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Fruits and Veggies: When to Buy Organic May 3, 2010

I know food topics are generally Ashley’s purview, but when I saw this article on Simple Organic I thought many of our blog readers would enjoy it! I’m a member of the “wish I could buy organic all the time but can’t afford it” group, and with today’s economy I’m sure many of you are too! So if you’re on a grocery budget like I am but still want to eat healthy, check out this great article about the’ “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” of fruits and veggies! It’s definitely going to change the way I buy produce!

Here’s a direct link to the wallet guide that the Simple Organic post mentions. Take this with you to the store for a quick-reference guide on what to buy organic and what’s okay to save some money on – Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides!


Fruit Leather July 27, 2009

Filed under: Food & Cooking,Recipe — Erin Joy @ 10:59 pm
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Tonight I’m making fruit leather. The dehydrator “cookbook” actually calls it fruit roll-ups, but it’s basically the same thing. I’m curious to know how it’ll come out.

The timing’s a little odd for me to be making it, but it’s because of a piece of mail I received today. See, the beginning of the story goes back a little farther than that.

Back in May, I bought a Jack LaLane’s Power Juicer at our subdivision’s garage sale for only $10. It was a steal, considering the “as seen on TV” price of them.

I had seen one in action about a year prior when I had visited a friend who felt the absolute need to show his off to me. (It was a somewhat amusing occasion, as he accidentally forgot to include any fruit in the mix, but I digress . . . ) Ever since then, I thought it’d be a fun kitchen appliance to own, but I knew for a fact that I’d never be willing to pay full price for it. So, I started looking at garage sales for one.

When I made the lucky purchase in May, it wasn’t really me who bought it. Some family friends were staying with us, and they had picked it up, thinking they might use it. When they heard that a juicer was the only thing I was looking for in the whole subdivision sale (besides baby stuff for my friends), they passed on the steal-of-a-deal to me.

Later that week, I went to wash it so that I could try it out. When I couldn’t figure out how to get it apart, I looked up the manual online. That’s when I discovered the tool to take it all apart was missing, and it would cost another $10 to replace.

I hemmed and hawed over spending another $10 to use it, especially since it wasn’t exactly the highest of my spending priorities, but my mom convinced me a week ago, and it came in the mail today.

So, I tried out the juicer. We had a conglomerate fruit juice with several overripe fruits with our dinner tonight. I liked it. Was it $160 worth of amazingness? No. But $20? Maybe. I think I just need to find a really good recipe.

I couldn’t drink that much straight juice, so I decided to make it into fruit leather. My mom’s dehydrator was already out from our having dried some different types of spices from her mini-garden, so I just threw the juice in there, and I’m hoping for the best.