Last Friday, I started my pantry challenge with a bang by picking up a case of local Granny Smith apples at Gentile’s Produce Market. I had planned on only buying fresh fruit, veggies and milk, but I had forgotten to write down the correct date for my chicken pick up at the Media Farmers Market.
So, instead of spending about $40 for this week’s food, I spent $85, $15 under budget. Because of course, I had to pick up a few soup bones for the freezer while I was at the Farmers Market. I knew this was going to be a hard challenge!
The local Granny Smith apples were $.89/lb., too cheap to pass up, and buying them saved me a trip to Linvilla Orchards until later in the month. I made two batches of applesauce on Monday, and canned them in our pressure canner. I highly recommend pressure canning. It uses less water than a water bath, and quarts of applesauce only need 10 minutes at 10 pounds pressure.
While I was digging potatoes last weekend, I messed a number of them up. I set them aside, cleaned them up, cooked them, and mashed them. On Monday, I made two loaves of potato bread with two cups of mashed potatoes; the recipe is in the Tassajara Bread Book. I used the potato water from cooking the potatoes to help make a loaf of our regular sandwich bread, too. My plan is to make potato bread on Sundays to have for the week.
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