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Children, did you hear? There is a surplus of delicious Del Monte spinach! That’s right! You don’t have to cut back on your favorite spinach recipes: spinach dip, spinach burgers, creamed spinach, and the blue ribbon winner –spinach brownies. I know that your parents control the purse strings, kids, so here’s a brief list of spinach’s health benefits:

1. 1 cup of spinach= 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber. Old people like your parents really need this to help them digest, avoid constipation, maintain low blood sugar, and curb overeating.

2. Spinach is so cool that it scares away all kinds of cancer.

3. There are two types of natural anti-inflammatory “epoxyxanthophylls” (things) in spinach.

4. Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium are found in spinach. They help prevent osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.

5. Spinach lowers blood pressure. That is until you have to argue with your parents to make them eat it.

6. You won’t gain night vision, but you can help yourself avoid macular degeneration and cataracts.

7. You thought the dietary fiber from #1 was great, but spinach contains 337% of the RDA of vitamin A.

8. The extra vitamin A fights psoriasis, keratinization, acne and even wrinkles. Don’t eat spinach and you’ll look like a shar pei.

9. Here’s a big number — one cup of boiled spinach provides over 1,000% of the RDA of vitamin K which strengthens bones.

10. Vitamin K doesn’t let bad calcification form, so you will be more likely to avoid strokes and cardiovascular disease.

11. Vitamin K also protects your nerves by adding a good fat around their sheaths.

Kids, it falls to you to teach your parents about spinach’s rock stardom. They are too lame to see the truth. And if their health doesn’t get them headed towards the car, put a zing in their step by explaining to them that this produce will be available at the wholesale price. That’s right — the highest quality spinach you love at a liquidated cost, all thanks to Lakeside Food Sales.

Okay, so I’m looking out the window of the 31st floor, the den for a hundred or more stock brokers all working the phones and watching the zig- and-zag of stock movements across a banks of monitors…and I’m thinking about the my next 50 phone calls I gotta make to help me make quota, something I’ve not done for the two weeks I’ve been here.

Then, I get the phone call.

“I’ve gotta a deal on a whole lot of FCOJ,” said the caller without identifying himself. I thought nothing of it and was kind of glad I had this special caller with maybe a deal that only I might know about.

“Give me some more,” I said bravely.

“How ‘bout the whole darn lot. But you’ve gotta act fast, because if you don’t wanna buy, I’ll call the next guy,” he said.

I was fumbling around on my keyboard to re-boot my darn system and I didn’t want to lose this deal of deals. What the heck, I mean, I’m sure I’d be buying this full lot of FCOJ stock at a great discount with enough
spread to pass it along to some of my cold call prospects.

Go for it, I told myself. I need this FCOJ deal badly.

“Alright. I’ll take the whole darn lot, but this better be a hopping deal or I won’t trade with you again,” I said it with vim and was sure he thought I was a seasoned broker.

On my way into work the next day, the sight unfolding outside the entrance to the office tower was unsettling, to say the least. Two semi trucks were parallel parked and I knew the delivery was for me. The signage on the trucks read, “Buy the premium Juice, Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice

When I got off the elevator, I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about making quota anymore. In fact, I was not even SALVAGE. I was a FREEZE DRIED FRUIT and might as well go back to my job at the GROCERY store.

Well, I didn’t bother going to my desk as I couldn’t get to it anyway. In fact, the whole darn office was milling around the hallways and everyone was asking, “Who ordered all this damn OJ?!!”

The next best thing for me was when I clicked on contact us and I really put my SURPLUS ITEMS experience to work.

'Obsolete inventory' and the picnic plannerBoy, don’t we know how tough it is out there with businesses trying to stay above water…and even trying their hardest to put on a good show at their annual shindigs. Gotta give some credit to those decision-makers who want to go forth with the traditional company gatherings.

Take the big summer BBQ. Golly, it doesn’t take too many gelds to rent a park, but when you start adding up the food for 350 attendees, you’re into next year’s budget.

Furthermore, if you grab your shopping cart to load up at the name-brand grocery store you’re going to be spending part of the profit-sharing you’re hoping the company will eek out this year.

Not to worry. Adjust your thinking and earn the praise of your CFO. After all,  you’ve been the event planner for the past 35 years, and you’ve not missed a year in pulling off this much-anticipated summer frolic. OK, the last couple of years, you should up a day late…but chalk it up to a senior moment.

