Thursday, September 20, 2007

Reduced to clear...

There's nothing better about a trip to the grocery store than finding an abundance of those green or yellow 'reduced to clear' stickers. It's better than a regular sale or special, because there are a limited number of items that are tagged. The excitement isn't just in terms of getting cheap stuff, but also, the challenge of what to do with it before it goes off? There is always a little internal dilemma: "Should I buy all 8 of these sliced when they already look a little brown? But they're only $1.50!" Of course, with many items it's possible to prolong their life by chucking it in the freezer.

That's what we did with a package of Eatwell Chickpea and Spinach sausages that we found for $2 (less than half price!) a few weeks ago. Yesterday while I was listening to a lecture by Boori Pryor, Andy defrosted the sausages. He sauteed them with some veggies and made a tomatoey gravy, and served it all up over rice. The dish also featured some tinned mushrooms we got for sale, also less than half price.

On the luckiest of days, you can even find dessert reduced to clear. We found this Soy Life Vanilla Creme yogurt for $1.50, which seems steep for only 2 little tubs, but it was also less than half price. In addition to a great deal, it was an opportunity to try a new vegan product. The flavour is really intensely vanilla, without that chalky aftertaste that other soy yogurts leave you with (ahem, Kingland).Although it's good on its own, this yogurt was best when paired with some fresh kiwis ($1.50 for 10) and banana, and some farmer's market strawberry jam.
Don't you just love bargains?

9 comments:

Vegetation said...

The sweetest sign in the world is one of those reduced to clear stickers! You need to be here, our local shop has loads of veggie stuff that doesn't sell and it's always got those little stickers on it. It's all full of soy though so I can't buy any of it anyway ::sob::

Mmmm that sausage dish looks yummy. I have some of those sausages in the freezer (didn't check them before I bought them) but I'm too scared to eat them in case they disagree with me!

VeggieGirl said...

oooh, I wish we got SoyLife "yogurt" here in the States - looks GREAT paired with all the fruit!! and yes, it's fun to see what's on sale at the grocery stores and such :0)

Emmie said...

We rarely have vegan items on clearance here, and they'd much rather throw vegetables away than lower the price on them. It's makes me envious and sad. When we went to England over summer I saw all kinds of awesome stuff on clearance. I'm so envious. Damn Sweden!

Johanna3 said...

i will love that bargains here, also will love to try any soy yogurt but i cant find any in my town.

the food looks good!

Veganista said...

Great finds! That sausagey dish looks tasty. Have to say I found the soylife yogurt a little unusual and...thin. But I tried it pretty soon after going vegan, maybe it would seem better now? And serving it with fruit, as you have here (presented in a most attractive way, I must say!) is a good idea.

Meg Wolff said...

Now this is very creative...looks like you lucked out!

Amy said...

Yes, there are lots of bargains in those bins. I'll never understand why people won't buy slightly dented cans. (Cans that are puffed out with possible botulism are another story!)

bazu said...

I love bargains! But the markets here NEVER reduce produce! Which makes me sad, because I see things like avocados rotting, and they still won't reduce the damn things to move them- grrrr. The farmers markets do, though!

Amy said...

Bargains rock - I LOVE that soy yoghurt - my favourite flavour is blueberry. So glad they have that in T'ville!