I figured something out this summer. I know, in a few moments many of you will probably be saying “DUH!!!”
I love to freeze my own produce. However, I currently cannot have a fabulous garden. Oh how I wish. My husband jokes that when we buy a house it will have to have a huge yard or the kids will have no space to play with all the things I want to plant. He is probably right.
Just because you can’t have a garden doesn’t mean you can’t “put things away” for winter. There are so many things you can freeze. Seriously, I freeze so much that people say “you can do that?” Yes, you can. I don’t have time for canning most the time so I freeze. It is a much quicker option.
When you go to the produce stands – grower’s markets, etc. ask questions. You want a lot? ASK!!! Cut a deal!!! Yeah, you can do that and they will generally be willing to, especially the Amish stands.
Earlier this summer I had gotten a basket of tomato seconds for really cheap at one stand. When I went the following week they didn’t have them so I asked. Go figure, they had BOXES of them in the trailer and I got almost 30# for $10. I was able to put away several quarts of tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, plus made salsa for the week and had some fresh tomato slices almost every night that week. Be selective. Ask to see what it looks like. My “seconds” were FINE. They were just small or misshapen. Seriously, people have gotten too picky about the “perfect looking” vegetable and have settled for mediocre taste.
Today I wanted peaches. They had 1.50# pound and they had $8 per 1/2 peck. I asked if they would sell me a box and he boxed some and sold them for $18. I could have settled for what they had and paid so much more. All you have to do is ASK. The worst they can do is say no. Generally they won’t because they want to see it leave versus be left with it at the end of the day.
You could ask your local grocery store to cut you a deal on bulk but I am guessing you won’t get far. Let me know if they will.
That reminds me….I want to pull my 50# of onions up and freeze some of those before they go bad. I am also going to try making and freezing french onion soup. Dave’s cousin says it is easy and yummy.
Oh, and always remember, figure in gas money when you drive a distance for something. MAKE SURE the money you save is really worth it. Sometimes that 10 cents a pound disappears in gas money.