Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Second reaction: The Philippines brand??
Third reaction: For real?
Fourth reaction: On sale???
Fifth reaction: Am I still in Cleveland?
Thursday, May 16, 2013
It all came together in SuperPretzel Softstix, cheese filled soft pretzel sticks.
I knew it would be bad, but I was unprepared for how bad they really were. The worst part was that they had not sufficiently warmed up in the oven in the time indicated by the package, so the first one I tried was warmish on the outiside, but cold on the inside. Fake-ish cheese really needs to be hot to be palatable. It really, really does.
Muffins are so forgiving to bake. But they can be screwed up. Here's how I did it!
- Use raspberries that have been in your freezer for ... no one really knows how long.
- Over-oil the muffin pan. Be super sloppy about it so that oil drips out of the muffin pan during baking.
- Pull muffins out midway because there is an alarming amount of smoke coming out of your oven.
- Leave the half-baked muffins out while you try to clean a hot oven and wipe off the residual oil all around the pan.
- Put the half-baked muffins back in the oven an hour later.
- Take them out when done. Observe how they turned green. Note how they taste really weird.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
|Our coffee roaster. Love it, love it, love it.|
Recently though, I calculated just how much money we saved by roasting our own coffee. Here's the breakdown.
How much we paid roasting our own beans:
- Cost of coffee per year, 45 lbs of coffee beans in one year, for two people = $293 (from Sweet Maria's, with shipping).
- Cost of coffee per pound = $6.50
- Cost of coffee per day (our French press holds 51 ounces) = $0.80
- Cost of coffee, per person, per day = $0.40
- Cost of brewed coffee, per ounce = $0.02
- Cost of coffee per year, 45 lbs of coffee beans in one year, for two people = $540
- Cost of coffee per pound = $12
- Cost of coffee per day= $1.48
- Cost of coffee, per person, per day = $0.74
- Cost of brewed coffee, per ounce = $0.03
- Cost of K-Cup box from Amazon (50 servings, each makes 8 oz) = $29.99
- Cost of one K-cup, each makes a puny 8 oz = $0.60
- Cost of brewed coffee, per ounce = $0.07
- Cost of coffee, per person (assuming 2 K-Cups for one person) per day = $1.20
- Cost of coffee per year, for two people = $876
- Cost of one 20 ounce (Venti size) brewed coffee = $2.00
- Cost of brewed coffee, per ounce = $0.10
- Cost of two people buying one coffee each per day = $4.00
- Cost of coffee per year for two people = $1,460.00
- Cost of one 16 oz latte = $3.55
- Cost of brewed coffee, per ounce = $0.22
- Cost of two people buying one coffee each per day = $7.10
- Cost of coffee per year for two people = $2,591.50
So, to recap:
Cost of coffee for our household over one year:
- (Lattes) From Starbucks: $2,591.50
- From coffee shop: $1,460.00
- Using a single-cup brewing machine: $876
- Using bagged whole roasted coffee beans: $540
- Roasting our own beans: $293
Okay, we never in our lives actually bought coffee from a coffee shop every single day. Does anyone actually do that?
But by roasting our own instead of buying already roasted beans we still save $247 a year - over $20 a month.
Of course a roaster does cost money initially, but a dedicated machine costs about $150, still less than what you would spend buying roasted beans in a year, and will last a few years. And of course, there are even cheaper, DIY ways to go about roasting.
And maybe you want to support your local coffee shop and coffee roaster, and enjoy the relaxing coffee shop atmosphere. Nothing wrong with that!
But roasting your own coffee beans at home will save you money, and potentially a lot of it.
Because with all that cash Foodgoat has saved by roasting coffee, he has ... well, I'm not sure what he's done with it. I think he's bought more beer.