Na Na pinches her pennies

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.

It wasn’t lemons

Last week I was given a bag of lemons at the outdoor food bank.  There were 14 of them with a bright yellow color.  Funny they look orange in the photo but not in person.

I was all set to can lemon juice when I realized they were not lemons at all.  They were small yellow oranges.

So, instead of canning lemon juice I made orange juice for the freezer.  The oranges had lots of seeds and very little juice.  I wonder what other people thought when they also realized these were not lemons but oranges?

*** Turkey update:  Meijer had their whole turkeys on sale .33 cents a pound over the weekend.  I bought one at 14 pounds.  It was the smallest one I could find.  That’s gonna be a LOT of lunches even after the family eats some.

25 comments on “It wasn’t lemons

  1. Christina
    November 24, 2019

    Also – Linda: where is it that you live? It must be so frustrating dealing with awful produce like that.

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  2. Christina @ BargainBlog
    November 24, 2019

    Wow, what a deal on the turkey! Here in Canada we never get anything close to prices that low.

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    • Anita
      November 25, 2019

      I’m not sure why there is such a deal on turkey this year. I can’t remember the price being this low before. I can only remember a low price of .69 cents a pound. Maybe it has something to do with the hurricane last fall in the Carolinas when farmers harvested animals and veggies early to cut their financial losses. Or possibly a price war between major grocery chains. Whatever the reason I’m glad people got a little price break.

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  3. 4paws2love2
    November 19, 2019

    I don’t like turkey, never look at them, we are having Mexican for Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie. Thankfully we are doing that at someone else’s house I don’t have to clean. Only make the pies.

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    • Anita
      November 19, 2019

      I know some people that don’t like turkey either. They also prefer Mexican food on Thanksgiving.

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  4. Tracy
    November 18, 2019

    Kroger had 89 cent large avacados, I ate one yesterday, one today.

    Tonight I’m chewing garlic for a sore throat, can’t face another dr visit/ more antibiotics! Garlic’s 50 c a bulb at Kroger.

    I have a lemon I’ll pour boiling water over later too. That was 33 c at HEB.

    I already gargled with soluble aspirin.

    Glad you got a turkey! Look forward to seeing what you make with it.

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    • Anita
      November 19, 2019

      Don’t forget the chicken soup Tracy. Or just use store bought stock warmed like tea with crushed garlic or onion. Lemons at our Kroger yesterday were 99 cents each. I plan to make the soup today using chicken I canned earlier this year. It will be put in the freezer for quick meals.

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  5. Marybeth
    November 18, 2019

    Orange marmalade perhaps? I am glad you got a turkey for such a great price. I still have to get mine. Stop & Shop is having a good sale this week so I will get at least 2. One for Thanksgiving and one for the future. When I make the second one we cook the whole thing. Then I serve everything but the breast. I slice it very thin for lunch meat. The bones will be cooked for stock. We will get several meals out of them.

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    • Anita
      November 19, 2019

      That’s the reason why I usually buy just the turkey breast. It makes great lunch meat without the high cost of a deli.

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  6. catherine young
    November 18, 2019

    Can someone saw it in half for you? I have them sawed in half. Of course you can just roast it and freeze the cooked parts in servings

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    • Anita
      November 18, 2019

      Meijer wouldn’t cut it in half and no other store will do that. I’ll package the left over meat for other meals.

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      • Selena
        November 18, 2019

        Ever consider spatchcock?

        https://www.marthastewart.com/275445/how-to-spatchcock-a-turkey

        We bought one at Meijer this past weekend. We love leftovers. We usually send some home with my folks. Nothing better than some turkey (and I do love dark meat) with mayo on a leftover roll. Or a hot turkey sandwich. Each year I increase the size of the turkey we buy. I should have grabbed an 18 lb since I picked it out while the spouse was off getting another item on the list.

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        • Anita
          November 19, 2019

          I’ve never had a turkey this large before. I’ve always managed to find a 7 or 8 pound one or just got the breast. I don’t even have a pan large enough to cook this one. I’ll probably get a disposable one from the dollar store.

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          • Selena
            November 19, 2019

            Meijer had a very good variety of sizes be it their brand or other brands. For the past few years, a couple of stores in our area either had 12 lb or 23+ lb sizes, nothing in between. BUT they did have Butterball (and only that brand) breasts which IMHO, were really, really pricey. It would have been cheaper to buy a turkey, even if you didn’t use anything but the breast portion.

            Perhaps you’ll find a reasonably priced roasting pan which can be used for other purposes later on. If you use a disposable, make sure you set it on a baking sheet!

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          • Anita
            November 20, 2019

            You’re right it was cheaper to buy a whole turkey than just the breast part. I can’t afford a regular roasting pan. Have you seen how much pans cost lately?

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  7. Linda in NE
    November 18, 2019

    Weren’t you lucky on that turkey price! Here, where so much food is grown, we never see prices that low on anything. We consider ourselves lucky if we can get a .99 a lb turkey. Fruit? Forget about it. Prices are high and way too often it’s rotten inside when you cut into it. Lettuce? Brown slime on the inside as often as not. Ever since the grocery supplier changed to Associated Grocers from Affiliated it’s not been good. What’s worse is they supply all the stores in less than a 60 mi distance. That’s how far it is to HyVee or Walmart.

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    • Anita
      November 18, 2019

      Oh wow Linda you live in a food desert too. Somebody outta start a grocery van like they have in Japan. It looks a like a food truck but its a grocery store on wheels. It visits small cities twice a week and people can place an order for special requests. It would be a great investment for someone. Here is a video that explains it.

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  8. Kathleen Waite
    November 18, 2019

    HURRAY for the turkey!! I still have to get ours. and orange juice is a good thing too.

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    • Anita
      November 18, 2019

      There was a couple picking up 25 turkeys for their church food bank. I took my SIL to Kroger today and they had turkeys on sale .37 cents a pound. Nothing smaller than 14 pounds. I had to pass on that bargain. It would be way too much turkey for me with the one I already have.

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  9. TG
    November 18, 2019

    I zap my oranges and lemons in the microwave for a minute or less. It seems to create more juice.

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    • Anita
      November 18, 2019

      I did these for 40 seconds. It didn’t help much. These oranges were about the size of a golf ball and loaded with more seeds than pulp.

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  10. Sandra
    November 18, 2019

    Congratulations on your turkey! Many inexpensive meals ahead.

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    • Anita
      November 18, 2019

      Yes, I may be eating turkey meals until Easter. 😉

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  11. Silver
    November 18, 2019

    When life gives you lemons, I guess? ❤

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    • Anita
      November 18, 2019

      Yes, that’s the only way to look at it. 😉

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