This morning, I came across a fantastic sale on bi-color sweet corn, which I am going to freeze and use through the winter. Five dozen ears were bagged and selling for only $10. That same market also had large, meaty tomatoes marked at .50 lb, or 1/2 bushel for $10. I bought the 1/2 bushel, and will be canning tomato-basil sauce this week :)
This evening, I met with a sweet lady who used to sell her homemade granola in local stores; now she is closing her business and sold me some items for much less than I'd pay in the store, and they are better quality, too... Here's what I purchased from her:
Raisins @ .74 cents a pound (I bought 30 pounds!!!)
Brown sugar @ .50 cents a pound
Chopped walnuts @ .14 cents an ounce
The most wonderful milk chocolate chips EVER @ $1.50 a pound
As much as we love our Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread, it will still take quite a while to use all thirty pounds of raisins, so I put them into several gallon freezer bags and will store them in our extra freezer.
All that, and I still haven't mentioned the peaches we canned on Monday. Last week, a local supermarket had a loss leader sale on free stone peaches... only .58 cents a pound.
A sweet lady from church came over and helped me can ten pounds of these peaches. I don't have much experience canning, and had never canned peaches before. She has been canning for over forty years so I was fairly confident that, with her help, the canned peaches would be perfect. We had a wonderful time, great conversation, and I was so proud of the finished peaches! Beautiful!
Here are a few photos from my peach canning "debut" ~
Are you preparing your pantry for winter? What do you do? I'd love to know!
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