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.
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.
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?