This year, though, is different. You discovered a super-duper retailer, Big Lots, that just opened in your area and you were as excited as punch to make your list and see all the savings going back into the company.

But buying “seconds” or  “closeouts” for the company picnic?  Well, think about it. In the first place, we’re not talking about leaking cans of orange juice or stale food lying about in broken boxes. No siree Bob. You see, when you’re talking about surplus goods, you’re dealing with a company that maybe needed to get rid of excess inventory, or maybe there was a package change that forced them to move the goods.

OK, so when I sat down to talk to the company president and his CFO and told them how excited I was to go and buy obsolete inventory, they came back with what I would call harassing comments.

“Obsolete?? If you think I’m going to feed our employees obsolete food, then, well….you’re obsolete,” said Fred the president.

“Yeah,” rejoined Cal the CFO, looking up from his 10-key.

Well, I pulled it off, and the food was beautiful with stuff like Del Monte pears, Dole fruit cocktail (who doesn’t love a can of this while watching Lawrence Welk?), Tropicana Orangeade Light and even something for me — the Del Monte Mixed Vegetables….on a plastic plate, I might add.

I retired at the end of the BBQ, actually after I ate my mixed veggies. But be sure to go to the contact us link to find out a lot more about all the distribution channels and excess inventory sales just waiting to make your next event a real…picnic.

chinese-herbal-medicine-to-treat-autoimmune-disordersBoy, do I feel silly. I left a trail of Tweets about how I was going into the freeze dried fruit business. Hey, I’ve done lots of things over the years, and managed to make a lot of money along the way. Nothing was going to keep me away from my latest brainstorm.

So, I loaded my van up down by the river six or eight times with boxes of ‘cots and prunes, after having five humongous freezers delivered to my home — it’s a 900 square foot condo on the ground floor. Man, I had all those box freezers all up to maximum temperature by the time I rolled in at midnight.

Well, I was up ‘till about 3 a.m. working on all those prunes and apricots…pitting, cleaning…pitting…cle…OK, it was a lot of work and I kept all of my social media friends updated on my progress.

Well, for some reason, being a city boy and all, I didn’t get the memo or part about what the “freeze” was in “freeze dried,” or anything about the whole darn process.

Needless to say, the next morning, when I proudly opened up my first freezer to check on my newly “freeze dried fruit,” I was stricken with one big stomach ache — I was looking at a 350-pound chunk of frozen prunes. Man, I thought a damn alien hopped in my freezer and expired or something.

And that wasn’t the only problem. You see, I had contacted hundreds of outlets like Big Lots and grammar and high schools and even the warden who ran our unfenced prison across town to tell them how I could bring them the best darn freeze-dried fruit they’d ever come across.

OMG! You don’t want to have a power outage when you’ve got a half ton of fruit all froze up in freezers encircling yours and three other condos. Whew. It was a veritable river of apricot and prune juice flowing through our nice campus — the dogs and cats loved it, but the owners told me they were up all night with their pets just keeping them comfortable…if you know what I mean.

OK, so this was one of those “hyperboles” to make a point about where to go if you need to stock up on inventory surplus items like Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ…is not a NASDAQ symbol to chase), and excess inventories that are sure to make your purchasing department.

Contact us for the straight-away way to benefit with surplus stock.

“This is Houston to the Space Shuttle crew.  Do you read me?  How’s it going out there.”

“Houston, we read you.  The view is amazing.  We’ve never seen anything more beautiful.  Seeing the earth from space is just incredible.  But, Houston, we do have a problem.  We never want to eat another piece of freeze dried fruit ever again.  Do you read me?

“Well, crew, we read you loud and clear and that is indeed a problem.  What on earth are we going to do with all that freeze-dried fruit?”

Hmmmm….  What do you think NASA should do?  Should they throw away every bag of freeze-dried fruit that they own?  Should they force all the new astronaut trainees to eat through 50 bags each as part of a new “Space Shuttle Induction Program?”  Should they do science experiments on lab rats to find out why the astronauts will no longer eat the freeze-dried fruits?  No, they shouldn’t do any of those things.

“Houston, we read you, and we think you should call Lakeside Foods.”

That’s it!  NASA won’t have to waste their precious bounty of freeze-dried fruits, nor will they have to feel any guilt about these leftover products, because Lakeside Foods will know exactly what to do with them.

At Lakeside Foods, if you have an excess of bulk items, whether it’s raw materials, food ingredients, or finished goods, we will gladly take it off your hands and put it into someone else’s.

