Food Hoarder

Have you heard of Bountiful Baskets?

You should go check it out, because it’s a great way to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to your table without breaking the bank.

The gist of it is once a week you can buy into a share of fruits and veggies for a very low price.  There are conventional baskets and organic baskets.  I usually get one of each.  Saturday morning you go to your local pickup site and collect your booty.  Bountiful Baskets are now available in 20 states, if you’re lucky, you live in one of them.

The baskets are fun because you never know exactly what you’re going to get.  We’ve tried all sorts of stuff that we might not have otherwise.  Just last weekend we were surprised with purple carrots and red corn.

Here are a few shots of our take last weekend.  Please excuse the bad flash photography.

This is a combo of 1 conventional and 1 organic basket.

Not pictured are a 2 cartons of raspberries, because they were almost immediately devoured.

Dark purple on the outside and normal carroty orange in the middle.  They tasted delicious.

Super sweet and juicy red corn!  YUM!

To lessen the pressure of eating it all before it goes bad, we cut up all of the squash, carrots, green beans, and broccoli and froze them for later.  That way we have a nice variety of yummy goodness ready and waiting in the freezer.

Speaking of freezing…

Not too long ago, one of our local grocery stores had peaches on sale for less than a dollar a pound.  I can’t resist a good bargain, so I bought something like 12 pounds of those furry beauties.  (I’m still waiting for the whopping 4 whole peaches to ripen on our tree.  They are so close, but not quite ready.)

I set the ones I bought on the counter to ripen for a few days.  Once they were perfect and just begging to be devoured I sliced them up, put them in single layers on cookie sheets, and froze them.  The next day I took them off the cookie sheets and put them in zip lock bags.  I can now reach in and grab a handful without them being all stuck together and I will have peaches long after peach season is over.  I can add them to smoothies, cereal, ice cream, eat them as is or if I am feeling like an overachiever make peach pie…which I never have and probably never will do, but I can dream.

I loved the way they looked all bright, cheerful and uniform, in all their delicious peachy-ness splendor.

Having a freezer full of healthy options makes me happy.

Do you have any money saving, healthy eating tips?  I would love to hear them!

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8 responses to “Food Hoarder

  1. Donna Hettlage

    How cool is that?!!!!

  2. We love to freeze food too…and stock up when things are a good price! For peaches, I cut up the amount needed for a batch of peach crisp, and freeze that in one bag. Then when I want to make it, I just grab a bag, thaw, and bake…it’s that easy!

  3. Tawny

    Of course they don’t have it in FL! 😦 I love that idea though! My family is also into yummy fresh fruits and veggies.

    • Maybe you could get one started in FL, or be patient and it will come to you. When we first started getting baskets, they were only available in AZ.

  4. Patti

    Hi Amy! I freeze everything from fruit to leftovers. If I happen to make a not so healthy yummy cake or bread, I only keep 4 servings (one for each of us) to serve and freeze the rest. This way, we’re not eating the whole dessert within a couple of meals or even days. Then, if I have company or we feel like having dessert, I have something delicious ready to go without having to bake again. It works great for portion control too!

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