Darn Fresh Food http://darnfreshfood.com Extra Lean Pricing Secrets Sat, 13 Aug 2016 01:28:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Real Cost of Chicken Part 2 http://darnfreshfood.com/the-real-cost-of-chicken-part-2/ http://darnfreshfood.com/the-real-cost-of-chicken-part-2/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 02:20:14 +0000 http://darnfreshfood.com/?p=768 Local Retailer A vs. Darn Fresh Food

A few months back, we posted an article titled: the Real Cost of Chicken. In the article, we discussed how most commercially available products have added about 15% salt water to their product. The result: you are not only paying more for your chicken than you think, but you are also eating a ton more sodium as well. To follow up on this story, we just took some photos of products at a local retail store in the Salt Lake City area. This store is very popular; they sell hundreds of pounds of chicken a day.

There are a few ways to purchases chicken at this retailer, so we surveyed the common options, generally what most would purchase. Here is the Real Cost of Chicken Part 2: Local Retailer A vs. Darn Fresh Food:

Retailer A – Option 1Bag
Number 1 seller at the store:
Frozen Chicken Breasts – 3Lb bag.
Regular price: $7.99; currently on sale for $6.99
Note on the bag: Contains up to 15% chicken broth…
Perceived price per pound: $2.33
Actual price per pound: $2.74 (accounting for 15% additives)

 

 

 

 

Retailer A – Option 2IMG_0191
“Low Chicken Priced”
Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat – Priced per pound
Perceived price per pound: $1.99
Actual price per pound: $2.34 (accounting for 15% additives)
* This product was previously frozen

 

 

 

IMG_0190Retailer A – Option 3
Boneless Chicken Brests, Fresh, Packed two half breasts
Actual price $2.99 per pound
* This is a fresh product

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retailer A – Option 4IMG_0193
Boneless Chicken Breasts, Butcher Block
Actual Price $2.99 per pound
* This is a fresh product

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Breasts Box OpenDarn Fresh Food
Boneless Chicken Breasts
Actual price: $1.99 per pound
* This is a fresh product; most like option 3 and 4 from the retailer.

The results:
Hands down Darn Fresh Food is clearly the winner. The comparable product from the retailer is $2.99 per pound.

Darn Fresh Food is 34% less.

The average family in Salt Lake City, Utah and surrounding areas will save about $40 every 4 to 6 weeks on chicken alone. Even if you do not get the comparable product, DFF chicken is still 15% less than their top selling frozen product.

Stay tuned for Part 3…

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Non-Stick Grilling with a Potato http://darnfreshfood.com/non-stick-grilling-with-a-potato/ http://darnfreshfood.com/non-stick-grilling-with-a-potato/#respond Sat, 11 Jun 2016 02:59:58 +0000 http://darnfreshfood.com/?p=762 The many ways that potatoes can be prepared reminds me of the scene from Forest Gump when Buba was telling Forst about the many different ways you can prepare shrimp. So with the spirit of Forst Gump, potatoes can be served: mashed, french fried, scalloped, hashed, boiled, broiled, baked, grilled… okay, I think you get the picture. There are certainly many uses for potatoes beyond to eat, and perhaps even many uses outside of the kitchen. That said, as we get into BBQ season, one of my favorite ways to use potatoes outside of baking them on the grill, is to use them on the grill itself.

When you cook many things on your BBQ grill, you often become frustrated when your food sticks. Sure, cooking a burger is easy enough, the fat cooking out from the meat is all that is needed to keep it from sticking. However, leaner proteins often require some type of coating to make sure it does not still to the surface. Commercially, there are some products on the market, and you can certainly get a more expensive grill. However, these grills and sometimes the sprays do not work as needed. The answer: a potato.

The next time you are grilling a very lean protein or really anything you think will stick to a grill; reach into your pantry and pull out a potato. Cut the potato in half, and rub it on your hot grill. This will create a nice coating of starch on your grill, and a perfect non-stick surface to grill fish, chicken, and other lean foods on the grill. You may need to reapply, but this is just as simple. Keep your cut potato close by, and reapply as needed.

