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Item of the Week: Bacon

Bacon makes the world go round!

There was a time before paleo when you would never find me near the bacon aisle. I would look at it sideways and scrunch up my nose and think “Yuck.” Sometimes, I would even say it. I would gladly tell the whole world that bacon was not worth my time of day and that clearly I was the only sane person in a sea of  fanatics.

Clearly, I was wrong. Bacon IS all that. And much more.

And so it falls on me, as a repenting sinner, to break down the price of bacon from Safeway, Giant, and Whole Foods. To be equitable, we’ll do it in alphabetical order of supermarkets.

GIANT
Nature’s Promise 12 oz – $5.99 (49.9 cents/oz)
Farmland 12oz – $4.99 (41.5 cents/oz)
Hormel black label 12oz – $7.99 (66.5 cents/oz)
Smithfield 16oz low sodium – $6.69 (41.8 cents/oz)  ($4.99 (31.1 cents/oz) with a Giant card)
Giant brand 16oz – $4.99 (31.1 cents/oz) ($3.99 (24.9 cents/oz) with a Giant card)
Oscar Meyer Selects 12oz – $7.99 (66.5 cents/oz)
Oscar Meyer 16oz – $7.99 (49.9 cents/oz)

SAFEWAY
Hormel Black Label 12oz –  $8.99 (74.9 cents/oz) ($6.99 (58.2 cents/oz) with a Safeway card)
Oscar Meyer 12oz – $8.99 (74.9 cents/oz)
Safeway brand thick cut 3lb package – 5.33/lb (33.3 cents/oz)
Open Nature 12oz –  $5.99 (49.9 cents/oz)
Smithfield 16oz – $5.99 (37.4 cents/oz)

WHOLE FOODS
Applegate Organics 8oz – $6.99 (87.3 cents/oz)
Nature Rancher’s 12oz – $5.99 (49.9 cents)
Wellshire 12oz – $6.49 (54 cents/oz)
Niman Ranch 12oz – $6.49 (54 cents/oz)
365 Low Sodium 12oz – $4.99 (41.5 cents/oz)
365 Regular 12oz – $4.49 (37.4 cents/oz)
365 Applewood smokes 12oz – $7.99 (66.5 cents/oz)

Now, let’s keep in mind these are only prices. We don’t know where the pig comes from, how it was treated during its life time, the birth-to-slaughter time, how the meat was treated after slaughter, etc.

All this information tells us is that the Giant brand is the cheapest at 31.1 cents/oz, the Safeway 3lb package is next at 33.3 cents/oz and the Whole Foods 365 brand is third at 37.4 cents/oz. Of the three, the 365 brand is the only one that states that the pig is antibiotic-free. We also know that Whole Foods has high meat standards for both their private label and other labels in their store that they strictly enforce on their producers and distributors, so you know the product you’re getting is high quality. In writing this post, I was unable to find out any information on Giant’s or Safeway’s meat standard.

Whatever your bacon standards might be, just remember to make some pancakes with them!

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Item(s) of the Week: Apples and Honey

L’shana Tova! And welcome to our first ever “Item of the Week” post! This is where we bring you one food item every week and compare the price of that item at different supermarkets around the DC region.

Before we get started, a small caveat. Food prices can vary widely within the same town and greatly depend on the season. The prices will not include any potential deals going on in the supermarkets, but will include the price for card members, if the supermarket offers shoppers the option of a membership card. The list will also be very specific on how food price is being compared, be it by the pound, ounce or unit.

This week is Rosh Hashanah, or, for those who don’t know, the Jewish New Year (Year 5774). Traditionally, Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah by dipping apple in honey, which symbolizes the wish that the New Year be a sweet one. So, to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we’re going to talk about apples & honey! But, more specifically, apples and RAW honey. Why raw honey? Because it is amazeballs.

I’m not going to lie, the first time I had raw honey I thought it was super gross. It was way before I went paleo, when I was sick with a sore throat and Jillian made me buy some and eat it with a spoon because of its anti-bacterial property in the hopes it would: 1) smooth out any inflammation in my throat, and 2) kill off any lingering bacteria. The conversation went something like this:

Her: Here, eat this with a spoon.
Me: Ew, it’s all gross looking and waxy.
Her: Eat it!
Me: Urgh. Fine. But I protest!

I did eat it and then put the honey away and didn’t touch it again until months later, after I’d gone paleo. By then, my taste preference had changed and things that used to be great were now too sweet, and things that were bitter were now great. And so, one day in the middle of my carb flu, I opened up that jar of honey and… Well. Let’s not go there. I’ll just say that since that day I’ve been drinking my coffee black. (true facts)

And so, without further ado, I present to you (hey, look at that, it rhymes), our Item(s) of the Week:

Apples

Variety Whole Foods Giant Safeway Trader Joe’s
Organic Gala $2.99/lb N/A $2.49/lb $0.89/cents ea.
Gala N/A $1.99/lb $2.49/lb $0.79/cents ea.
Organic Fuji $2.99/lb N/A $2.49/lb $0.89/cents ea.
Fuji N/A $1.69/lb $2.29/lb $0.79/cents ea.
Organic Pink Crisp $2.99/lb N/A N/A N/A
Organic Braeburn $2.99/lb N/A N/A N/A
Braeburn N/A $1.99/lb N/A $0.79/cents ea.
Organic Red Delicious $2.99/lb N/A $2.19/lb $0.89/cents ea.
Red Delicious N/A $1.99/lb $1.89/lb N/A
Granny Smith $1.99/lb $1.69/lb $1.99/lb $0.79/cents ea.
Golden Delicious N/A $1.99 $1.99/lb N/A
Lemonade N/A N/A $2.99/lb N/A
Jazz N/A $2.49 $2.79/lb N/A
Rose N/A $1.49/lb N/A N/A
Pink Lady N/A $2.49/lb N/A N/A

Raw Honey

Brand Whole Foods Giant Safeway
Honey in the Rough (16oz) N/A $9.69 ($0.60/oz) NA
Aunt Sude Raw (16oz) N/A N/A $8.19 ($0.51/oz)
Really Raw Honey (2lb 10oz) $29.99 ($0.71/oz) N/A N/A
Really Raw Honey (16oz) $12.99 ($0.81/oz) N/A N/A
Really Raw Honey (8oz) $7.99 ($1.00/oz) N/A N/A
Bee Flower & Sun (16oz) $9.99 ($0.62/oz) N/A N/A
Bee Flower & Sun (2lb 12oz) $21.99 ($0.50/oz) N/A N/A