Last week, I was at Sam’s and saw a bag of very small red and yellow sweet peppers in the produce section. I bought a bag for $2.88. I wasn’t expecting much but when I opened the bag, the peppers were so sweet and tasty I couldn’t resist going back for more! They are about the size of jalapeno peppers. I enjoyed cooking with them and eating them as a snack straight out of the bag.
I asked a man at Sam’s how often they got them in the store. He told me it was a one-time purchase so when they are gone, they are gone. I decided to can a bag of them, not only to enter in the state fair, but also to preserve the wonderful taste. They can be chopped up and put in any number of things including goulash and meatloaf.
Of course, they lost a little color in the processing, but are still beautiful!
This is part of the reason I call my blog the domestically impaired guide….it is because I am not harnessed to everything being home-grown or from a farmer’s market. We do not have a farmer’s market from November to April and there are plenty of wonderful items that come to your local grocery store shipped in from all parts of the world! If it tastes good and you have time: CAN IT!! It may work out and it may not but you will not know until you try.
Cruise through the produce section of your local market this week and see what you may like to try canning. It could be just as good, and sometimes better, than the items you get at the farmer’s market. In fact, this past season, the strawberries I got from the farmer’s market (that I have nearly $4 per pound for) tasted like mud. The ones I got at the grocery store tasted like the berries I remember from childhood.
Do not tie yourself to only a certain way of living if you find a modern convenience to be better! Sometimes, the new way is good as well.