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There are dramatic differences in the costs of different foods. Using prices that I have paid or found in the supermarket I have computed the cost per serving for a number of different foods to illustrate the cost differences. The costs per serving range from rice at 2.1 cents per serving to sirloin steak at $2.49 per serving. Rice (white). Cost per pound, dry: $.20 One cup of dry rice weighs 6.9 oz. One cup of dry rice (plus two cups of water) yields 4 cups of cooked rice. Serving size: One quarter cup of dry rice or 1 cup of cooked rice. Number of servings per pound: 9.3 Cost per serving: $.021 Oatmeal (Quick Oats). Cost per 42 oz box: $1.29 (ALDI) Cost per pound, dry: $.49. One cup of dry oatmeal weighs 2.8 oz. One half cup of dry oatmeal (plus 1 cup of water) yields 1 cup of cooked oatmeal. Serving size: One half cup of dry oatmeal or 1 cup of cooked oatmeal. Number of servings per box: 30 Cost per serving: $.043 Beans (Pinto). Cost per 2 pound bag: $.79 (ALDI) Cost per pound, dry: $.40 One cup of dry beans weighs 6.0 oz. One cup of dry beans yields 2.4 cups of cooked beans. Serving size: .42 cups of dry beans or 1 cup of cooked beans. Number of servings per bag: 12.7 Cost per serving: $.064 Flour. Cost per 5 pound bag: $.79 (ALDI). Cost per pound: $.158 One 5 lb bag contains 17.25 cups. Weight of 1 cup: 4.64 oz Cost per cup: $.0456 Serving size: .25 cups Cost per serving: $.011 Sourdough Bread (homemade). 7.5 cups of flour plus 2.5 cups of water yield approximately 57.8 ounces of bread. Cost per pound: $.095. Serving size: 2 oz Cost per serving: $.012 Potatoes (white). Cost per pound: $.129 (ALDI). Serving size: 8 oz Cost per serving: $.065 Macaroni (elbow). Cost per pound, dry (ALDI): $.45 One cup of dry macaroni weighs about 4 oz. Four ounces ( 1 cup) of dry macaroni yields 11.6 ounces (or about 2.5 cups) of cooked macaroni. Serving size: 2.76 oz of dry macaroni or 8 oz of cooked macaroni. Number of servings per pound: 5.8 Cost per serving: $.077 Spaghetti. Cost per pound: $.45 (ALDI). Four ounces of dry spaghetti yields 11.6 ounces of cooked spaghetti. Serving size: 2.75 oz of dry spaghetti or 8 oz of cooked spaghetti. Number of servings per pound: 5.8 Cost per serving: $.077 Milk. Cost per gallon (ALDI): $2.19 Serving size: 1 cup Cost per serving: $.137 Peanut Butter. Cost per 18 oz jar: $.99 Serving size: 2 tbsp Number of servings in jar: 15 Cost per serving: $.066 Strawberry Jam. Cost per 32 oz jar: $2.29 Serving size: 1 tbsp Number of servings in jar: 45 Cost per serving: $.051 Grape Jelly. Cost per 32 oz jar: $.99 Serving size: 1 tbsp Number of servings in jar: 45 Cost per serving: $.022 Raspberry Preserves. Cost per 16 oz jar: $.99 (ALDI) Serving size: 1 tbsp Number of servings in jar: 22 Cost per serving: $.045 Bananas. Cost per pound: $.25 (ALDI). Serving size: 8 oz Cost per serving: $.125 Carrots. Cost per 2 lb bag (ALDI): $.79 Cost per pound: $.395 Serving size: 2 oz Cost per serving: $.049 Tuna (canned, chunk light). Cost per 6 oz can: $.33 Cost per pound: $.88 Serving size: 2 oz Cost per serving: $.11 Turkey. Cost per pound (with bone in): $.38 Cost per pound (no bone): $.76 Serving size: 8 oz Cost per serving: $.38 Chicken leg quarters. Cost per pound (with bone in): $.39 Cost per pound (no bone): $.78 Serving size: 8 oz Cost per serving: $.39 Ham. Cost per pound (with bone in): $.99 Cost per pound (no bone): $1.98 Serving size: 8 oz Cost per serving: $.99 Pork Chops. Cost per pound: $1.49 Serving size: 8 oz Cost per serving: $.75 Ground beef. Cost per pound: $1.49 Serving size: 8 oz Cost per serving: $.75 Beef roast. Cost per pound: $3.76 Serving size: 8 oz Cost per serving: $1.88 Sirloin steak. Cost per pound: $4.98 Serving size: 8 oz Cost per serving: $2.49 Mar 2001 NOTE. The prices above correspond to the period around March 2001. Some have changed substantially since then. More from SolitaryRoad.com:

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