|Canning Rescued Produce|
Can in Season
Start with seasonal fruits and vegetables and research recipes that appeal to your taste buds. If your neighbor has an olive, fig or orange tree, don't be afraid to ask if you can pick. Most homeowners will be more than happy to share, as it saves them the trouble of landscapers. You may also find that someone at church or school is willing to make a trade, perhaps you have lemons and they have grapefruit? Make a trade.
Find a You Pick Orchard
We had the most fun at a local you pick apple orchard and I can't wait to go again. There are farms and orchards in every part of the country that are set up for open picking. You sometimes pay a picking fee and other times you pay per pound for what you pick, either way they are a better deal over the grocery store and the produce is better too.
|Find a Wholesaler|
We have a local coop in town that offers boarder rescued produce for a fraction of the cost. This produce is often a little over ripe and very unsightly however it makes great canned goods. The last time I purchased rescued produce I bought 60 pounds of tomatoes and zucchini for $10. I was able to can that produce right away and we had enough tomato sauce for a year. It was a great deal.
Some other ways I have found great produce for canning are by shopping wholesalers, coops and watching the local farmer's market ads. Local farmers markets and grocery stores will usually have one produce item marked down to a ridiculous price every week and that is the item I can that week. If it is a screaming deal and I have cans, you can bet I'm going to buy extra and put it back. I also found a local wholesaler that will sell to the public through word of mouth. I have to buy by the case but when I can afford it it is a great deal. Finally, I have had some good experiences with coops but lately I have found them to be a hassle. When I used them, they were a good deal usually offering a laundry bucket of produce for $15 to $25 dollars.
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