We needed to head into town yesterday morning, as we needed to hit the hardware store and I do my best to tag team go to town trips. I will think ahead by days or the whole week, the whole point of the pantry is that we do not need to “run to the store”
I had a short list of things to get at the store and once I got to the store it became shorter as I went.. Nope, Nope.. NOPE!
My list was
Two or Three kinds of fresh fruit
Fresh veggies for winter salads
Cheese -Hard old Cheddar and Mozza for pizza making.
Like I said.. a short list
It got a lot shorter when I looked that prices.. WTF.. I am sorry for the lang.. but!
I looked at a number of fruits, crazy prices.. we came home with a small bag of citrus the only thing that was a good sale price at 2 dollars for a bag of 8 tiny ones. And of course a Banana bunch.
I passed on everything else.. because they were far, FAR overpriced..
Then we got to the veggies..
I did come home with fresh carrots, at a dollar per pound.. they will be the base of my fresh salads.
I did not buy the cabbage head that when weighted out, would have been close to 9 dollars, I did not buy the butternut squash that came in at 4 dollars a pound! (what?)
I did not buy the peppers at a dollar each or the celery that was just about 4 dollars for a half size bunch..
I most certainly did not buy the pre-made stuff that ranged from 4 to 9 dollars per small plastic bag.. I just shook my head.. I need to consider going to a few stores in the next towns over to see if this is just my store?
I did get my cheese’s (I am totally out of homemade until my milking sheep come on line) I watched other folks walk up and down the fruit and veggie rows and leave mainly empty handed as well..
What I did find very interesting was that they were to be found on the back end of the store, buying frozen fruits in big bags, buying the 4 pound bags of frozen veggies.. and they were not buying the small fancy bags either.. they were buying the big bulky ones with the basic’s.
I wanted to see what the prices were and it was on the way to get hubby’s much loved ice cream.. Tell me again that people are not feeling the pressure of rising food costs!
I came home and went hmm.. time for a freezer/pantry count.. I need to get a full count of what I have in regards to frozen fruit for blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and rhubarb and for canning, I need to see what I have in regards to apples sauces, rhubarb fruit and mixed rhubarb fruits. I will need to do a quick count on dried fruits that normally are used for baking or in salads but in a push can become stewed fruits.
I am going to need to put us on a fruit budget lol.. one serving size is a small apple, orange or banana or 1/2 cup of apple sauce or small fruits.
“they” says 2 servings of fruit, which means that we need min of four servings per day or two cups per day.
or another way of seeing it is 730 cups of fruit per year for the two of us.
That could be 121 6 cup bags in the freezer or that would be 365 pints of canned fruit, thank goodness you can use dried fruit in these numbers.
That is a lot of fruit to be grown in our short northern growing climate, per poundage, this is why we want the hard fruit trees in our growing plans (sadly they are also the most effected currently by the wild weather we are having) the small fruits, rhubarb and caning fruit are the best producing of them but require the most “time” in picking
I utterly refuse! to spend the money required to buy at the prices they are currently offering in the stores!
Here is my main issue, I have been trying to build back my pantry after two poor garden years, last year was a very good year for some fruits an I put up a two year supply of them, counting on being able to balance out my home grown with the combo in winter of small amounts of fresh monthly.
if I move over to just banana’s and the odd orange for hubby, then the issue is that my two year build up, slide down to a one year on average and means that this year I am pushing for fresh eating, winter 2019 and putting up my missing backup year, all on a year where we are in rebuild garden mode.
I think I will bulk up some of my dried fruit storage to give more depth to the pantry in the short term.
We get our first fresh (early pushed) eating rhubarb in 90 days.. 120 for the next fruits to really come on line with is the honey berries and strawberries and much, much more rhubarb..
I will need to up the putting away numbers for this coming year because its not going to be better next winter.. but I will need to see if I can increase some of things we are bulk putting up.
How are you doing in your neck of the woods on the fruit front? Are you still able to find reasonable fruit prices? Can I ask what a five pound bag of apples costs? we are sitting between 5 to 6 dollars per bag. the lowest I could find yesterday was 4.95 for the Uneven apple bag.