Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Supermarket Hours for Christmas Day

Many supermarkets will be closed on Christmas Day, and open on Christmas Eve. For Christmas Eve many retailers and grocery stores will have specials hours, some stores will close earlier than usual, while others will stay open for more hours.

Kroger Supermarkets, one of the biggest grocery retailers in the US, with over 2,100 stores in 31 states, will have special hours for Christmas Eve. If you want to find what are the holiday hours for your favorite supermarket, check the retailer website or call ahead to the store.

Kroger Christmas Day Hours are subject to change from year to year, but many supermarkets will be closed on this day. For Christmas grocery supplies you should plan the shopping trip in advance, because most supermarkets will be closed on that day.

One of the retailers which will have the stores open for 24 hours, even on Christmas Day is Walgreens, a retailer which offer a limited range of grocery items. Most Walgreens stores that will not be opened for 24 hours, will close at 6PM.

Other stores that will be open for limited hours on Christmas Day are the Albertson's supermarkets, and the CVS stores, that offer a limited range of groceries.

Monday, November 21, 2016

How to save with this year Cyber Monday Deals

This year is expected to be the largest Cyber Monday shopping frenzy, surpassing last year’s record sales of $3 billion. Cyber Monday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, when retailers offer deep online discounts. Cyber Monday falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and this year, Cyber Monday will be on Monday, November 28th, 2016.

Some retailers will start to offer early deals, ahead of Cyber Monday, for bigger sales, but most retailers will stick to the Monday after Thanksgiving. Walmart has already announced that its starting its online Cyber Week sales on Friday at 12:01 a.m. Eastern. Last year, Cyber Monday kicked off one day early, and well before midnight. Black Friday deals will be offered online on Thanksgiving morning, with stores open at 6PM later that day.

Another retailer which posted the deals for Cyber Monday is Dell, a well known electronics retailer that sells laptops, computers, tablets, printers and HDTVs.

Last year the Cyber Monday Deals from Costco where live on Monday, and where available on that day only. Some of there deals included Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+ Upright Vacuum, Samsung 55″ Class (54.6″ Diag.) 4K Ultra HD Smart Curved LED, and KitchenAid 4.5 qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

Amazon, the biggest online retailer had launched its Black Friday Deals Store at the start of November, and will offer new deals as often as every five minutes through December 22.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Costco Black Friday Appliances Deals

The Costco Black Friday Deals for this year has some specials for the Kitchen, including appliances for Kitchen.

This year sale includes $100 OFF for Blendtec Pro Blender with WildSide+ and Mini WildSide Jars, $80 OFF for Saeco Fully Automatic Expresso Machine, and if you like meat Costco stores have a great deal on Whole Boneless Pork Loin Vacuum Packaged - $8 OFF.

Costco stores will be closed for Thanksgiving Day, and open early for Black Friday, sale starts at 9AM on Friday November 25, 2016.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Broccoli - What your need to know

Broccoli has its origins in Italy, and has been eaten there since the time of the ancient Romans in the 6th Century BC.

The most common variety of broccoli is Calabrese broccoli, named after its place of origin, Calabria, Italy.

These vegetable was brought to America by Thomas Jefferson. He imported broccoli seeds from Italy and planted them in his own garden in 1767.

Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, and is a vegetable. It's name is derived from the Italian word broccolo, meaning the flowering top of a cabbage.

The broccoli florets are buds ready to bloom, and when left unharvested, broccoli will burst into a bunch of yellow flowers.

Broccoli is high in Vitamin C, and one cup of raw chopped broccoli will give you your entire daily needed intake of Vitamin C. These vegetable is also high in Vitamin A.

California produces 90% of the total broccoli production in the United States.
Broccoli is high in fiber. Not only in soluble fiber but insoluble as well.

How to naturally whiten teeth

There are many fruits and vegetables that could help you whiten teeth without the help of expensive treatments.

