Bag of Peppers $1
Our produce market offers vegetables that are just past their prime at a big discount which means it's a good place to stop if we're in town running errands. They have a bargain bin where peppers are sold for $1 per bag. I forgot to count them but we purchased three bags and they contained 5-6 peppers each and they were big ones. Comparatively, Wal-Mart's peppers were priced at $0.75 each The grocery stores are often $1 each.
We don't mind a little age on the peppers because we're going to dehydrate them anyway. I wash them, remove stems and seeds, and slice into 1/4 inch strips. Our dehydrator suggests 125 degrees F until they are leathery- overnight is easier for us.
I filled up 6 trays with red and green peppers with scraps for the chickens. I held out a red one for dinner.
We had one disappointment and it wasn't in the bargain bin. I also learned something about zucchini that I never knew before. We were making a special dinner - see upcoming post- and needed a small zucchini. Ours haven't come in yet so I bought (NOT in the bargain bin) a very small green zucchini. It turned out it was so bitter that we had to pick it out of the dish- couldn't eat it at all. I Googled it and found that some zucchini contains too much cucurbitacin, a naturally occurring toxin, which will affect all the fruits on the same plant and can cause serious health issues depending on the levels. Commercially grown zucchini has been selected for low levels of cucurbitacin so you don't often see it in the grocery stores. I've never run into this before from a produce market. Anyone have any ideas?
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