Simple, easy, and certainly less expensive that other products and guess what… it works! Best of all, you most likely have some potatoes in the pantry (and most always do), and it is a much healthier alternative than others.

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Off The Chain BBQ Sauce for Slow Cooker http://darnfreshfood.com/recipe/off-the-chain-bbq-sauce-for-slow-cooker/ http://darnfreshfood.com/recipe/off-the-chain-bbq-sauce-for-slow-cooker/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 01:21:56 +0000 http://darnfreshfood.com/?post_type=recipe&p=760 {"@context":"http:\/\/schema.org\/","@type":"Recipe","name":"Off The Chain BBQ Sauce for Slow Cooker","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"jeramy"},"datePublished":"2016-06-08 19:21:56","image":"http:\/\/darnfreshfood.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/06\/8735185713_cfebd86195_b.jpg","description":"We all love BBQ, but who has the time to make the sauce and cook all day? I will be the first to admit that BBQ is more than just throwing it on the grill... it is really a labor of love. That said, sometimes you want great BBQ the easy way. Here is a quick go-to recipe for sauce for beef, pork, and chicken.","recipeYield":"12 people","prepTime":"PT20M","cookTime":"PT10M","recipeIngredient":["4 pounds beef Chuck Roast (Can also use chicken or pork roast.)","1 1\/2 cups ketchup (Brand is up to you, just a base)","1\/4 cup packed brown sugar","1\/4 cup bbq sauce (Sweet Bay is great, but use what you have.)","3 tablespoons Worcester sauce","3 tablespoons Dijon mustard","1 teaspoon salt","1\/4 teaspoon pepper","1\/4 teaspoon garlic powder","12 buns hamburger or rolls","1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke (Smokey flavor)","1-3 tablespoons Sriracha sauce (This is strong stuff, and depends on how hot you want it - hot flavor)","1 cup white onion - fine sliced","1\/2 cup pickled jalape\u00f1os","1\/2 cup sliced pickles","1\/2 cup finely crushed pineapple (Sweet flavor)"],"recipeInstructions":["Make sure you meat is fully thawed or better yet, fresh.","Start by cutting up your meat. If you are using beef or pork roast, cut into 3-4 chunks of about 1 to 1 1\/2 pound each. If using chicken breasts (or chicken in general) remove bones and skin. Trim any excess fat off of meat. Place meat into slow cooker. ","In a seperate bowl, combine all of your ingrediants. Mix well and then taste. Ketchup is a great base, as it is sweet a tangy. Let your taste buds tell you if you need something optional. If you like it sweet, add the pinapple. If you want it spicy, add 1 tablespoon of sriacha, etc. Plese add in small ammounts. You can always add more, but too much and you have to do a lot of manipulation to get what you want.","Pour sauce over meet. Just make sure the meat you can see is covered with sauce. Over time it will envelop all meat.","Cook - Now this is where some choices come in. Slower is better. However, you may be in a pinch and need it faster. Best: cook on low for 8-10 hours. Good: cook on high for 6 hours. ","Using a large fork, remove meet from slow cooker and place on cutting board. Leave sauce alone for a minute. This is where you will shread the meat. Best: using two forks, shread your meet. Good: using a fork and kinfe, use fork and kitchen knife to shear your meat.","Take a quick peek at your sauce. If