The beginning of the week is like a grand adventure for me. I do my grocery shopping on Mondays in order to take advantage of all the discounted meats. So…it’s like a safari. I’m on the hunt, but not sure what I’m going to “bag”.
In order to make room for all of the new groceries, an additional hunt is necessary. A tour through the refrigerator to seek out the limp, the frail or the weak (food that is). Yesterday’s refrigerator search was quite successful for sure. Here are the poor victims of my hunt:
I am not one to waste, especially food. So I needed to take those sad little bits & pieces and make them into something wonderful. First the veggies. I was able to salvage a handful of greens that went into our dinner salad. The rest fell victim to the oven. They were given a second chance, bonded together to create a new life that is veggie bouillon.
I thinly sliced the carrots and together with the greens placed then in a single layer onto two cookie sheets. They then went into a low oven (170 degrees) where they stayed most of the afternoon, drying out until there was nothing left but a crispy version of their former selves.
A quick pulse in the coffee grinder and they joined the rest of their previously dehydrated buddies into my never ending jar of veggie bouillon. I use this stuff a lot! Added to homemade soups, sprinkled on salads, added to rice dishes or rubbed onto meats. It is full of intense flavors and adds a nice punch to many meals.
What wasn’t dehydrated, we’ll use for compost. Notice that I reused the veggie container for the compost. Nothing wasted!
Now for those pears. I remembered that I still had about one cup of black raspberries hanging out in my freezer. We picked those berries from the wild black raspberry bushes on our farm. So the solution was clear. Pear/Black Raspberry Jam. I peeled and chopped the pears, added the black raspberries and heated them to a rolling boil. I then added a little over a cup of sugar and heated again to a rolling boil, then for a minute or two until I was pleased with the consistency. A quick whir with my stick blender and it was perfect. I loaded the sweet yumminess into two jars recycled from my hair dresser. (She saves her jars for me…in return she gets pickles and jam. It’s a great relationship) Please note, they are jars from her home, NOT her salon. And there you have it! Another victim saved and reborn!
So when you come across those bits and pieces of food in your fridge, try to get a little creative with them! You can still salvage them…well, most of them anyway. Food isn’t cheap, we should cherish every bite. 🙂