milk - only will buy organic on this one
crackers - goldfish type
cookies, graham crackers
brocoli - I tend to buy frozen organic veggies for the kids.
I'm sure I'm forgetting some...
i have read that fruits and vegetables are the first thing you should buy organic - if you have to subprioritize within the fruits and veggies, buy those that you either eat the skin and those that have a rough skin.
for example, you don't eat the skin of a cantaloupe, but the skin is so rough, there is no way to clean it adequately; therefore, when you cut it, the pesticides will get on the knife and into the part you are eating anyway.
after fruits and veggies, if you can buy more organic things - buy those that have a high fat content - peanut butter, oils, etc.
hope that helps!
we also prioritize meat. We don't eat much but what we do eat is 10% organic and usually local so we can visit the farm, make sure it is clean and the animals well treated (organic doesn't nessecarily garuntee that)
next comes fruit and veggies I can't wash. frozen, juiced etc. . . . actually this will thechnically include just about everything processed but I don't buy organic bread (because the price difference is enourmous)
then leafy veggies and things that are hard to wash well.
then fruits and veggies easy to wash where we eat the skin.
finally are the things that I can wash and then remove the skin.
Bread- too expensive. If you want organic bread, you really need to make your own.
Peanut butter- shell gives some protection. I'd go for the cheapest possible, as long as it's unadulterated.
Strawberries and grapes I would, if they were affordable, but again, I'd look at eating seasonally. It's when you get to eating summer fruits in mid-winter that all of the pesticides are needed.
Cheese is made from milk. Nuff said?
Eggs- again, all the crap chickens are fed is fat soluble, so will get into the eggs. Not a healthy start for a baby chicken, not a healthy start for your kids. There's also a fairly small price difference between organic and free-range, BUT you may be able to find a local farmer who isn't certified but doesn't use chemicals and hormones. Best of every world. Same with meat. Buy organic, but especially with stew weather coming up, look for the cheaper cuts that require long cooking to get tender.
Pasta- I should, but most of the time I don't. I'm just too much of a tight-wad to spend £1.50 on a packet of pasta.
Crackers, cookies and whatnot- why bother? It's a treat, doesn't get eaten occasionally and has little nutritional value. Not worth worrying about, IMHO
And yes, buy your veggies frozen. It tends to work out cheaper and preserves more of the nutrients.
We don't do cheese OG, but I wish we could afford it! We just eat way too much! If we ate it more seldomly, we could probably afford it.
Unless you're in an apartment, you should start a garden! Atlanta has a great growing season! YOu could even put in greens/garlic/peas, etc right now
For the grains items (bread, crackers, pasta), we don't do organic but do buy whole-grain products. Also just make our own bread.
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So....I've added Tillamook cheese/ice cream/sour cream/etc. to my list of okay dairy products. I'm not overly concerned if my dairy products are organic....I just don't want all the hormones. If you look for Tillamook products on sale, it's a HUGE savings over organic lots of times.
Organic bread-Aunt Millie's brand has loaf out now. Its usually on sale for 2.00-2.50 around my area.
Milk-organic obviously, try the same for cheeses. If you can, cut out the cheese. Eggs-probably buy organic. Everytime at the grocery store I think about picking up regular eggs, but then I think about the poor chickens cooped up in cages being fed god knows what. I feel guilty and spend the 3.39 a carton for organic!
Have you considered a co-op to buy fruits and vegetables? Its much cheaper then the grocery store?
Buy These Organic
• Bell Peppers
• Imported Grapes
• Red Raspberries
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• Corn (sweet)
• Peas (sweet)
strawberries are next on my list. you can't really wash them properly without bruising them to death. plus conventional strawberries won't have many nutrients or taste in them anyway which defeats the purpose of eating them. same with grapes. what i would do though is use less expensive organic fruits such as apple and orange to make a fruit salad and sprinkle a few peices of grape (or sliced strawberry) on top. you could stretch how long the grapes last in your house. i know if i put a bowl of grapes on the table, they would dissapear within 10 minutes. and at $7 a kilo, i just can't afford to use it that way.
as for pasta, try making your own! and bread n cookies, too.
same with cheese! mozzarella cheese is fairly easy to make. yoghurt too, if you eat it. and the benefit is that you control what goes in like vegetable rennet instead of calf rennet.
sadly, if your on a tight budget and want organic, your going to have to make alot of the things yourself, or go conventional. i don't know what your day is like, so please feel free to tell me to shut up if your too busy to make the above.
as for crackers, i wouldn't bother with organic. like a PP said - not much nutritional value so not really worth it to pay double the price.
Also......JUICE should always be organic bc fruit for the juice is always sprayed.
I buy organic frozen bluberries and veggies in the winter for soups and pancakes/muffins etc at COSTCO. Its waay cheaper and a big bag lasts a long long time.
bread.....I usually just make sure its whole wheat. Crackers and cookies, rarely buy organic unless its on sale.
Dried fruit is another item that should ALWAYS be organic as the conventional variety use a chemical to dry them thats really toxic.
www.checnet.org is a great site for info on food as well as environmental safety issues. I get a monthly email with the latest info that is so helpful and informative. I cant say enough good things about it!
Also, if you have to buy things none organic I would try to get them as natural as possible. Make sure nothing has high frutose corn syrup in it
The natural food store sells in tiny amounts at huge prices. I want a real 2 lb block of organic cheese!
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Not strictly an organic issue, but very important, is to avoid hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Read labels carefully, especially items like baked goods, crackers, cookies, peanut butter. It's tricky because sometimes one variety of a cracker will have it but another flavor of the same type and brand won't. It is also in fried foods like french fries and chicken nuggets, so if I want to feed that type of thing to ds, I make baked versions.
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