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.
A few days ago I took my SIL to her doctor appointment. She doesn’t drive but they have a car. I drive but don’t have a car. Works for both of us. Usually we make a stop at the Kroger pharmacy before going home. She goes to pick up meds and I go to the discount produce bin. Jackpot! I found organic honey crisp apples 6 in a bag for a dollar. I looked and the shelf price tag said 5.99 a pound. There were five bags in the discount bin.
Ok, I was greedy and took them all. I may never see a bargain like that again. I got 30 pounds of apples which would normally cost around $180 but I paid only $5. That is what I call a really good produce bargain. Usually organic produce is way over my budget. I couldn’t believe my luck. As soon as I got home I quickly started canning apples.
I wanted to preserve these before any of them started going off. One canner load was half the apples. My canner holds 7 pints. Also some apples were kept for fried apples for dinner too. I just realized I put the wrong date on the jars but one day off is close enough.
While those were in the canner I peeled and sliced the rest to dehydrate over night. Next day I had pretty apple rings which I vacuum sealed in jars.
When I make apple pies I like to add a few dehydrated pieces to the cooked apple filling right before it goes into the shell. As the pie cooks the dehydrated ones absorbs some of the liquid to give the pie a bit more crispness. I do the same thing when I’m having simple fried apples. I may never find an organic apple bargain like that again but I’m sure gonna enjoy these until they are all gone.