It's no secret that I like to save money where I can. One of the best ways is to preserve summer produce when it's plentiful so you can eat that food through the off-season. Each year I garden in hopes that I will grow enough for us to eat through the summer and can or freeze it to have later. It didn't work out this year the way I'd hoped. We planted tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, cantaloupe, green peppers and pumpkins. Well we got 1 cucumber, 1 green pepper and enough grape tomatoes to keep our salad plates pretty but that's it. I still hold out hope for the peppers, as they have several blooms but otherwise I think we're done.
I found roma tomatoes for $.99/pound and bought 5 pounds of those to dice for chili, hamburger helper and such. I've also been buying strawberries any time I see them reasonably priced and making jam. Unfortunately we go through that so quickly I think I only have 2 pints left. That probably won't get us very far! LOL