The price of gas always goes up around the Memorial Day weekend, but this year, so's the price of grilling. Now, your basic spuds remain a good value for the money; packed with nutrition and, compared with most anything else at the store, dirt cheap, they can even be tasty.
A medium sized potato has about 110 calories per serving and is a better source of potassium than a banana (620 g versus 450 g). Also it contains about half of a person's daily requirement of vitamin C and has no fat, sodium or cholesterol. The vegetable is a good low cost option for obtaining other nutrients such as magnesium and dietary fiber.
If you know what you're doing, there are a few ways to cook 'em on the grill or campfire. And unlike a lot of other veggies (corn, for example), they're not used in government-subsidized production of biofools.
Alas, if you're hankering for steaks, burgers, or even chicken, the news isn't so good for grillers: those have shot up in price. Partly, it's due to the drought - but a lot of it's due to governmental biofool dreams. After all, that corn-fed, lovely marbled meat costs a lot more to produce because drought or no drought, government mandates for ethanol fuel additives are literally taking food out of the mouths of critters like chickens and cows - and by extension, out of yours.
Going into the Memorial Day weekend, a sirloin steak costs 7 percent more than last year, based on U.S. retail pricing data from the Department of Agriculture.
Hamburgers also are pushing higher: 3 percent more for ground chuck and 19 percent more for lean ground beef, the USDA data show.
“Beef has really skyrocketed over the past six months, but there’s been about a 10 percent increase over the past month,” said B.J. Hoffman, a competitive griller and caterer based in Windsor Heights.
Government's response to the citizen consumer amounts to a cynical "up yours":
I had that sucker hypnotized
He couldn't even make a sound
I proceeded to tell him his future then
As long as he was hanging around
"The price of meat has just gone up
An' yer ol' lady has just gone down... "
Look here brother
Who you jivin' with that Cosmik Debris?
Don't'cha know, you could make more money as a butcher....
The way things are headed, better hope there's not another potato blight, because you may well be living on them just like the Irish did before their great potato famine hit.