We partner with companies like Family Dollar, Meijer, and Big Lots to provide them with the surplus goods that you no longer need.  Not only do you get rid of the items that you no longer need, as well as gaining some extra cash since we buy those items from you, we place these items in stores at prices that most people can afford.

We take perishable and non-perishable items.  We take surplus, returns, closeouts, irregulars and salvage Whatever it is don’t throw it away — we will take it!

Our largest inventories come from a variety of products like: tomato products  tomato paste, tomato puree and diced tomatoes; fruit and vegetable juice concentrates; and fresh, frozen, processed or canned fruits and canned  vegetables.

And, if you do happen to have an excess of freeze-dried fruit, we’ll take that, too.
For more information, contact us today at Lakeside Foods.

How often have you found a really good deal on canned goods but because of can dents you passed on the bargain because you believe foods from dented cans are unsafe?  While we have been led to believe this for years the truth is that the majority of foods in dented cans are safe to eat.

Buying dented canned goods can save you money and provide your family with safe, nutritional food.  But how do you know if a dented can is safe?  Use the following tips as a guide to help ensure their safety.

Dented Cans You Shouldn’t Buy:

  • Don’t buy cans that are dented on the top or bottom.  This is where the main seams are located and the can is the weakest.
  • Don’t buy cans with deep, sharp dents.  These can compromise the can and shouldn’t be purchased.
  • Don’t buy a can if it’s bulging.  These are definitely unsafe and contain harmful bacteria.
  • Don’t buy cans that have rust on them.  These can have tiny holes in them that will allow bacteria to get in the food.

How to Choose Dented Cans That Are Safe To Buy:

  • Push on the top, bottom and sides of the can.  If the can moves or pops the seal has been broken and it’s not safe to buy.  If the can is stable and doesn’t move or make any noise the food is safe to use.
  • Make sure the dents are smooth and not too deep.  Cans with dents on the side are most likely safe to eat.

The final check on the integrity of the food in the can will be when you open the can.  If the can sprays or explodes, don’t use it as the food could be contaminated.

It is definitely safe to purchase cans with dents if you follow these guidelines and use them in a reasonable time period; however, that’s what we’re here for so make sure to contact us.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to dry food? Drying your foods is a great way to preserve them but you should know that the quality of the foods will not be made better. For this reason, you should select high-quality foods which are ripe. Sort the produce and separate the low- quality foods from the high- quality ones. Here are some tips to help you to dry food at home.

Do you like raisins or dried apricots? Many people like to eat dried fruits because they are delicious, and quite different from the fresh versions. Start by selecting the best-quality ripe fruits to be dried. Before you try drying your favorite fruits, you should know that some fruits, like oranges and grapefruits, are not ideal for the purpose because they have high water content.

If you are drying fruits for the first time, you should work with a lower quantity because it can be time consuming. The first step is to clean the fruits thoroughly, under cold running water. If you spot any soft spots or bruises, use a fruit knife to trim away the affected parts. The pits, cores, and stems of the fruits should be removed. You might have to remove the skins from some types of fruits because the skins will turn brittle or tough after drying. For high quality, more nutritious fruits, it’s best to slice the fruits about a quarter or half inch thick.

Drying turns some fruits brown so you have to use sulfur treatments on apricots, nectarines, peaches, apples, and so on. Other than locking in vitamins A and C during drying, sulfur treatments also help to prolong the fruit’s shelf life and retain the fresh fruit flavor. Sulfuring and sulfite dips are the treatments that are used.

The color of the fruit can be retained with syrup blanching or steam blanching. In syrup blanching, the result is almost like candied fruit. Some of the fruits which are great for this process are prunes, plums, pears, peaches, figs, apricots, and apples. In steam blanching, the fruit’s texture and flavor are altered but the color is retained. Steam blanching is very easy to do but you should see that the fruits are evenly blanched.

Another method of pretreatment is known as checking. This procedure is recommended for fruits like small, dark plums, grapes, and cherries and it’s done to crack the skins. First, you should bring a pot of water to a boil into which you should immerse the fruit for about 30 to 60 seconds. Next, the fruit is to be quickly put in cold water and you should use paper towels to drain the fruit.

In the past, people dried their foods in the sun or the oven. Nowadays, many people opt to use food dehydrators because they are very easy to use, and faster. It takes different times to dry different foods. For instance, apples can be dried in about 6 to 12 hours but the drying time for peaches is 35 to 48 hours.