The Price of Eggs : Bird Flu and Aldi

I like eggs and always have. Back in the day when ‘they’ were trying to tell people that eggs were bad for them, as well as butter, it never made sense to me. Eggs are a natural food. Butter is a natural food. Margarine is unnatural. So I ignored them, stuck with butter, and kept eating eggs and feeding them to my family.

 

eggs

 

A few weeks ago I’d read one or two stories on the ‘Net about the bird flu but the tone in those early stories was basically not to worry too much; we’d still have turkeys for Thanksgiving and the consumer wouldn’t get hit by egg price increases very much. After Memorial Day, at the local grocery store, a Shop & Save, I was quite shocked to see Hillandale Farm eggs priced at 4.39 for 18 eggs, and one dozen eggs, that usually cost 1.99, up to 2.99.

I checked the dollar store close to me and their dozen was up to 2.75, using a different supplier.

I mentioned this to a neighbor, who is on a restricted diet allowing her to eat only poultry, eggs, fish very rarely, and never any meat, alongside her grains, fruits, and vegetables. She got very concerned and said that she and her husband would head to the Aldi store that very day to stock up.

We have an Aldi in a local town but I’d never shopped there as yet. I usually just shop around the sales at the local store, and occasionally go to Walmart. Well, when she came by later in the day to tell me that Aldi’s eggs were 1.35 ( versus the local store’s rapid rise to 2.99) I decided to make the trip the next day! On the day that she went, they were restricting the purchase to 3 dozen. On the day that I went, they simply had a notice that they had the right to restrict.

Having never been to an Aldi store, I went online first, since I had heard that  you had to bring your own shopping bags or purchase them there. Yes, and be sure to have a quarter for the cart, though when you return the cart you get your quarter back.  You must have cash or a bank card…they don’t take credit cards or checks.

This local Aldi’s facility was much smaller than I expected it to be. There’s a limited selection but the prices were amazing.  I have returned there since then, and their eggs are now up to 1.89 per dozen.

Their supplier indicates that their chickens have no growth hormones.

No growth hormones

AND the carton is blessed :) See the Bible verse inside from their supplier ?

bible verse in the egg carton

It is interesting to research how Aldi’s stores keeps their prices so low…which I did.

It is disturbing and frightening to think that we could have a shortage of eggs in this country soon. Until I read up on this a bit I did not realize that eggs are even used in vaccines and medicines.  And then when one thinks of the poor birds themselves, the farmers having to slaughter if the flu is found in their flock….it’s probably a good thing to keep this situation in prayer.  Aside from eating a few eggs for breakfast, we need them and use them in so many ways in our kitchens…our food supply chain as it stands now, if we do not have our own little farm, which most of us do not, is not a comforting thought.

An update to this post: the very next morning after I posted, the supplier Hillandale Farms, which I mentioned earlier, is all over the news.  Every major news outlets on the Internet has a story in regards to the Humane Society charging them with inhumane and filthy conditions at one of their farms.  For an example here is a TIME story. 

You might also enjoy these recipes that use eggs :)  Hopple Popple   or   Comfort Food : My Grandmother’s Rice Pudding  or  Raspberry Coffee Cake; a Recipe Winner

Sharing at : Savvy Southern Style / Common Ground / French Country Cottage / Cozy Little House / A Stroll Thru Life

Latest on the puppy and DIY Dog Toys

I have spent a small fortune in the past on dog toys. My dogs have a few favorite toys around here but they don’t need to chew so much now that they are older.

I have a cover on my chaise lounge / settee / whatever-you-call-it to cover a big chewed hole from a dog a few years ago! :)

Back in the chewing stage, I learned what they loved…the squeaker toys, yes…but those can be killed and dismantled in an afternoon!  Nylabone, yes…Kong, not so much. And so it went on.

Now that my youngest son has a puppy, it all started coming back to me. Here is Koopa, a blue nose pit, who won my heart on the first day that I met him.

Koopa

Koopa loves to run with the kids. He loves to fetch a ball. He loves a few of the dog toys that I have here, but he’s going through basic chew toys like crazy at my son’s house. And that’s only going to get worse.

Koopa needed to start crate training. I had a crate here ( for a large dog ) and it went to my son’s house. Knowing how puppies and young dogs can go through soft toys in a day or two, I thought to just make some up for him myself. I used an old cotton denim shirt that was literally falling apart. I thought that my home made new toys could go into the new crate, as long as my son supervised.

( Just be careful that you don’t include any portions of old shirts or clothing that contain buttons )   I also put a tennis ball in to a sock to play with here, and he really liked that one. As long as it’s my sock here, and not my son’s socks there, it should be okay…as in we don’t want him to start chewing my son’s :)

I found some more DIY dog toys that a person could make themself over at BarkPost HERE.  I like the idea of making a braided toy from old tee shirts. denims, etc. That was one of the toys that I made from my old denim shirt.

And then in between ….here my older dogs have finally gotten used to this crazy youngster when he visits and they are all playing enthusiastically, to say the least :)

dogs playing

You might also enjoy : A Frugal Little DIY Wedding  or  Simple Pleasures : a little boy feeding the birds  or  Tuesday Treasures : Happy Things

Sharing at : Cozy Little House