Na Na pinches her pennies (aka frugal living)

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.

Apple jackpot

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.

Organic Honey Crisp apples

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.

Don’t waste the 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.

Canned apples

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.

Dehydrated apples

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.

18 comments on “Apple jackpot

  1. T
    April 14, 2018

    I don’t can apples but if there’s a bag of about 6 on the kroger dollar-bag stand I bring them home, wash, chop and cook for ten minutes in boiling water and lime juice; keeps in fridge at least 4 days ( was all gone by then ) I serve with tiny cubed good cheese. Favorites are onion cheddar and wensleydale with fig and pear….

    • Anita
      April 15, 2018

      If someone doesn’t can that would be a good alternative. A friend was in the Kroger near where she lives on Friday and the price of organic honey crisp apples was only $4.99 a pound. Maybe they price is coming down? It must be apple season someplace around the world.

  2. silveryew
    April 10, 2018

    Wow, good for you, what a bargain!

  3. Delorise
    April 9, 2018

    Wow what a find. Congrats and enjoy.

  4. Jane
    April 9, 2018

    Wow, those apples were a real steal, and you are so industrious! I bought two of the same last week; organic apples are veeerrry expensive. I have only one small jar of applesauce I made last autumn from wild apples.

    • Anita
      April 11, 2018

      I didn’t think of it but I could have made applesauce. I sure wish I could find an apple tree or two around here that no one wanted the apples. I haven’t seen an actual fruit tree of any kind here in the city in years.

  5. Sandy
    April 9, 2018

    You could make vinegar with the peels.

    • Anita
      April 11, 2018

      I had planned to make apple pancake syrup but didn’t because I came down with illness…. AGAIN. I am so sick of being sick. I think I got something from the grands over the Easter holiday. Vinegar would have been good too.

  6. Margie in Toronto
    April 9, 2018

    My mom used to make apple fritters as a treat! Good for you on spotting the bargain and making such great use of it so that nothing went to waste!
    Do you make apple jelly from the cores and peels as well?

    • Anita
      April 11, 2018

      Sometimes I do make jelly or apple pancake syrup with the cores and peelings. Due to catching something from the grands over the Easter holiday I didn’t feel well enough to make either. I feel bad about it but sometimes things happen.

  7. sarasinart
    April 9, 2018

    Wow, what a good deal you got! And good stuff now put away to eat, yum.

    • Anita
      April 11, 2018

      Now my problem seems to be deciding on which delicious apple recipes to make first.

      • sarasinart
        April 11, 2018

        That a good decision to have to make!

  8. Leslie Saunders
    April 9, 2018

    Sounds yummy!👍🏽

  9. Kathi
    April 9, 2018

    EXCELLENT SCORE!!!! I can taste those apple pies already.

    • Anita
      April 9, 2018

      I’m thinking apple fritters would be nice too.

  10. Linda S
    April 9, 2018

    Anita, what kind of dehydrator do you use? I have a walmart cheapie & while it does the job it requires a lot of shifting of trays to get a consistent batch. You got a great deal!

    • Anita
      April 9, 2018

      I have the Excalibur with nine trays. It is expensive but I considered it a good investment and had to save pennies for about three years to buy it. A cheaper brand is fine if you need one and that’s what you can afford. When I was a child Grandma Mama used various methods of dehydrating food. The heat of the attic. The heat of the sun outdoors. The heat of the warming closet on her wood stove. All of them worked fine and required some work.

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