Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Food bank day was Tuesday, senior commodities on Wednesday, and grocery day on Thursday. My fridge is packed. I don’t really like food happening all at once but that may be the way it’s going to be for a long time. Not my scheduling but theirs. Senior commodities gave some fresh veggies.
I got a nice surprise when I opened the bag to put the produce away. There was lettuce and zucchini with the potatoes, onions, and carrots. AND, a small box of grape tomatoes that’s not in the picture. I haven’t had lettuce or tomatoes for over a year due to my dental work. I couldn’t eat lettuce without teeth. Tomatoes are too expensive.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do first. The tomatoes were quickly washed and a couple popped into my mouth. So, good! Well the lettuce was next. I peeled off the wilted and brown part then chopped the rest into bite size pieces.
This treasure is getting special treatment to make it last as long as possible. I rinse it really well in cold water. Twice.
I don’t have a salad spinner but I did put it into a couple of colanders to drain.
I couldn’t resist nibbling as it drained. In the meantime I pulled out some canning jars and washed them. Then loaded the lettuce. Added a few tomatoes before I would eat them all.
I could have just put a lid on the jars and put them in the fridge. They would last at least five days. I want them to last longer. IF I can resist eating it all in only a couple of days.
I pulled out the vacuum sealer. I haven’t used that thing at all since I’ve moved here. Its been in the back of a cabinet. Well, it’s time I put it into use again.
All the jars were sealed and put into the fridge. Lettuce kept this way will last a few days longer than jars without vacuum sealing. I’ll open a jar, add some dried cranberries, sunflower seeds or walnuts, a cut up zucchini, onions, and a little home canned chicken for a delicious salad for lunch. Five times!
Hmm… the dressing is going to be homemade mayo or some other homemade kind. I have some homemade bread croutons in the freezer too. Oh the possibilities!