Thursday, April 05, 2007

Organic Fruits & Veggies Just $.49 Per Pound!

I've been making a weekly trip to our local natural food store for soy milk and fresh fruits and veggies (just one more reason I can't wait for the CSA to begin!) With our soymilk consumption at its current level, we have hard time making 8-64oz containers last a full week and I can't fit more than that in the fridge. For right now, this makes a weekly shopping trip for these items a must.

The store I go to, marks organic over-ripe and bruised fruits & veggies down to $.49. This week, I was able to get quite a bounty of apples, potatoes and sweet potatoes. For just $10.45, I was able to get enough potatoes and sweet potatoes for 2 meals, as well as, a tremendous amount of apples. For the most part, the bruises on the apples were so minor that my kids have been enjoying eating them as is! The more bruised apples became a delightful apple crisp. As for the potatoes, I really couldn't find any problem with them.

The challenge now is to find uses for the rest of the apples before they get yucky. I'm going to try the apples in our smoothies this weekend and there's definitely some apple bread in our future.

5 comments:

Jennifer C. said...

One hint: If you're going to use apples in smoothies you'll need to add in a bit more liquid. The apple thickens it up more than most other fruits. I just discovered this over the weekend when I added an apple in my smoothie for the first time. It poured out of the blender fine, but by the time I tried to drink it I had a solid mass hitting me in the face! LOL!

Katie said...

Thanks for the tip Jennifer. It makes sense because of the amount of pectin in the apples but I never would have thought of it.

bazu said...

Wow- I wish our co-op marked oranic produce down to $.49!! Sounds like you got quite a bounty. I'd say if you have a whole lot of apples left, what about making some apple sauce and/or apple butter to freeze? I just freeze them so I don't have to bother with canning.

Goddess L said...

My eldest son loves apples. He will eat two or three at a time! Fresh cheap produce is not always easy to find around these parts.

Katie said...

I've made tons of applesauce/apple butter and frozen it as well. Oddly enough, my kids ate so many apples that there was enough for a big apple crisp this weekend and not much more. I really thought I'd have more to experiment with!