Mandie's Dinner Diner

May 26, 2010

Those pre-packaged pre-cut fruits and veggies

Filed under: Fruit, Snacks and Appetizers, Vegetables — ruralmomof3 @ 3:12 pm

Have you noticed at the grocery store that some of the fruit and veggie companies are now selling the good -for -you stuff pre-cut up for convenience? Now, let me tell you, I typically turn my nose up at this pre-packaged stuff that costs dollars for what would cost cents if purchased whole and not packaged. What a waste of our hard earned money!! Right?? You hear me don’t you!!!

Well, I caved the other day and boy am I thankful that I did!  I went to the store a day earlier than usual, in a hurry, etc.  The store had some of those pre-packaged deals on clearance due to expire within 2 days.  I knew our schedule was going to be extremely busy this week, the price was decent as far as gas station snacks were concerned and healthier too.  So, I bought enough for me and the kids. 

Yesterday’s schedule went something like this:

  • take care of kid not feeling well
  • take him to school
  • go to auction sale with husband
  • race home with just enough time to feed the animals before having to pick up the kids from school for an appt.
  • race to the school to make sure they got the message about me picking the kids up before the buses pulled out with my children
  • race to the hair appt
  • race “not feeling well” kid back home
  • race to the fairgrounds to pick up or baby chicks and ducklings
  • race home to get their brooder ready for them
  • grab a sandwich for supper at 8 pm

Why am I telling you all this in a cooking blog?  BECAUSE I’m a busy mom and I managed to remember those clearance fruit/veggie packs in the fridge before I raced to pick up the kids at school!!!!!  The convenience store only got $4 of my money (for gatorade) yesterday instead of closer to $10!!!!

Now, if you are a mom who has time to prepare those little boogers yourself:

Carrots, Celery, Radishes, Sugar Snap Peas, etc.  Store well in the fridge cut up for a week or more without any special treatment.

Grapes do too!  They also freeze well!!

Apples should be treated with citric acid or pineapple juice or lemon juice or lemon-lime soda to help keep them from turning brown after they’ve been cut up.  BUT brown apples are perfectly safe to eat (if the kids will eat them. . . )  I haven’t done this but I’m guessing they would keep decently for close to a week as well.

If you don’t have time to make them up ahead yourself and you need to choose between paying too much for them or buying a candybar at the convenience store. . .. . pay for the nutrition!!!!!!  (if you can afford it, of course.  If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford a candy bar either so just eat a whole apple. . .. )

Time to go!!!

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