I am a notorious hoarder. I’m never caught without a plastic spoon in my handbag…”just in case I need one.” I have about five boxes of “Memories” containing: tickets, piano recital programs, Davis Gymnastics certificates, ex-boyfriends’ notes…
I think I get it from my mom–her philosophy goes sort of like this:
“If I might use it at some point in the next 5 years, I’d better hold on to it!”
“This is useful!” might be the most oft-heard comment regarding material objects in my house. I don’t really have a problem with this, until suddenly our home is being conquered by empty yogurt containers, cute little cardboard jewelry boxes, random pieces of netting, and tin gift boxes left over from long-digested Chinese moon cakes or Danish shortbreads.
but they come in so handy!
So I’ve become a bit brutal. Last year I hauled an Accord-ful of paper and plastic and glass things to the recycling center. It was oh so gratifying, even though I felt a bit guilty for trashing Mom’s carefully-kept stash. She pointed out that my closet, while overflowing, somehow magically seems to amass new frocks and other vetements regularly; no comment? I will say, bashfully, that I made a trip to Forever 21 yesterday, SPCA Thrift Store two days ago, and Empire Vintage in Palo Alto last week. There might also have been an eBay purchase or two. Vintage pieces, c’mon! I’m collecting!
I need to be less hypocritical though, because when my mom returned from her evening walk with two paper bags full of old apples from the street, I might have sniffed a bit in disgust. “Ugh, Mom, do NOT bring those in the house.” To be fair, they were pret-ty darn dirty. But they cleaned up nice; three days later (I acquiesced and scrubbed away at the little Golden Delicious guys) and we had ourselves quite a haul: apple butter, apple sauce, dried apples. The latter is what I’m here to push, though.
Dried food is often overlooked because most people don’t have dehydrators. These appliances are CHEAP and they WORK. Ours is probably circa-1970/dinosaur-era; it makes a weird groaning sound every once in a while. It’s easy to use though, and the clean up is nearly nonexistent.
What, it’s bruised? cut that gross part out and get to drying already!
10 lbs apples
some time spent coring (I don’t peel because I <3 fiber!)
juice of one lemon (I find tossing the cut apples in a bowl with juice, or spraying with a bottle work best)
(a few) empty yogurt containers
really, really cheap, healthy, not-so-perishable food (check out what dried apples cost you at the store!)