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And the shopping continues....

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by , 07-17-2009 at 06:47 PM (1694 Views)
Over the last two days:

Static Guard spray $4.99
Mustard seed $3.19
Celery seed $3.99
Red onions (2.07 lbs) $2.05
Red bell peppers (.78 lbs) $3.89
Sushi $8.79
Watermelon (32.03 lbs for 2 melons) $18.85
Canning salt $3.38
Turmeric $3.89
Lemons (4 total) $3.16

The static spray is because my car seats on my work car always cause me to get a static shock when I get out of the car, even if I am in it only a few seconds. So I gave the spray a try, being tired of having to yell, "OW!" every time I touched any metal. Worked like a charm!

The mustard seed, celery seed, peppers, onions, turmeric, canning salt, and watermelon are all for various canning projects: bread & butter pickles, nectarine mustard, zucchini (and possibly also pickle) relish, and watermelon jelly.

The lemons are because I like having fresh lemons around, if needed.

I haven't weaned myself off of store sushi yet, although I've reduced the amount I buy now. I have all the ingredients but one to make hm sushi, and I may just try it, even without that last ingredient.

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  1. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    How big were your watermelons madhen? They sound like they cost alot although now I notice they were pretty big!
  2. madhen's Avatar
    They turned out to be much bigger than I needed. I used half of the smaller one to make the jelly. Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest!! They were .49/pound, and I think the smaller one was about 12 lbs.
  3. IndigoMom's Avatar
    I was wondering about the HM sushi when I read it in your list ... haha, funny you mentioned it. I say go for it even without that one ingredient. At least that way you'll know for sure if it's worth the search for - The pesto I made called for pine nuts and I didn't have any. Have to say, I didn't miss it either, so I doubt I'll add the expense in the future either.
    As for the extra watermelon, you can puree it with honey to make a sorbet...YUM.
  4. madhen's Avatar
    Ooh, I like that idea, IndigoMom!!
  5. frugalwarrior's Avatar
    wow,watermelon is $4.39 at kroger,seedless. I am glad it's not by the pound.
  6. frugalwarrior's Avatar
    Are you buying organic?? Sam's club has better prices on all you bought.
  7. fixer's Avatar
    Wow, buying watermelon buy the pound is scary. Of course, it would not be bad to sell the ones in the garden that way.
  8. IndigoMom's Avatar
    Here's a couple of recipes I found - if you use honey instead you definatly want to use less, honey is way sweeter than sugar, plus you don't have to cook it

    Watermelon Granita

    5 cups seeded watermelon pulp
    1 cup sugar syrup*
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    Thin watermelon wedges, cut into strips for a garnish

    Puree watermelon in a food processor.

    Pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Stir in the syrup and lemon juice. Freeze for about 4 hours or until frozen solid.

    To serve, scrape up granita with a large spoon and place in goblets, tulip shaped wine glasses or ice cream dishes. Garnish with a narrow wedge of watermelon. Makes 4 servings.
    *To make sugar syrup; Combine 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for one minute. Stirring constantly until all of the sugar has dissolved. Cool in the refrigerator.

    Watermelon Smoothie

    1 - 8 ounce lemon, fat-free yogurt
    3 cups cubed, seeded watermelon
    1 pint fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
    1 tablespoon honey or strawberry jam
    3 ice cubes

    In a blender or food processor, combine yogurt, watermelon, strawberries, honey and ice cubes.

    Process until smooth and frothy. Serve in tall glasses with a straw. Makes 4 servings
  9. madhen's Avatar
    Thanks, IndigoMom!! I'm definitely going to try some of these!

    I did think it was pricey, but I don't "do" Sam's Club (not a fan of Wal-Mart) and the nearest Price Club is about an hour away. I probably could have found it cheaper, but I was in pain from a back injury and just wanted to get it and go.

    Besides, I'm using the rind as well, so at least I'm getting my money's worth!!
  10. mauimagic's Avatar
    Madhen - how did you get all of that into your house?

    Those recipes from IndigoMom sound great!!

    With all of those ingredients, you are going to be one busy woman - please have fun with your projects!! And keep us uptodate so we can cheer you on!!
  11. missyali's Avatar
    I need a few days of at home time and then I think I will follow your lead, madhen. I've been wanting to do some watermelon jelly ever since Debbie posted it and watermelon rind pickles as well.

    Good thinking about the static guard ~ I was wondering where you were going with that in the middle of summer....
    Updated 07-18-2009 at 09:26 AM by missyali
  12. madhen's Avatar
    Yes, and it only took me about four years to get around to buying the darned stuff!!

    Working on the rind preserves today. If I have time/energy, I may try the relishes.