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By Glenn's Mom
When you find fruits or veggies at a price too good to pass up, and you have the storage room, buy in bulk and stock up. If you freeze them, remember veggies keep their texture and taste better if you blanch them before freezing.
Farmers markets are a good shopping source. Also, check the for sale ads in little farm town papers. Many farmers sell excess produce.
Another good source to find farm fresh veggies for sale could be your county extension office. Many know of a 4H kid who is selling part of their crop (or even eggs).
You don't have to put up food in large scales. When I see peppers marked down to 20 cents each, I buy a few and dice them up, then blanch. I pat dry, then put in a large freezer bag for use on pizza, chili, omelets. I just grab a handful as needed.
Also, check your fridge on a regular base. Use up food or freeze it before it goes bad. It does not gain you anything if you buy it cheap, but let it go to waste.
My daughter likes the variety of cut up vegetables that come in a large sectioned, nifty plastic, re-sealable container. I noticed that it had pretty much the same veggies as the $3 bag of stir fry, also by Taylor Farms.
I became tired of throwing away green and red peppers because they either didn't get used or started to go bad. Now I chop them up or cut into strips and put them in freezer bags to take out anytime I need some. Now I make a habit of bringing home a bag of onions and doing the same with half of them. It also saves time when you have to cook after work!
When I am getting ready to do a food order, either by going to the supermarket or by using a home delivery service, I look through my fridge and the vegetable bins. There are always some things that need to be thrown away, and some things that can be saved. This not only gives you an idea of what you need and getting your fridge ready for fresh food coming.
I take the celery, cut it into large chunks and and separate the leaves for use in soups. These each get put into a zipper bag. Loose baby carrots, I put them in a plastic bag. Sometimes if I have an open package of carrots, I will cut them in chunks, put them in a bag. These are all put in the same place together to be used first. I sort the left over onions and remove that crispy outer layer and throw that away. If just a few, I put them in a mesh bag (from onions). If my broccoli looks like it's on it's way out, but still too fresh to throw, I cut the tops and a few pieces of stalk, and rinse them and put them in a baggie, and use them within 2 days. Now, I am ready to shop for fresh produce.
Put those little packages, that come in everything (moisture preventing) in your crispers. It keeps all you keep there, lettuce etc. fresher for a much longer time.
Visit fruit and vegetable markets and check out their marked down bins for slightly bruised and immediate use items at discount prices!