america?

OMG yes.... I was shocked when I arrived here 8 yrs ago. White, yellow or orange cheese.... now they even have marbled cheese (white and orange)

........  waaaaaaahhhhhhhh ......

P.S. they do sell actual cheese too though. For an arm and a leg. Quebecois cheese turns out to be pretty decent and there are quite a few organic small farms in Ontario now that make pretty good cheese. But again... $10 for 5-6oz of goat camembert.

Clearly you are not cheese people if you think natural cheese does not come in many colors including "orange".

Yeah, seriously!  Though I think gooki was probably talking about the "American cheese" processed cheese slices that come in white or orange/yellow.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Magilla on January 26, 2016, 10:15:33 PM
Slightly on topic. is cheese still orange in america?

OMG yes.... I was shocked when I arrived here 8 yrs ago. White, yellow or orange cheese.... now they even have marbled cheese (white and orange)

........  waaaaaaahhhhhhhh ......

P.S. they do sell actual cheese too though. For an arm and a leg. Quebecois cheese turns out to be pretty decent and there are quite a few organic small farms in Ontario now that make pretty good cheese. But again... $10 for 5-6oz of goat camembert.

Clearly you are not cheese people if you think natural cheese does not come in many colors including "orange".

Yeah, seriously!  Though I think gooki was probably talking about the "American cheese" processed cheese slices that come in white or orange/yellow.

Interestingly enough, one day I found out that true American Cheese is really only yellow/orange and the white variety is actually bleached to get it to be white because some people didn't like yellow/orange cheese.  I think my brain nearly imploded when I heard that there are enough ridiculously picky eaters in this country for that to be a thing.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: LeRainDrop on January 26, 2016, 10:55:41 PM
Slightly on topic. is cheese still orange in america?

OMG yes.... I was shocked when I arrived here 8 yrs ago. White, yellow or orange cheese.... now they even have marbled cheese (white and orange)

........  waaaaaaahhhhhhhh ......

P.S. they do sell actual cheese too though. For an arm and a leg. Quebecois cheese turns out to be pretty decent and there are quite a few organic small farms in Ontario now that make pretty good cheese. But again... $10 for 5-6oz of goat camembert.

Clearly you are not cheese people if you think natural cheese does not come in many colors including "orange".

Yeah, seriously!  Though I think gooki was probably talking about the "American cheese" processed cheese slices that come in white or orange/yellow.

Interestingly enough, one day I found out that true American Cheese is really only yellow/orange and the white variety is actually bleached to get it to be white because some people didn't like yellow/orange cheese.  I think my brain nearly imploded when I heard that there are enough ridiculously picky eaters in this country for that to be a thing.

From wikipedia, it's the reverse, but still funny:

Quote from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_cheese
Very early in its history, American cheese was only white in color—as it was made from a blend of cheeses (most often including cheddar cheese) which were originally only white. However, the later versions are often a yellow hue due to the addition of annatto, a sweet and nutty seasoning added to cheddar and to colby so that by the late 1800s American cheese was often simply called "yellow cheese."

I remember my mom always bought the white variety, but then I went to a friend's house for dinner, and they had yellow.  After that, I told my mom I wanted the yellow cheese.  On a related note, I also told her I liked the green food called something sounding like "eewy" that I tried at my friend's house, so could we grow it in our garden?  "Zucchini?"  Sure!  Turns out that it was "kiwi" that I liked.
Title: Re: Baby carrots and other convienences
Post by: Magilla on January 27, 2016, 02:18:49 PM
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Clearly you are not cheese people if you think natural cheese does not come in many colors including "orange".

Yeah, seriously!  Though I think gooki was probably talking about the "American cheese" processed cheese slices that come in white or orange/yellow.

Interestingly enough, one day I found out that true American Cheese is really only yellow/orange and the white variety is actually bleached to get it to be white because some people didn't like yellow/orange cheese.  I think my brain nearly imploded when I heard that there are enough ridiculously picky eaters in this country for that to be a thing.

From wikipedia, it's the reverse, but still funny:

Quote from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_cheese
Very early in its history, American cheese was only white in color—as it was made from a blend of cheeses (most often including cheddar cheese) which were originally only white. However, the later versions are often a yellow hue due to the addition of annatto, a sweet and nutty seasoning added to cheddar and to colby so that by the late 1800s American cheese was often simply called "yellow cheese."

I remember my mom always bought the white variety, but then I went to a friend's house for dinner, and they had yellow.  After that, I told my mom I wanted the yellow cheese.  On a related note, I also told her I liked the green food called something sounding like "eewy" that I tried at my friend's house, so could we grow it in our garden?  "Zucchini?"  Sure!  Turns out that it was "kiwi" that I liked.

Hmm interesting.  I never researched it myself, how I "found out" was that I was in WholeFoods once and somebody asked for white American cheese and the person behind the counter said they don't carry it because it's bleached.  Guess I should know better than to have taken something like that at face value.