Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May is Mango Month: Can I have an extension?

Each month this year, I plan to give myself some sort of challenge, to try to improve how I'm doing in that particular area.  In January, I did the Clean Out the Cupboards Challenge to use up the excess food in my pantry and spend as little as possible at the stores.  Last month, I did the Drugstore Bootstrap Challenge to build up my Extra Care Bucks from CVS and my Register Rewards from Walgreens.  In March and April, I challenged myself to Give Back...One Coupon at a Time.

May is Mango Month here at Frugal Follies!  You see, I have two large mango trees in my backyard, full of fruit about to ripen.  Too many years, I've wasted this great resource by just using a few and letting the rest fall on the ground.

Last week, I cut 37 mangoes from the tree, and there are plenty of others ripening on the tree.  I'm going to need an extension - Mango Month will be going into June!

We've eaten a few fresh ones, but most of them are being turned into yummy jams and condiments for future use.  Here's what I made today:

On the left are 5 half-pint jars of Mango Chili Sauce, and on the right are 7 jars of Mango Jam.  I'll have the recipes for them this week and next week in Frugal Food Thursday.  Together, they used up 15 mangoes (and 10 tomatoes for the chili sauce.)  It's a lot of work for not a lot of product, but they were delicious!  Plus they were cheap - the mangoes were free, the other produce was bought at my produce store, and the sugar was bought on sale with coupons from either Publix or Walgreens.

I'll be giving a jar of each to my daughters' teachers as an end-of-the-year gift.  I've done this before, and the homemade gifts were much appreciated!

Got any other good ideas of things to make with mangoes?  Let me know!

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