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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 7/17/2017

We went ‘afar’ and did our grocery shopping last week and boy, did it pay off.  Look at the cart of marked down produce we got…

(I prayed before this shopping trip, on the way to this shopping trip and as I entered the store ... God did indeed answer my prayers!)

We were especially excited to find this marked down produce as our fruit trees ... all of them ... bloomed out during our unusually warm February and then got damaged in our unusually cold March.  There won't be any fruit harvested from our small orchard this year so finding the produce was a blessing!

Here's what we did with all this produce ...

Peaches ... I  peeled the peaches, run the meat of the peaches through my nutribullet, poured the mixture into ice cube trays and made peach cubes for using in smoothies.

I also used some of the peach meat to make peach bark.   I spread the mixture out on lined dehydrator racks and dehydrated it to the point that it would break apart. I vaccum sealed it into pint jars. I'll use it in smoothies as well.   

I then took the peelings, dumped them into a crockpot, added some water and simmered them for a few hours to make peach juice.  I froze the peach juice in ice cube trays.  I'll add them to tea to make peach tea.  

Apples ... I peeled the apples and sliced them into approximately 1/4 inch slices and dehydrated them. 

I also chopped up several and dehydrated them that way. 

The slices will be used in cooking and the chopped ones will be used in granola.

I again took the peelings and started 4 more quarts of vinegar and added the rest to a pot along with water to make apple juice.












Peppers ... 
We made stuffed peppers (21 in all) and froze them for future meals. We did have stuffed peppers for a meal last  week.  

For the stuffed peppers I cut the top off straight across.  Did I throw that part away?  No ma'am, I chopped them up and dehydrated them.  I'll use them in soups, casseroles, omelets, etc.  (Sorry, I don't have a picture of the stuffed peppers. They are vacuum sealed and in the freezer and I didn't get a picture before putting them there.)

The tomatoes, avocadoes, mango, pawpaw and papayah were eaten throughout the week.

Not shown in the picture but purchased at the same time were 3 bundles of marked down bananas.  I sliced them into 1/4 inch slices and dehydrated them.  Boy oh boy are they good!

There were also 5 clemetines in the basket and after eating them, I used the peel to make a pint of citrus vinegar. I'll use it in cleaning recipes!

We paid $35 for all the produce and it's value was well over $100!   Score!!!!

One more thing before we move on, I used everything except the peach seeds (There is some debate on them being poison so I didn't add them ... better safe than sorry!) and the rotten spots.  I even plan to use the produce nylon bags to make pot scrubbers!  Waste not, want not!

In addition ….

I downloaded this book for free:  Amish by Accident.   

Gratefully received a gift of bay leaves. (Thank you again Annabel!)

I dehydrated garlic (chopped), the last 3 squash from the garden (I chopped them as well) and some hot banana peppers and yes I chopped them too!

I downloaded this free 18” doll circular skirtpattern/tutorial.   

It was an extremely busy week because marked-down produce won't wait, but that's okay, the end products were well worth the hustle it took to get it all done!

What did you do to add to your pantry or live frugally?


patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27





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27 comments:

  1. That was amazing Patsy! This is a good example of making the most of a great opportunity! I think every chance to add to the pantry should be taken! The stuffed peppers sound very good too. Have a really good new week! With love Annabel.xxx

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    1. Annabel, we feel so blessed to have arrived at the store shortly after they had finished doing their produce mark-down. We didn't get it all but we did make a big dent in it!!!

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  2. Dear Patsy, I love those days of having a big cookup to take advantage of a bargain. You did so well! Thankyou too, for the link to the Amish by Accident. I'm just settling down for a good read with my lunch. Warmly, Mimi xxx

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    1. Mimi, It took us most of the week to get completely finished with all of it but that was okay. The end products and savings were worth the time and effort. I hope Amish by Accident is a good read, I'm looking forward to reading it myself ... now that the produce is done!!!

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  3. Your produce find is wonderful and good for you for spending all the time to take care of it before it spoiled!