you see some fat floating on top, skim off with a skimmer or large spoon. In a pinch fold over 4-5 paper towels and gently place ontop of fat to soak up. This method works great BTW. Careful not to soak up too much sauce.","Return your shreaded meat to your sauce and stir in sauce to ensure good coverage.","Plan to serve. Best: return meat to slow cooker and continue to cook on low for 30 minutes or longer. Good: return meat to slow cooker and cook on high for about 10-15 minutes. This will make sure the sauce if set in well to all the meat.","Serve: If available, use a slotted spoon and scoop about 1\/2 a cup of meat to your bun. Add onions, pickels, jalapions as approprite."],"recipeCategory":"BBQ","recipeCuisine":"BBQ"}
Off The Chain BBQ Sauce for Slow Cooker
We all love BBQ, but who has the time to make the sauce and cook all day? I will be the first to admit that BBQ is more than just throwing it on the grill... it is really a labor of love. That said, sometimes you want great BBQ the easy way. Here is a quick go-to recipe for sauce for beef, pork, and chicken.
Servings Prep Time
12people 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10minutes 6-8hours
Servings Prep Time
12people 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10minutes 6-8hours
Ingredients
Optional
Instructions
  1. Make sure you meat is fully thawed or better yet, fresh.
  2. Start by cutting up your meat. If you are using beef or pork roast, cut into 3-4 chunks of about 1 to 1 1/2 pound each. If using chicken breasts (or chicken in general) remove bones and skin. Trim any excess fat off of meat. Place meat into slow cooker.
  3. In a seperate bowl, combine all of your ingrediants. Mix well and then taste. Ketchup is a great base, as it is sweet a tangy. Let your taste buds tell you if you need something optional. If you like it sweet, add the pinapple. If you want it spicy, add 1 tablespoon of sriacha, etc. Plese add in small ammounts. You can always add more, but too much and you have to do a lot of manipulation to get what you want.
  4. Pour sauce over meet. Just make sure the meat you can see is covered with sauce. Over time it will envelop all meat.
  5. Cook - Now this is where some choices come in. Slower is better. However, you may be in a pinch and need it faster. Best: cook on low for 8-10 hours. Good: cook on high for 6 hours.
  6. Using a large fork, remove meet from slow cooker and place on cutting board. Leave sauce alone for a minute. This is where you will shread the meat. Best: using two forks, shread your meet. Good: using a fork and kinfe, use fork and kitchen knife to shear your meat.
  7. Take a quick peek at your sauce. If you see some fat floating on top, skim off with a skimmer or large spoon. In a pinch fold over 4-5 paper towels and gently place ontop of fat to soak up. This method works great BTW. Careful not to soak up too much sauce.
  8. Return your shreaded meat to your sauce and stir in sauce to ensure good coverage.
  9. Plan to serve. Best: return meat to slow cooker and continue to cook on low for 30 minutes or longer. Good: return meat to slow cooker and cook on high for about 10-15 minutes. This will make sure the sauce if set in well to all the meat.
  10. Serve: If available, use a slotted spoon and scoop about 1/2 a cup of meat to your bun. Add onions, pickels, jalapions as approprite.
Recipe Notes

