Monday, June 20, 2011

May Is Mango Month: Mangoes keep falling on my head

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 (and now June) is Mango Month here at Frugal Follies!  You see, I have two large mango trees in my backyard.  Too many years, I've wasted this great resource by just using a few and letting the rest fall on the ground.

So far, I've harvested two four full milk crates full of mangoes.  We've had some bad storms in the last few days, and all of the ripe mangoes at the top of the tree fell down after each storm.  Some were sacrificed to the bugs, but I was able to collect a lot of them off the ground after the rain stopped falling.

The canning list is:
  • 14 half-pints of mango jam
  • 8 pints of mango jam
  • 9 half-pints of mango chile sauce
  • 4 pints of mango chile sauce
  • 11 half-pints mango butter
I also have 1 gallon-sized bag of chopped mangoes in the fridge.  I'm not sure what I'll be making with that.

I'm almost ready to put out a box of mangoes at the end of the driveway with a sign saying "FREE MANGOES."  Almost.  But not quite yet.
    Got any other good ideas of things to make with mangoes?  Let me know!

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    Lisa June 20, 2011 at 1:44 PM  

    Mangoes are delicious..... but too much of a good thing can get overwhelming!

    Unknown June 20, 2011 at 3:03 PM  

    Mango Salsa. I spent $6.99 on an 8 oz container at whole foods. Kept the ingredient list and just made it again over the weekend: mango (diced), red onion (diced), jalepeno (diced), cilantro, lime juice, salt & pepper. Pretty tasty! (Wishing I could SEE the owner's of the mango trees in neighborhood, don't want to just walk up and pick, you know??)

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