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Eating Economically

August 5th, 2012 at 01:17 pm

I know we are indeed blessed DH has put in a small garden. I had the opportunity to make another small batch of tomato sauce yesterday. I will use part of it for tonight's meal of sloppy chicks (sloppy joes made with ground chicken) and then the rest will be used for goulash tomorrow night.

A friend of ours told us his wife went to the farm stand and paid $1 each for homegrown tomatoes. DH has moaned that his regular tomatoes aren't as large as they were last year and we think it is due to the drought, but $1 each? Wow.

We stopped at Aldi's Thursday night for our weekly run. Eggs had gone up 40 cents to $1.69 a dozen. Living in Central Illinois is far more economical than other places, but a 40 cent jump...wow. But, I had heard on the news that with the heat chickens aren't laying as much nor are cows giving as much milk. I noticed that butter had gone up considerably as well.

Lucky Robin has been blogging about her harvest and I bet their family saves a ton of money eating what they have grown and picked and preserved.

I wonder if the economy continues to be grim if more folks will be planting gardens next spring. I tease my husband we need to plow up the front yard and put in a really big garden. I doubt if the city would allow it, but I bet during the depression of the 1930s, folks did whatever they could.

I did something today that I hated to do. I threw away some bananas that were overripe. I normally make banana bread. The thing is, neither of us eat that much banana bread. I'm trying to watch my carbs and dh will eat a piece or two, but otherwise it goes to waste. I normally bake it and give it away. I decided that throwing away the bananas was probably more economical than using the eggs, sugar, and flour to give away the bread. I hope that doesn't sound too cheap. I shouldn't have let the bananas get overripe, but they turned on me before I knew it.

Well, I digress. It would have been interesting to have kept a running tally of how many onions, bell peppers, herbs, and tomatoes we have realized from the garden and how much we spent on the garden itself and how much it would have cost us if we had bought them at the grocery. Maybe I'll think to do this next year and see if we are eating economically.

4 Responses to “Eating Economically”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    Today, we took a ride down to see if the man who sells veggies from his garden had anything and I scored 4 huge cucumbers for a $1! I wish he had more stuff to sell, but he told us that his tomatoes and green beans won't be ready until 2 weeks from now. My tomato garden has a lot of green tomatoes and I'm patiently waiting for them. We had one of the cucumbers for dinner and OMG it was delicious. Lucky Robin is so lucky to have all of those blueberries in her garden. I'd freeze them and make blueberry muffins all winter long.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I think you found quite a deal on those cucumbers! I'm with you on Lucky Robin's blueberries!

  3. Dido Says:

    Nice on the garden haul. I'd like to do a bit next year in containers.

    Here's what I do with my overripe bananas: cut them in half & freeze them, then use them in smoothies. You can even make banana "ice cream" out of a frozen banana if you have a food processer or high-powered blender.

  4. niema Says:

    You can make the banana ice cream the easy way. Get a very ripe banana, put it in a ziploc bag. Get a roller or something heavy and flatten it. Freeze it and a few hours later you get banana ice cream. It's delicious.

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