Remember, good BBQ is all about the sauce. Spoon extra sauce onto your meat when serving as appropriate. Trust me when I tell you, your guests will be asking you for your recipe. You can vary the ingredients a bit based on what you have available. I have added jalapeno peach salsa (about 1/3 cup) to make a spicy sweet flavor; use about 1 tablespoon of horseradish instead of mustard to make a punchy spicy flavor. Remember, add optional ingredients at the end, and in small quantities. You can always add a bit more, but much harder to adjust if you put too much.

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Smart and Fresher Buying – Bulk Shopping http://darnfreshfood.com/smart-and-fresher-buying-bulk-shopping/ http://darnfreshfood.com/smart-and-fresher-buying-bulk-shopping/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 23:04:01 +0000 http://darnfreshfood.com/?p=754 There are many perks to buying your meat in a Fresher and Smarter way from Darn Fresh Food. While some consider this to be a bulk purchase, weChicken Breasts Box Closed discussed in another article that it is just buying Smarter. Indeed, you will save money in the process, about 20-40% or more off your food bill. However, many do not look at the big picture of the many benefits that Smart buying can lend to an already busy family.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Save Time – When you get a large quantity of meat such as chicken, you may be thinking it takes to much time to separate and bag. Truth be known, it is not much time compared to the savings. We recommend that you grill your chicken before freezing. In about 90 minutes, you can grill enough chicken to last a family of 5 for about a month. After you grill, you strip cut and pack into individual bags and freeze. You then just use as needed, and takes just a couple of minutes to have fresh chicken. This will save you hours a month.
  • DFF Chicken 004Cost Savings: We have covered this before in the past. Yes, the upfront cost savings is about 20-40%, and sometimes more. However, people do not see the hidden costs of a busy family. After a long day, you head home and wonder what you are going to feed your family. You then think I will just pick up something to go to avoid cooking. The result is fast food, which is more expenses and not as healthy. We often have chicken tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, stir fry, etc., all of which are made in about 10 minutes for a fraction of the cost.
  • Low Sodium: Most do not even notice this one. Packaged and processed chicken that is frozen is very high in sodium. Up to 500%, more sodium can be found in what is commonly labeled as “Natural Chicken.” Here is a link to an almost frightening article about how much sodium is in typical frozen chicken.
  • Better Quality: Darn Fresh Chicken is butcher block quality. This is the same chicken sold in the butcher block in the back of the grocery store. This is fresh, never frozen chicken, so you can be assured that your family is eating a better quality product.

These are just a few of the many reasons why buying Fresher and Smarter is the best choice for you and your busy family.

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Help My School – Fundraiser http://darnfreshfood.com/help-my-school-fundraiser/ http://darnfreshfood.com/help-my-school-fundraiser/#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 23:32:52 +0000 http://darnfreshfood.com/?p=697 One of the founding principles of Darn Fresh Food™ has always been giving back to the community. This was something that we have been working for, and we are happy to announce that it is finally rolling out with our first program: Help My School. With this program, Darn Fresh Food and you will contribute to give back a portion of the profits to local schools. This is a great fundraiser for any school, a true community partnership.

Not your average fundraiser

Imagine this: you are around the house when the doorbell rings. As you open the door, you see your neighbor and her kids standing in front of you, asking you to buy some random cookie dough as a school fundraiser. You, of course, have no need for cookie dough, but then again you want to be a good neighbor and help out the local school. You order a couple of packs, pay your $25-30 and a couple of weeks later, you get two tubs of cookie dough to stuff into your freezer… sound familiar. While we all want to do our part by helping kids and your communities, many things commonly sold during fundraisers are not essential.

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A Smarter and Fresher Fundraiser

Now imagine this: you go to the grocery one or more times a week to buy many items. You enjoy buying things and saving money, and of course, you want your family to eat the best. You go to your computer, order some chicken, ground beef, and some bacon, a family favorite. Pay for your order and just like that, you raised money for your school. Your designated school will receive a portion of the profits from each and every item purchased. It is that simple. Not only will the school receive money from your purchase today, but they will also receive funds for each and every purchase you make FOREVER!

Consider the facts:

According to the National Chicken Council, the average family of five eats nearly 40 pounds of chicken per month. If you
purchase this chicken at the local big box store, you will pay about $2.34 per pound (at the time of this article), or about 93.60 a month. This is for frozen chicken; that contains a saltwater additive as a filler.

If you make the same purchase from Darn Fresh Food™, the same 40 pounds of chicken will cost you $1.88 per pound (at the time of this Chickenarticle), or about $75.20 for a savings to your family of $18.40. That is an annual saving of over $220! Best of all, our chicken is fresh, never frozen and does not contain any fillers. Better product, less cost, and your school will share in the profits. Now that is Smarter and Fresher!

Raise Money by Saving Money

That’s right, by making a purchase from Darn Fresh Food™ you can lower your food bill, buy better a better quality of products, and raise money for your school. Yes, now that truly is a Smarter and Fresher fundraiser. Your school will thank you; your wallet will like you, and your family will love you, and you never have to buy something you do not need to raise money for your school again.