Apples, celery and carrots - the crisp, crunchy fruits and vegetables increase saliva production in your mouth, which helps fight off and kill bacteria
Strawberries - these great fruits contain an enzyme called malic acid that naturally remove surface tooth discoloration.
Oranges - these fruits increase saliva production, which may help wash bacteria from the teeth.
Baking soda - this produt contains a natural form of salt that works as a mild abrasive to remove food and stains from the teeth.
Broccoli & cauliflower - these vegetable florets help scrub the surface of your teeth and prevent other foods from sticking to your teeth.
Seeds & nuts - these foods have abrasive qualities that can rub away plaque and stains from the surface of your teeth.
Water - helps keep your mouth hydrated and naturally wash away food that sticks to your teeth.

What foods to avoid:
Soda - these beverages are highly acidic and can soften tooth enamel and stain your teeth.
Candies & sweets
Coffee & black tea

Tips for Preparing Tomatoes

Before serving tomatoes, wash under cool running water and pat dry. If the recipe requires seeded tomatoes, cut the fruit in half horizontally and gently squeeze out the seeds. However, your should use the whole tomato with seeds, because there are many valuable nutrients in the seeds that you would not want to lose.

When cooking tomatoes, you should avoid using aluminum cookware since the high acid content of the tomatoes may interact with the metal in the cookware. When cooking tomatoes with aluminum cookware there may be migration of aluminum into the food, which will give the meal an unpleasant taste, and may have a potentially unwanted impact on your health.

Use the whole tomatoes when cooking, because the researches show that there is higher lycopene content in whole tomato products. When the skins of tomatoes are included in the making of the tomato sauce, the lycopene and beta-carotene content of the paste is significant higher according to research studies.

Lycopene is a carotenoid, a natural color pigment that contributes to the deep red color of tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. 

Tomatoes are great when added to bean and vegetable soups, and the best recipe with tomatoes is the classic Italian salad - tomatoe, sliced onions, cheese, and extra virgin olive oil.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Breakfast Recipe: Guacamole & Egg Sandwich

Fast & easy breakfast recipe inspiration: Guacamole & egg sandwich

·         Fully ripe avocado
·         Pinch of salt
·         Lemon zest
·         2 slices whole grain bread
·         1 egg
Instructions: blend in a food processor or puree the avocado in a bowl for more texture. Add salt and lemon zest to taste.

Toast bread to your preference and spread plenty of the guacamole on each slice, then top with either fried or baked egg. Add additional toppings like feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, corn etc.

Tip for recognizing ripe avocados: if when gently squeezed the fruit yields to the pressure, then it’s ready for use. Otherwise, store the avocado at room temperature in a brown paper bag to speed up the process and leave until soft.

Depending on how firm the fruit, it can take from 12 hours to six days to fully ripen an avocado. Placing another fruit in the bag – such as an apple will also help ripen the fruit faster. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Grow your own onions and garlic

Learn how to grow onions and garlic for you family, and how to keep them stored through the winter.

Onions are known for their long-term storage capabilities, like Copra, Redwing, and Stuttgarter varieties. If you want to grow onions, select varieties for your growing area. long-term storage are .

Onions are usually planted in early spring, and have to fully mature to ensure the best storage capabilities. Onions can be harvested when the tops flop over, and the foliage begins to turn yellow.
Cure the onions for several weeks by spreading them out in a single layer in a dark, cool, and dry place with good airflow. You can store the onions in baskets in a cool, dark, and dry location for winter.
In the supermarkets you can buy onions all year, mostly Vidalia onions. Prices vary from supermarket to supermarket, and will cost you about $1.99 for a 3 lb bag at Kroger Supermarkets.

First, you must select the garlic varieties that grow well in your area. Softneck varieties are suited for growing in mild climates, while Hardneck varieties are suited for areas with cold winters.

Garlic is planted in the fall, and harvested the following summer. Before your store the garlic for winter you must cure the onions in a dry place, then store the garlic in baskets in a cool, dark, and dry location.
Check the garlic every few weeks and pull out any bulbs that feel soft.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Kale Nutrition Facts

Kale is an easy-to-grow green, best to be used within a few days of harvesting. Use the larger, dark greens for stir-fries, or soup, while the plant keeps growing.
Kale is an excellent source of Omega-fatty acids. One serving of kale contains 121 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids and 92.4 milligrams of omega-6 fatty acids.

