Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Egg surplus

I wish I could say these all-natural eggs came from a magazine-worthy backyard coop. You know, the one tucked behind my organic, French-inspired kitchen garden?

Kroger marked a shelf of eggs down to 50 cents a carton.

Even if you don't buy health foods, swing by the organic corner of your store! Others forget, and you can benefit from the surplus.

28 comments:

TracyMichele said...

WAIT! Were these organic? Ugh. I was at Kroger yesterday morning and didn't see them. Might be worthy of another stop this afternoon. Thanks for the tip!

Amy G said...

Well, the way you took the picture makes it LOOK like you left the eggs on the potting bench adjacent to your beautiful kitchen garden.

I'm often surprised by how comparable the organic prices are. My grocery carries a small local organic section, and as "conventional" produce gets more expensive to haul up from Chile, the organic is getting more and more reasonable here.

Elijah's Mom said...

excellent tip! Check the expiry dates on everything you buy. If it's two days out they will give you atleast 50-75% off. I purchased lots of perfect pre-packaged veggies this way. Pretty picture of the eggs, btw. :)

Anonymous said...

Super price if they still fresh!

wholefoodsfamily.wordpress.com said...

What a great find! My supermarket must've ordered too much organic milk, because the last couple of weeks they marked them down to only $2.50, and they don't expire for a few weeks still. I've been stocking up!

Jaime

Anonymous said...

Hi Meredith! Longtime lurker here. My store had eggs on sale too, and I wondered if you could freeze raw eggs? In or out of the shell?

Thanks!
Danish

Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home said...

That's a great find! I never seem to run across discounted eggs, but I do check my organic section every single time because it frequently marks down organic milk to 1/2 price, just a couple days before expiry.

Whenever I find this, I stock up. I make as much homemade yogurt as my fridge can handle, as well as a litre or two of kefir (a yogurt-like drink), and then I freeze the rest. Since I use it primarily for making yogurt and kefir, it works perfectly even after being frozen.

I just love paying only half price, and I've gotten so that I won't buy it at regular price anymore! And when I'm really lucky, I find the organic whipping cream on 1/2 price... mmmm, pancakes. :)

Elizabeth said...

I'll have to check that out.

That's a lovely photo, and I can imagine that it comes from a coop behind your French inspired kitchen!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Meredith,

I've been practicing frugality for almost 15 years, and that's an entirely new tip for me!

Jora

Mary Ellen (Carolina Momma) said...

Great score! I love Kroger! This week I picked up the individual size Horizon milk for .50 ea after sale and coupon and found some organic whole wheat bread on Manager's Special for $1.50 a loaf.

anya* said...

I always make a point to do this at Fred Meyer's. They usually have organic produce in little microwavable bags marked way down, like 49cents a bag. But yummy stuff like asparagus or fancy zucchini or purple beans. I always pick up a few bags when they are there and have a great side dish that only my husband and I would enjoy.

topaztook said...

If you're looking for something to do with all those eggs, you might want to visit http://frugalupstate.blogspot.com She's hosting a series of frugal food showcases, with recipes. This week is tuna -- but last week was eggs.

Meredith said...

Tracy, these were at my Kroger, but a special mark down because they were marked "sell by June 18". I left at least 20 cartons yesterday morning.

You CAN freeze raw eggs after pouring them into another container and adding either salt or sugar. I'll be sharing this method later.

Anonymous said...

How long would you use eggs beyond the "sell by" date? My friend discards them on that day, but I will use them as long as a week beyond that. I don't think I am interested in freezing eggs, but I might go on a baking spree and freeze the baked goods if I found them that cheap. P

LynnMarie said...

There is no Kroger up my way - RATS!! Great find BTW.

Meredith said...

Just me, but I would probably use them within a week of the sell-by date.

If they weren't safe to eat after that date, why would they sell them, right?

My MIL uses egg beaters and freezes them until she needs them. Freezing the mix works just the same.

We'll be going out of town soon so I need to use them soon regardless.

Anna said...

You know you can dunk them in water to find out if they're still good, right? Bad eggs float.

Betsy said...

I've used eggs more than a week after the expiration date. A good bit longer, actually.

In all my years of cooking, I've had one bad egg. Trust me...you'll know if an egg is bad. It isn't something you wonder about. It's something that sends you screaming out of the kitchen, with the dog and small children wondering why you've lost your mind. LOL

Nancy said...

What a great find. I hope you'll share your creative uses with us.

Suzy said...

You can actually keep eggs refrigerated 4-5 weeks past their pack date. I always stock up if I can get them cheapo. Great score! I am off to Kroger!

Kelly said...

I always crack an egg in a small ramekin before adding to dish. This is just in case of a bad egg . That way you are only out one egg and not a whole recipe.

TJ said...

Glad Suzy said that, because I've used eggs almost a month past expiration, knowing how long eggs will keep if properly stored.

The best price on organic mark downs I've received was 99 cents, so that was an awesome deal! Have fun using them up. Plus after Eggs being last weeks frugal food, you should have plenty of ideas.

Nil Zed said...

Yay Suzy, you got it right.

It says BEST if used by, so, they no longer look their best, but they are OK for those few more weeks. The older it is, the flatter the yolk and the watery-er the white. Not as pretty for fried eggs, but for everything else, just as good.

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

Hey. . . I know where you can get some great egg recipes ;)

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

Once again your posts make me pine for these wonderful stores you call Aldi and Kroger! (We have nothing like that here!) I also love to find out what to do with sale priced items, 50cents for organic eggs--WHAT a deal!!

melody said...

yeah, kroger marks down bakery, organic milk, eggs, cheese, produce and meat. they also have the "odds & ends" table where i find great deals on imported foods quite often! half of my trips to kroger are solely to buy marked down food!

Daiquiri said...

Good idea, I never check there! And have I been living in the dark ages or what? I just learned that raw scrambled eggs can be frozen! Just the thing for a good stockpile! :)

GiddyRobinMama said...

Yes some stores are better than others at finding deals on organics clearanced. I get good deals on Organic dairy and veggies at a Kroger near a lot of apartment complexes, but never find anything good in the ritzier hood Kroger.