'budgets' on Serious Eats

Economy's Spam Sector Picks Up Steam Amid Downturn

Photograph by Robyn Lee As Americans cut costs, they're starting to put more Spam back on the table. But these days, consumers are rediscovering relatively cheap foods, Spam among them. A 12-ounce can of Spam, marketed as “Crazy Tasty,” costs about $2.40. “People are realizing it’s not that bad a product,” said Dan Johnson, 55, who operates a 70-foot-high Spam oven. I love the mental image of a 70-foot-high Spam oven. Related: How to Make Spam Musubi... More

Recession Grocery Shopping: What Are You Doing Differently?

With budgets tightening across all economic strata in this country, many families are selectively bypassing organics to save money, according to the New York Times' Andrew Martin. The question that I find even more pressing is whether people are going to stop shopping at farmers' markets across the country, which are generally more expensive than both conventional and organic supermarkets. What are serious eaters everywhere doing to save money? Are organically and/or locally grown produce still important to you? As Martin put it, are consumers going to decide they can no longer afford to let their conscience dictate their shopping list? I for one will not stop supporting my local farmers. I have always felt that local and sustainable... More

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