It is way too early for Farmers Market goodies, but this week my local grocery yielded some decent sales. My grocery order was delivered this afternoon, so I have been busy putting groceries away and working on preserving the bounty.
Those plastic bags of fresh cole slaw mix, containing shredded green and red cabbage and carrots, were on sale for 10/$10. Seven bags were enough to fill 14 dehydrator trays, with another 3 bags full left over for tomorrow. A handful of the dried mix tossed into simmering soup adds such good flavor. Or sometimes I will soak to rehydrate enough to add to casseroles.
Onions were on sale. I just love the guy who calls me to take my order. Sometimes a sale is not much of a sale. He found onions for me that were less expensive than the sale price. I ordered 10 lbs. of onions and they will be peeled, chopped and in the dehydrators when the cabbage mix is finished.
Hamburger was on sale, but there was a limit of 6 lbs. per order. I hate when they do that. But I ordered 6 lbs. anyway. They will be made into meatballs, browned in the oven, packed into pint jars, covered with broth and canned. I use them for spaghetti and meatballs, heated with potatoes and gravy or I have even made meatball sub sandwiches with them. It's all good.
The last thing I ordered for preservation was cream cheese. I had seen a video about canning cream cheese so I thought I would give it a try. I don't use a lot of cream cheese, but I do like having some on hand. Seems to me that canning, if it turns out good, would be a better option for me than freezing it. This is another experiment, so I will wait and see how it turns out before recommending the process. The same video discussed canning cheddar cheese, but I have to say I wasn't enamoured with the results. The finished product looked sort of rubbery and although they said the taste was just fine, I think the texture would make it something I would not really want to use.
Spring hasn't decided if it is ready to stay. Temps have been in the mid to high 40s during the day and dipping down toward freezing at night. I had to turn the heat back on and close the windows, as a stiff breeze and rain have accompanied the low temps. My way of contending with the cooler weather is to bake something. An apple crisp and a double batch of chocolate chip cookies are penciled in for tomorrow. You just can't go wrong with something chocolate.
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