While we are still in the process of developing our program and page on our site, it is up and running, and you can now start to participate, and your school will benefit. Check out our Help Your School page for more information.

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Memorial Day Backyard Pre-BBQ Tips http://darnfreshfood.com/memorial-day-backyard-pre-bbq-tips/ http://darnfreshfood.com/memorial-day-backyard-pre-bbq-tips/#respond Thu, 12 May 2016 23:59:19 +0000 http://darnfreshfood.com/?p=646 Spring is here, and with Memorial Day around the corner, the start of the backyard BBQ parties are here too. If you live someplace where it snows, like us in Utah, it has likely been several months since you have even seen your BBQ, much less cooked on it. No doubt, you will be planning to wheel it out of the garage, dust it off, and get ready to fire it up for a Memorial Day backyard party. With just over a week left before the BBQ season starts, here are some tips to help ensure that you are prepared for when your guests arrive at the party.

Get your BBQ out NOW!

Pull out your BBQ from the garage or storage in advance of your event day. I know this seems silly to have to say, but sales research indicates the highest sales days bbq-clipart-06for BBQ’s is the Memorial Day weekend, with a huge number being sold on the day itself. One would have to suspect that some learn that day they need a new one, and have to run out and get one, assembly it, and learn how to cook on a new grill the day of the party.

Repair as needed

As you pull out and clean up your BBQ, make sure to make notes of any items that need to be replaced or repaired. This is very helpful in terms of locating and buying replacement parts. Amazon is a great place to get replacement parts, but you will need at least a few days to get it; and no delivery on holidays. Amazon will have the factory or a high quality aftermarket part that can save you 40-50% off what you will pay at the home improvement store.

10-Memorial-Day-BBQ-Recipes-that-Wont-Make-You-Fat-Photo4Plan Your Menu

May seem silly to think about a BBQ menu as being a challenge, but depending on how many people will attend, you may need a few days to plan. Additionally, planning in advance will give you an opportunity to take advantage of best pricing and selection. A Smarter and Fresher way to purchase your meats is through Darn Fresh Food™. Right now we have a great price on our T-Bone steaks; restaurant cut, and guaranteed to impress your guests. Consider other menu items, such as Ahi Tuna steaks as well.

Pre-Game Prep

Just like an event, test our your grill before your event. Make sure you have enough propane, charcoal, and or wood for your party. Fire-up the grill and do a trial run with the meets you have chosen for your event. This is especially true if you have just purchased a new grill, so you can see for yourself exactly how it cooks. Over and under cooking challenges cane overcome with a test run, and you can also try out any new recipes you are planning.

Hosting a backyard BBQ is a lot of fun, but can also be stressful if you are not well prepared. Follow these simples tips and you will reduce your stress, save money, and impress your guests.

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Is it really a bulk buy, or just smart buying? http://darnfreshfood.com/is-it-really-a-bulk-buy-or-just-smart-buying/ http://darnfreshfood.com/is-it-really-a-bulk-buy-or-just-smart-buying/#respond Fri, 06 May 2016 15:45:56 +0000 http://darnfreshfood.com/?p=587 Bulk buying of groceries is increasingly becoming more popular as everyone is looking for ways to save money on some of the things they buy the most: often groceries. While keep_calm_and_buying_in_bulk_on_note_cardsmany flock to the big box stores to load up for a few weeks or even a few months, it is becoming increasing more popular to use other sources to make purchases. That is where Darn Fresh Food™ come in. However, the question is this:

Is it really buying in bulk?

The short answer…. yes and no. It certainly depends on many factors, such as eating habits, the size of family, and so forth. For some, purchasing a case of chicken may be considered a bulk buy. For others, it is just a routine task, something done perhaps every month or even more.

The average person eats about 92 pounds of chicken per year!