    My big addition to the pantry was a stock up on tall kitchen garbage bags. I found 80 count boxes of Hefty on sale with a coupon for $3.99 which is my buy price. I added 4 boxes to my shelves and we are stocked up for a long time.

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    1. Lana, that is a good price on Hefty kitchen garbage bags. I would have stocked up too!

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  4. What an amazing haul, Patsy! I'm sure it feels good to have all that healthy food added to your pantry. Recently, I had to pass up big bags of bruised bananas for $1 as I didn't have the time to deal with them. It hurt a bit, but I have faith there will be more opportunities in the future.

    I did do something this week that will definitely add to my pantry...I finally ordered a pressure canner! It is the All American and was quite expensive, but I had saved birthday and Christmas money over the last year and a half in order to buy it. The canner should be arriving today. Can't wait to try it out!

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    1. Rhonda, in my opinion you purchased the best canner on the market! Let the canning begin!!!!

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    2. You can just put whole bananas in the peel in a bag in the freezer. Pull them out to make banana bread. You will love your All American.

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  5. You got some Great deals and you really used every last bit. Great job.You should feel proud. You are inspiring me to see what great deals I might be able to find. I always check the reduced produce in a store. That's where a lot of our fruits and vegetables come from.

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    1. Sandy, I'm learning that the reduced produce shelf is a very good thing!!! Our local grocery stores do not have them, other than marked down banana's occassionally, so this was a real treat/blessing for us!

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  6. Wow you really used every bit! Good job. Lots of work but very satisfying.

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    1. Yes Gloria, it was a lot of work and yes, it was very satisfying!

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  7. I picked another 5 cucumbers from my garden this morning so added to the 4 that I still had from a couple days before. I still have several cukes that will be ready in a couple days! So I am making a double batch of pickle relish that will yield 8 pints! I had dried minced onion in my food storage to use in place of fresh onions and I had green and red bell peppers that I had frozen from my free chicken produce a few weeks ago! So basically, my ingredients were free!!!!



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    1. gardenpat, I canned enough pickle relish last year that I don't need to can any this year. Don't you just love it when you have the ingredients in your pantry for canning purposes???

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  8. I traveled "afar" and found some great deals on meat!!!! We used to go to this particular market because their produce prices were great. This time all the produce was priced sky high but the meat was cheap! So, there you go, you new know what you'll find! I'm feeling pretty good about the protein part of my pantry!

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    1. Holley, you're right, you never know what you're going to find ... or not find. That's why I try to take advantage of the 'finds' when I go 'afar' if at all possible.

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  9. You got some amazing deals on all that produce. I had never heard of making juice with the apple and peach peels before. Thank you for that wonderful bit of wisdom. I will have to try it!

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  10. Debbie, it makes some pretty tasty juice!!!

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  11. This week, we are NOT eating out. Only home cooking for supper, and sandwiches and eggs and cereal for brk and lunch.
    This was an amazing shop. God is indeed very, very good!

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    1. Tammy, eating out can 'eat away' our budget quickly can't it? And yes, God is indeed very, very good!

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  12. Oh My Goodness, what a huge blessing that was and how well you used it all. Just curious. How large a freezer do you have? Mine seems to stay so full and it's not the biggest but there's not quite enough room in it. I'm trying hard to figure out ways to better manage the space so I can get MORE in.

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    1. Terri, we have one upright freezer and one small chest type freezer. I don't think there's an easy solution to keeping a freezer organized ... or I haven't found one that works for me.

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  13. You did great!
    Here's my thrifty week.
    http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2017/07/a-thrifty-week-at-harvest-lane-cottage_21.html

    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
    Just added you to my blogroll!

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    1. I love reading about your thrifty weeks, Laura!

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  14. I just had to laugh when I saw the book "Amish by Accident" that you downloaded for free. When I first got my Kindle and was getting the hang of downloading things, I accidentally pushed the wrong button and bought "Amish by Accident" BY ACCIDENT! I just cracked up when I saw what I had done!

    You got a LOT of great produce:)
    https://beckyathome.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/saving-money-and-weekly-update-july-23-2017/

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    1. Becky, that is funny ... Amish by Accident ... BY ACCIDENT!

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