Kale Nutrition Facts - Serving Size: 3.5 ounces (100 grams), raw

                                                                                  Amt. Per Serving  % Daily Value
    Calories from fat
Total fat
1 g
    Saturated fat
0 g
    Trans fat
0 mg
43 mg
Total Carbohydrate
10 g
    Dietary Fiber
2 g
3 g
Vitamin A303%Vitamin C200%

Costco Grocery Savings

If you shop at Costco you know they have the best deals for groceries. In order to shop at Costco Warehouses you need to be a member. Costco membership is $55 plus plus applicable taxes or $110 plus applicable taxes for the Executive.
With the Executive membership you get - annual 2% reward on most Costco purchases, additional benefits on Costco Services and Travel.

Write a Grocery List

Groceries are usually put at the back of the Costco stores to force customers to walk through the rows of merchandise. Stick to you list if you don't want to buy other stuff.

Don't Shop For One

Costco sells groceries in bulk so you'll end up with wasted food. When shopping at Costco, either join forces with a few friends and split up the giant packs of groceries.

Save with Coupons

Don't forget to bring your Costco Coupons to get great savings on groceries.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Grocery Deals That You Should Snag This 4th of July

Every 4th of July is different and there are as many celebrations around this time as there are fireworks and barbecues. Families get together, people gather for beach concerts, friends fly from all across America to visit each other so everyone’s busy prepping for the long weekend.

If you’re playing host for this year’s Fourth of July reunion or you’re simply looking to score best deals on groceries, then happy shopping! Here are some of the groceries offered at discounted prices in advance of Independence Day.

If you’re not hearing that grilling sizzle, wait a while. Grocery retailers like Kroger, Albertsons or Winn-Dixie are just firing up this week’s ad deals on meat cuts. So power up that freezer in the garage and consider stocking up on your favorite meat cuts.

For best grilling and least expensive options, choose chuck steak, which is a very versatile cut of beef that cooks easily with good instructions. Look for best recipes online and opt to marinate the meat first for enhanced flavor. Low and slow grilling is recommended.
You can also stock up on chicken breasts, ground pork sausages and ground turkey, all suitable to freeze up to one year. 

Whether alcoholic or kids friendly, there are few other perfect opportunities to purchase beverages at discounted prices than the 4th of July celebration. What retailer won’t want to give people a chance to lavishly spend their hard earned money this holiday too?

And if it’s hard earned, then you too should make the most of your paycheck and look to buy from those retailers that put out genuine promotions, generally including very reasonable prices for drinks bought in cases or in bulk. Since festive cocktails are in season, some of the drinks to buy now are vodka, schnapps, bourbon, tequila and rum. Soft drinks for kids all the way. 

Ice Cream
Well if it’s the 4th of July, then it’s BBQs, and then it’s definitely ice cream desserts too. Unless you’re going more traditional and opt for apple pies or strawberry’s shortcakes, in which case skip this one. But really, who wouldn’t want a little cool, red, white and blue treat for the 4th of July?

Ice cream is probably among the most popular groceries around this time of year and retailers are offering their best choices at good bargains so why not stock up for the weekends ahead too? Consider all the ways you can serve ice cream: make ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes, sundaes, pies, parfaits and the list only gets longer. 

You need the grill to cook a steak but you also need good condiments. And if you’re planning on barbequing a lot this summer season, then the 4th of July grocery sales are a good opportunity to restock your pantry.

Look for prices dropping on BBQ sauces, mustards, ketchup and spices the days before the holiday weekend. You might score excellent deals on upscale mustard brands, and what better way to complement a burger or a hot dog meal if not with America’s second most used spice? What’s number one? Why, it’s peppercorns of course. 

Many goodies fall into this very particular grocery category, but what usually goes on sale the week before Fourth of July are potato chips, crackers, and cookies. And there is plenty of variety when it comes to favorite options.

Chips from most popular brands won’t be the only ones to worth their salt this Fourth of July so if you’re a potato chips aficionado but more into regional brands than into Lay’s, then look for deals at your local grocery or look up online offers for Utz and Zapp’s.