According to the National Chicken Council, the guys who track this sort of thing, the average person consumes about 92 pounds of chicken per year. A family of 5 eats about 40 pounds of chicken each and every month… which just happens to be a case of chicken! In that case, it is really not about buying in bulk, but rather just making a monthly purchase. As such, using Darn Fresh Food™ is a very logical choice, as it is quick easy, and at a lower cost without all the fillers.

Not bulk buying, just buying smart!

By making a purchase one time per month, a family of five can easily save nearly $200 per year on chicken alone. We would also like to mention that by purchasing from Darn Fresh Food™ you are virtually eliminating the fillers in most commercially available chicken, resulting in a healthier product and a savings of around $250 per year… yes, on the same product.

Start your smart buying today… click here to learn more.

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We Are Up and Running! http://darnfreshfood.com/we-are-up-and-running/ http://darnfreshfood.com/we-are-up-and-running/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:57:45 +0000 http://darnfreshfood.com/?p=556 If you have ever started a company, particularly one online, then you know that there is always unexpected challenges to work through… we are no different. We started Darn Fresh Food™ with a simple vision of helping families to buy high-quality foods at a great price. No middlemen, low overhead, and ability to connect with our customers and provide fresh products. We have been able to do it, but for months, we struggled with our software. We are a bit unique in how we have structured our business model in that we also wanted to give back to our communities and reward you, our customers.

In the past few months, we have been finally able to do (well almost entirely) do what we intended to do from day one. Not only host a website that would accommodate our shopping cart, but the ability to track all sales to a referral source. Tracking allows us to develop our community model entirely and reward our customers.

As of now we are off. We now have the ability to fully launch our site, reward customers for their purchases, provide rewards for referrals, and also provide fundraising opportunities for our community partners. We have officially launched!

Click here to set up your customer account now!

While we are a long way away from where we want to be, the good news is that we can adequately service our clients in the manner intended. There is more to come for sure. We encourage you to take a look at our site and sign up as a customer. When you do, you will automatically be enrolled in our rewards program where you will not only earn rewards on your purchases, but also referral credits when you share Darn Fresh Food™ with your friends and family. You will also be added to our mail list to be updated on events, specials, and more.

Welcome to Darn Fresh Food™! Where Fresh and Frugal is a way of business!

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The Real Cost of Chicken http://darnfreshfood.com/the-real-cost-of-chicken/ http://darnfreshfood.com/the-real-cost-of-chicken/#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:06:45 +0000 http://darnfreshfood.com/?p=139 Families are always looking to save money on their food bill and many purchase chicken in bulk at a local big box store. You have all seen the large bags of frozen chicken breast for what looks like a great deal. The question is this: is it a great deal?

Most shoppers will see the bags of chicken for $2.39-$2.49 per pound, and not think twice about their purchase. Appears to be a good deal right? Ten pounds of quality frozen chicken for about $24 at the average big box store. While true this may be a good value compared to what you will find at the local grocery store, the real cost of the chicken is higher than what is advertised. The truth is this you are paying for fillers and a lot of water.

The average shopper will see a bag of frozen chicken and assume that they are buying chicken. This misconception a common mistake, what else could be in the frozen chicken. However, if you read the bag you will learn that as much as a fifth of the product you are purchasing is water. A 10-pound bag of frozen chicken may have up to 2 pounds of water injected into the product. If you take that into consideration, the new price per pound is about $3.00, and worse, this is a sodium water solution. Not only are you now overpaying for your chicken, but you are adding a lot of sodium to your diet.

At Darn Fresh Food we only sell fresh, never frozen chicken without the fillers. In short, when you purchase chicken for $2.19 per pound you are getting all chicken with no water or fillers added. In a nutshell, you can get about 40 pounds of whole chicken breasts for about the same cost of 30 pounds at a big box store. How is that for a real cost and real savings.

Join the Darn Fresh Family and learn how you can save money on your grocery bill and start paying for just chicken, and not water.

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