In the past few weeks, I’ve been going to the farmer’s market a lot. My fingers still hurt from cutting corn off 100 ears. I wish I could help myself, but I just can’t resist the prices. I possibly have a produce addiction – – I just don’t know. When the vendor offers me 45 pounds of cucumbers for $10, how do I turn that down? I am really proud of myself, because I recently said “no” to 10 heads of cabbage for $5. I was going out of town, and knew I couldn’t possibly deal with that amount in such a short time. It took restraint, especially because the vendor kept pushing it, like he was a dealer of illegal substances. Because I don’t have the fridge space or a root cellar (yet – – just watch me), I had to decline. How very painful.
I recently bought a bunch of cucumbers at the farmer’s market for 13.8 cents each. I was planning on making more dill pickles with them, till I remembered I hacked down most of my dill plant making my 7 quarts of dill pickles a couple weeks ago. I decided to make bread and butter pickles instead. The recipe makes 8 pints of pickles, but only 7 pints will fit in a standard water bath canning pot, so I just put one in the fridge. If you have never had bread and butter pickles before, they are sweet and sour. These are great!
In the picture above are 6 pounds of sweet potatoes in the jar. Six pounds. Can you believe it? When sweet potatoes went on sale for 89 cents for 3 pounds, I had to do something. First I made sweet potato chips, but I wanted to store some of these potatoes for longer term. My freezer is getting rather tight, so it was time to get creative. What can you do with sweet potato powder? Reconstitute the powder into a puree and use it for pie, biscuits, sweet potato casserole, soups or just a a side dish. I made sweet potato/black bean burritos with sweet potato puree. This powder reconstitutes beautifully, and you would never know it was once a powder. It’s like a miracle.
Sweet potatoes were on sale for 89 cents per three pound bag, so naturally I had to buy several. However, I only bought four bags because I know they will go on sale for probably even cheaper in the fall, so I didn’t want to go wild. Twelve pounds seemed enough for now.
Kentucky Fried Chicken has the best coleslaw you can buy. The thing is, KFC is so expensive, even though carrots and cabbage are inexpensive. For some reason, coleslaw everywhere else has big pieces of cabbage in a runny, tasteless dressing. I honestly think the average restaurant coleslaw tastes like dish water. And although their coleslaw is inexpensive to make (or buy in those giant tubs), and the fact that it’s gross tasting, it’s always in a tiny cup. It’s like their coleslaw is such a treasure to be rationed. They treat it like a delicacy, declaring it as a side dish, only to give you two tablespoons. I made a delicious KFC knock-off version. And I should mention it’s easy.
With coleslaw, texture is everything.