by Holly Cooley
Lately I've been asked more and more about the prices of THRIVE foods and how the prices compare to grocery store prices. This is such a great question and I several comparisons on file that have been done which show that THRIVE is, indeed an economical product. I know that when I make meals for my family, they generally work out to be WAY cheaper than convenience foods and yet they're just as simple to fix.
Well I decided I would take a little bit of time and work out a price comparison for one of my favorite THRIVE products—Sausage Crumbles. I'm going to be doing this with other THRIVE products that we use at the Cooley-plex, but this is a good place to start.
As I said, FD Sausage Crumbles are one of my favorite products. Do you want to know why? It's because I never have to fry sausage again! I will never have to clean up a greasy skillet, or greasy stove, or lose a t-shirt to grease splatters! And I don't have to worry about getting burned by flying grease! Add to that the fact that I have a Q—saving my time and gas as well. In the past I've lost food when freezers have quit, or doors haven't been shut properly—with Thrive I can have Sausage on hand and not worry about freezer space or dependability. An un-opened can of sausage has a 25 year shelf life and I've got a year to use it once I've opened it. Trust me—it never lasts that long in this house! =)
So, beyond these obvious perks, I wanted to know what the actual price difference really was. The equivalents chart recommends that 2 ½ Cups of the FD Sausage would be equal to a lb of sausage. Well, that always seems like way too much to me and I always used a little over a cup when I cooked with it.
I decided to find out once and for all how this all broke down.
My first step was to go to the local meat market and purchase a pound of sausage. Here in Virginia that sausage was $4.05/lb. I brought it home and fried it up in a skillet (I narrowly escaped getting burned with popping grease!). Then I transferred it to a strainer to remove the grease and allow to cool.
While I was frying, I measured out 1 ½ Cups (my guess on the equivalent THRIVE Sausage Crumbles, added a cup of warm water and let it soak for about 20 minutes—the amount of time it took to fry the sausage.
Next I got out my digital food scale. I got out two identical bowls and weighed them. Then I filled one bowl with the freshly fried sausage from the meat market and weighed it. Since the sausage was good quality and there hadn't been a ridiculous amount of grease in the skillet I was surprised to find that a pound of sausage, after rendering the fat, had been reduced to 11.2 oz.
Next I drained the Sausage Crumbles and placed some in the other bowl. After carefully adding so that I came up with 11.2 oz, I found that I actually had a bit more left! So I went back to the drawing board and re-hydrated another 1 1/3 cups of Sausage Crumbles, drained, and it came out to 11.2 oz. So there was my answer to the actual equivalent!
1 1/3 Cups Sausage Crumbles, soaked in 1 Cup water = 1 Lb of Sausage.
So after doing the math on all of this, these are my findings:
There are the equivalent of 9 pounds of Sausage in a #10 can.
At the current price, that means I am paying $4.99/lb for my Sausage Crumbles.
This means I am paying .94 cents more per pound over the cost of fresh.
That's less than a dollar to have someone shop for my sausage; deliver it to my kitchen; fry my sausage; clean up my stove and the greasy skillet afterward; package it so that I can store it in my pantry for 25 years, so I can just scoop it out whenever I want it.
Sausage on demand! I like it!