I picked up my produce co-op last week. We spent part of the weekend utilizing our food saver to extend the life of our produce! We were able to bag and freeze 5 bags of red peppers, 3 bags of mushrooms, 3 bags of broccoli, 6 bags of green beans, 1 bag of chopped onion and 2 bags of corn all using the food saver. By stockpiling produce through the co-op and utilizing your freezer and food saver this is a great way to save money! Often times we don't think of freezing vegetables because it can alter the texture. However by freezing produce you can easily use it in casseroles, the slow cooker or soups and stews.
If you are new to using the food saver to extend the life of your stockpile I suggest checking out our Stockpiling 101 - Foodsaver and Stockpiling. You may also want to check out my post on Tips for Successful Produce Co-op, including how to find one! I have really enjoying being a member of the produce co-op. It has been a way for my family to try new produce that we might not normally purchase and it has also enabled us to save money. By using the food saver we took our savings to another level because we have a freezer full of produce that might have otherwise gone to waste.
You may be interested in our other posts on how to freeze:
If you are new (or even experienced) to freezer cooking: