2 bags carrots
13 large red potatoes
2 huge bunches asparagus
7 large tomatoes (not Roma)
2 med bunches fresh spinach
9 golf ball sized tangerines (Murcotte)
7 small-med. green apples
I also purchased the blackberry add-on. The flat turned out to cost $1.18 each, and seeing that they usually cost $3.00 each I could not resist. I already ate 2 of the packs.
I plan to make:
Leek and potato soup
Roasted asparagus, roasted carrots (also will roast the other half cabbage I got in the last basket 2 weeks ago and 4 green peppers from same)
I might try grilling the pineapple on the George Foreman...we'll see.
Here are some frugal tips
1. Turn oven or stove off before food is finished cooking. Not long, but a minute or two. Saving 2 min of electricity 3X a day is 6 minutes, 300 days a year saves 1800 minutes per year. You do the math. No really, you do the math. I can't figure out the kilowatt hours. Anyway, as Depression Cooking Clara Cannucciari said, "Anything to save anything."
2. Use what you have. In the BB today we received potatoes and leeks so I'll make potato leek soup. We received avocados and tangerines, so I'll make avocado tangerine salad. Driving to the store to buy one or two special ingredients to make one certain dish is expensive in terms of money, time, and gas.
3. Save twist ties. Don't throw them out after once.
4. Save the elastic bands wrapped around bunches of scallions, leeks, asparagus.
5. Save (and wash out) plastic bags that produce comes in. I bought shredded carrots in a packaged ziploc bag. Now the spinach is inside it.
6. Cook ahead. If quality food is already cooked it is available when you get peckish and want a snack. This saves on buying junk food. It also saves on buying lunches out. Bring your lunch from home. Invest in good plastic containers and bring your soups and salads to work. I also bring a lot of fruit and have several pieces throughout the day. Thanks to Bountiful Baskets, I have plenty to spare.
Here are the results of my labors. The green peppers were from the last basket. The mushrooms were $1 from the grocery store because they were brown.
|Just a very few of the fresh goodies we received today in the basket|
|Clockwise, potato leek soup, roasted peppers,|
sauteed mushrooms, roasted carrots, blackberry cobbler
Anyway, I hope you can find a Bountiful Baskets co-op near you. Or start one! It is not hard.