I think I have a produce problem…..

I have been teaching a few classes lately, “Going Gluten Free” and “Clean Eating 101″. It is a good excuse for me to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes, buying ridiculous amounts of produce. Topic research, right? I don’t mean filing up my cart at the grocery store – I mean going down to River City Produce and buying 100lbs of fruits and vegetables.

Yes, you heard right and no I did not magically have 20 more children to eat it all. On my last visit an employee suggested I start my own coop which I might eventually have to do.¬†Awesome and amazing hubs eyes about popped out of his head this last time when he peeked into the back of my Tahoe but he didn’t say a word. He was overheard telling someone later that most women like to shop and spend money on things, I just happened to like produce over jewelry. Isn’t he patient? Plus he got me bling for Valentine’s Day.

Back to the produce,¬†I share with my parents and sister and the rest I cook, freeze and now dehydrate! Using the Excalibur dehydrator Rob and my parent’s got me for Christmas I am trying new things and this week it was celery. I forgot to take a before photo of the celery on the tray but they were full with the pieces partially touching each other and cut in 1/4 in strips. Here is the after photo.

dehydrated celery

My dehydrator can hold a lot, it has 9 trays and I was able to cut up 4 bags of celery which dehydrated down to four mason jars worth in one load.

celerycomparison

Four bags down, 24 to go! I may have over done it with the organic celery this time. Hopefully I can make plenty of soups and casseroles to use it up.

I might start a series because I have organic squash, organic zucchini, bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe and apples next. Do you buy fruits or veggies in large quantities?

1 Comment

  1. Jennifer Navarrete
    Mar 11, 2014

    I read your post and was impressed with your knowledge and time management skills. I wouldn’t even begin to know how to handle 10 pounds of produce let alone 100 pounds!