On our way home from a recent errand marathon, we stopped at the grocery store to quickly scan the manager’s specials (we always check produce and dairy). We didn’t really need anything since we were heading out of town for a few days, but we like to stop to see if we can “steal” anything.
Here is some of what I came home with.
Twelve pounds of bananas (I know that because the silly checker-boy piled them all on the scanner at once, which probably didn’t help the smoosh factor much) for $.39 a pound, and six pounds of strawberries for $.99 a pound.
If you’re paying attention, you know that we were leaving town… at 6:00 the next morning. So, what did I do with all of that produce that would not be edible upon our return? Well, really you should ask, what did I do with the produce that was left after my children ate 1 1/2 pounds of strawberries and 1/2 a bunch of bananas for supper that night?
I froze it!
I usually purchase a four pound bag of frozen strawberries for $7something for smoothies. This is a way better deal than that! I just rinsed, sliced the tops off and laid them on a cookie sheet in the deep freeze. In the morning, the very early morning, I bagged them real quick before we left. I can’t wait to try Tammy’s strawberry syrup over our pancakes this weekend.
I froze the bananas, too. I’ll tell you more about that next week (including what I do with all of those bananas!) I haven’t purchased bananas for more than $.39 a pound for months… and we go through a lot of bananas. (We can at that price.)
The moral of the story… don’t turn your nose up at reduced produce. You don’t always have to eat it right away. Freeze it!
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