Good morning everybody!
Today it's a vacation day here in Italy! It's called "Festa dei Lavoratori", that means that today we celebrate all the workers.
So relax today!!!!
I married my sweet husband one year ago, so I think I'm still a beginner homemaker!
In this year I have tried to be a better homemaker everyday, but I have to say that I have a lot of things to learn!
To understand this, it's sufficient to see how my bathroom was before my recent decluttering (here)! And you will see very soon our wardrobe...
(Everytime my mom comes here to visit and she looks that wardrobe, she always says..."Oh dear!!! Is this the way of keeping a wardrobe?". And I say..."No, mom, I know".
Now when she saw my new bathroom, she said: "Am I dreaming?"
One of the best thing to do when you want to run a efficient household is trying to save money.
So recently I have discovered that buying a larger quantity of food at my local market, they offer us a big discount, sometimes 50% off!
So this Saturday I have bought a big quantity of catalogna chicory.
The price was 1 euro/Kg, but I have paid 0,60 euro/Kg! Almost 50% off!!!
So I have washed, cooked and put in my freezer.
Here in detail:
First I have separated the stalks (hoping is the correct english word!) from the leaves and washed:
While the water was boiling in the pots..
Then I have cooked for 5 minutes the stalks, because they are harder than the leaves.
Then I haved added the leaves too:
I have cooked for others 5 minutes and then drained all.
Now a very important step: after draining, I have immediately put fresh water on the cooked catalogna chicory to stop the cooking (in italy we say "fermare la cottura"), so the vegetable remains green and a pretty crisp.
Then I used plastic bags for freezer, these ones:
I wrote the name of the vegetable (because in the freezer it's difficult to understand if a bag is full of spinach or other green vegetables) and the date, so finally:
I think it is really a good idea to save money and time too.
In this way I have always something ready and healthy for dinner, when I don't have much time to cook or I have unexpected guests!
My husband was so happy for this "operation" that now he would like to buy a bigger freezer to allow me to freeze other things!
And when he's happy, I'm happy too!
Thanks for reading this post!