With cooler temperatures on the road and Louisiana residents looking forward to their pots of gumbo, it’s almost time to light the fires and make your own roux. But as inflation continues to increase the cost of food across the country, the cost of making an okra pot has also gone up.
Whether it’s chicken and sausage, duck, or seafood, a trip to the grocery store to make this Louisiana staple could cost you a little more. but how much?
From 2021 to 2022, flour increased at least 13.5%, which means that a $3.83 bag of Gold Medal flour at Walmart cost $0.50 less last year. Meanwhile, cooking oil also rose, with the June CPI reporting that vegetable oil rose 20.8%. while, Food Dive It reported that Crisco raised prices by 23% to help cover costs. So, if you’re planning to buy a 1-gallon jug of pure Crisco vegetable oil, which is currently about $12.15, you’re paying $2 more than you did last year.
Chicken and sausage
Bad news if chicken and sausage gumbo is your jam in the fall. Eat this, not that! I mentioned back in June that the price of poultry is actually superiority inflation.
It is estimated that chicken prices will rise more than 15% for the year – above general inflation – and they may not stop there. It is true that the outbreak of bird flu has dealt a temporary devastating blow to the poultry supply.
Now there is another reason to suspect that prices will continue to rise. Despite antitrust regulations in the poultry industry, Forbes It reported that a $4.5 billion merger between two of the largest chicken producers, Cargill and Continental Grain and Sanderson Farms, has been approved by the Department of Justice.
Meanwhile, pork is up about 8% compared to last year. In some stores, a 1-pound package of sausage ranges from $6 to $6.15, which means you might pay up to $0.50 more than you paid last year.
Seafood has risen sharply in the past year. Seafood is up 16.8 percent in July from a year ago, data and technology company Numerator told SeafoodSource. “Grocery prices of frozen seafood are up 14.4 percent from last year, but shrimp and prawns are below the average inflation rate, up 8.5 percent,” the seafood source said.
So, while seafood gumbo has always been more expensive to make, this year it may be priced outside of some people’s range.
Yes, even fresh vegetables have been affected, with an average cost increase of more than 5%. The good news is that these vegetables are probably the cheapest item on your recipe card for this old-fashioned family okra recipe.
Rice experienced one of the biggest price jumps from 2021 to 2022, rising nearly 9% over the year. The good news is that it’s still relatively cheap, but not as cheap as last year. You can still buy a giant bag, and depending on how much you plan on cooking, it can last for a while.
Should this stop you?
Your mileage may vary, but a good amount of okra is always worth it. However, if the cost of things worries you now. Even a report in late August suggested that it might be cheaper to eat out than to eat in. But, in the list of foods you can make, there’s one pot of bamboo that goes farther than most.
The best of Louisiana cooking in the fall
Combine roux, triad, and andouille. It’s time for the best Cajun and Creole cooking to celebrate the fall weather.
The Lafayette store your parents shopped at is now over
I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately, and when I feel like that I often browse through the photos in the different groups on the Lafayette Memories Facebook page.