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Frugal food

August 22nd, 2014 at 07:58 pm

A gal at work brought in some of her extra produce this week: tomatoes, zucchini, hot peppers. The first day the tomatoes were disappearing rapidly. The zucchini also left and the peppers...what peppers? The second day? Well, one of the two zucchini was taken and most of the small tomatoes were left. I took the second zucchini since no one else wanted it. I assumed people would gallop and get the rest of the tomatoes by the end of the day.

Nope. They were there yesterday and were starting to ge soft. They came home with me and I used them when I canned some of ours. I didn't have a huge amount to can and the extra 3-4 helped. I just hate seeing food go to waste. And I like the idea of having stuff preserved in some form. I have dried herbs and frozen some tomato sauce earlier as well as minced garlic and put it in olive oil in the fridge. I imagine I will be shredding the zucchini and freezing it for zucchini bread.

In our paper was some article about a Korean official eating Ramen noodles five times a week and how unhealthy they are and what poor choices he's making. Yeah, food high in preservatives can do that to a body. I heard a Pepsi commercial saying they are currently offering their product made with "real" sugar for a limited time. I wonder if the sales are good if they will continue to offer it. I wonder if many producers will get away from the mostly preservative laden processed lines. Probably not. I'm sure the bottom line will be profits. Plus people love cheap, even if it isn't healthy.

I realize some people have to have the Ramen noodle diet due to financial issues. But when there is free food available like the produce, I'm shocked that people don't want to be bothered with cooking or preserving it. There's something reassuring to me knowing I have a few things in the pantry ready for use. And free is always good!

6 Responses to “Frugal food”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    It is interesting isn't it. I personally have never canned food. I get how to do it, I just haven't had the motivation I guess. My gardens, when I have them, produce just enough to eat in the present.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    If someone gave me a bunch of produce from their garden I would be canning, freezing, and dehydrating it so fast their heads would spin! Well, as long as it was grown without chemicals.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Years ago Chicago columnist Mike Royko wrote an column about grocery shopping and food prep. He said as long as he and the kids had easy stuff like frozen pizza that could be heated up, they only ate that and his freezer was filled with chicken that needed to be cooked. He made a new rule they couldn't shop until everything was eaten. He said he figured they would either get creative or find friends to invite them to their homes. I am sure he exaggerated some, but the point was people always do the easiest even if it isn't always the best. Creditcardfree, you are using what you have. That is super. I was just surprised that some people wouldn't take the zucchini because it meant preparing it and after eating a tomato, they weren't interested in doing anything else.

  4. Buendia Says:

    I so would have taken some zucchini and peppers! I haven't ever canned, but I could certainly use it fresh! Sometimes people bring free stuff like that to share (to school or meetings or whatever). Today I took some apples from the neighborhood apple tree (it grows right next to our community mailbox) and F an I had them for a snack. Yum!

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