Save Your Money | Preserve Your Produce

Georgia collard greens– fresh from the garden!

I’ll go ahead and admit to having had a penchant for buying a gaggle of produce, placing it in the bottom of the refrigerator, then promptly forgetting about it.

And while I was busy NOT remembering it, my supermarket harvest quickly became wet and funky bags of slime– waiting to be trashed.

Fortunately, I realized, in the words of my Late Great Uncle Bubba, “That ain’t no way to do the thang.”

So, I had myself a “come to Jesus meeting” which led me to confess my sin of wastefulness.

Think about it, for years, in my case, I have bought food that someone took the trouble to grow—only to allow it to rot away in those sad little plastic produce bags that I also didn’t give a hoot about.

Don’t get me wrong, I cared about the environment but not enough to change the way I lived my best life.

Yeah, I was pretty reckless…

But I digress.

We’ll talk about the environment later.

Anyway, now that I’ve started gardening, I have some idea how much work it takes to plant and grow vegetables.  

So the thought of squandering them the way that I had done so many times before is now, in my opinion, appalling!

Still, I can’t even imagine the amount of time and work that our nation’s farmers invest in growing food that frequently gets trashed in a land where, ironically, much of the population suffers from some level of hunger.

Whew! All the words…

Now, on a personal level, I could kick myself for the amount of money that I’ve spent on food that never touched my lips. 

Y’all, I did it for years!

Anywhats…

After my meeting with The Lord, I decided to do better by adopting the following practices:

  1. Placing produce in a more prominent place (top shelf of my fridge) so that I don’t forget it
  2. Finding new and creative ways to prepare and eat whatever I buy
  3. Blanching and freezing or pickling vegetables before they spoil
  4. Refraining from the use of those little produce bags in the produce section

Now, in the interest of safety, I must make a clarification by adding that my pickled foods go immediately into the refrigerator as I have not yet started to deal with canning.  

Ah, but do not worry, canning is on LadyG’s list of “next things.”  

Yes, there is such a list and there are other food preservation methods on it. (You can download a template below)

Additional entries on said list may never be revealed to the public. 

*Insert diabolical laughter here*

Best believe, whatever I do, you’ll definitely be amongst the first to know— so stay tuned.

What about you?

Do you currently use food preservation techniques?  If so, which ones?

Does preserving food help you to save money?

Drop down in comments and lets discuss it.

Below is a video of me preserving some collard greens and broccoli. 

The collards (also pictured above) are from my garden; the broccoli is store-bought.

Collard Greens Staked in Containers | Greens From Daddy’s Patio: LadyG & Daddy Fuss | (S.2 Ep.2)

Collard Greens staked in containers from LadyG and Daddy’s garden

In this video, I decided to harvest some collard greens from our garden. Daddy starts fussing at me for not cutting the collards closer to the stalk.

He swears that I “left enough food on the plant for a baby.”

After the harvest, the collards, which grow upward like a little tree, had to be staked in order to keep them growing straight–we don’t want them to lean and break.

At any rate, I am including my own “closed caption” in the video because Daddy talks low and he has a very deep Southeast Alabama accent; hell, he makes me sound like I’m from New York–and that takes some doing!

***Caveat: I didn’t caption everything he said—I want to tune your ear to our beautiful dialect!

Good luck with that!

By the way, don’t let the accent fool you, my Dad tested high enough on the ASVAB (or whatever the equivalent was at that time) to go to Air Force flight school–and he was only 17!

Sadly, a physical injury kept him out.

That said, we might talk slow but we ain’t no dummies!

LOL!

Anyway, at one point in the video, you’ll hear me cuss–but don’t worry, Daddy had walked off for a second to get the water hose–he couldn’t hear me.

That was more of an inside joke between me and my son who was acting as my camera man. LOL!


And now…

Watch and listen to all the antics in the video on harvesting and showing our collards staked in their containers.

Greens From Daddy’s Patio: From Summer to Fall (Week 22-ish)

First of the fall and there she goes back... -Sly and the Family Stone 

Hello my loves!

Here’s a quick check-in as Daddy and I transition from a summer garden to a fall garden. If you are just tuning in, you’d have to go back to the beginning to see why we are where we are today.

Not to worry though, you can find past episodes on the right panel of this blog under categories: Greens From Daddy’s Patio.

Anyway…

There have been some losses, but, as I said before, I’ve learned that this is a huge part of the process.

Enjoy !

Greens From Daddy’s Patio: Where is the Fertilizer?(Week 2)

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A bloom from one of the tomato plants

LadyG is still learning about gardening!

This video shows, among other things, me trying to understand if there’s a difference between “fertilizer” and “plant food.”

Seriously!

That should show just how much of a gardening newbie I am.

By the way, I also get to taste some excess “microgreens” that have already spouted.

Enjoy!