A Week in the Life: Preserving food for non-canners

by Melody on September 3, 2013

Welcome to a Week in the Life.  Each week I will be sharing a round-up of all the different ways I saved our family money or time.  Or both.  The purpose of this series is to highlight the fact that there are SO many different methods you can use to lower your overall budget that don’t involve mad-crazy coupon shopping.

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Generosity of friends and neighbors

When your friend tells you they are going out of town and you are welcome to the eggs laid by their sweet backyard chickens, you don’t say no.  Entertainment for my kids and free eggs to feed our morning addiction? Done.

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Repurposing our food

My parents brought us a bag of apples that ended up sitting in the car during our son’s birthday party (read: 100 degree heat) and got a little soft.  Instead of trying to eat through them as quickly as possible, I scrubbed them, chopped them up and threw them in the crockpot.  I just covered them with water and cooked on low for about 6 hours.  After they were done, I threw in a little vanilla extract and cinnamon and mashed them up.

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Quick and easy applesauce!  I didn’t even peel them, but you could if your kids have texture issues.

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We were also given a huge box of fresh peaches that we tried valiantly to eat through.  My kids love peaches until they’ve eaten 60 of them in three days.  I don’t do anything that resembles canning (yet), so I chose a different route.  I sliced them up, skins and all, and flash froze them on a few baking sheets.  Once they were frozen through, I tossed them all in a gallon Ziploc bag.  We’ve been using them for smoothies each morning and I don’t have to worry about them going bad before we can eat through them.

I would LOVE to hear how you saved your family money this week.  What methods do you find are the most efficient and effective?

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MissJay September 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I’ve been dehydrating fruit. I currently have 6 gallon bags of dried pears. They are sooo much easier to pack in a lunch than fruit I’ve canned. Apples are next!

Also, I’m way over budget on groceries, so this month I made a list of 14 meals I can make with what we have, and 4 more meals I can make if I buy 4 more ingredients. I asked my husband to keep me accountable. I have to get his permission to buy anything other than bread, milk, lettuce, yogurt, eggs, or those 4 items to finish the last few dinners we’ll need to get through the month. Actually saying out loud this is what needs to be done (I hope) will go a long way towards keeping me in check this month.

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Melody September 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

LOVE this idea. I was way over budget for a few months in a row and just sitting down and admitting to my husband where we were at was a huge weight off my shoulders. Not that he had a ton of great advice, but just acknowledging it instead of ignoring it made me look for solutions. Thanks for sharing!

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