Monday, June 13, 2011

May is Mango Month: Two crates full

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, 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.

So far, I've harvested two full milk crates full of mangoes.  I have several left in the milk crate, and each day, several fall from way high up in the tree where I can't pull them down.  (I need a cherry picker!)  So far, I've made:
  • 14 half-pints of mango jam
  • 8 pints of mango jam
  • 9 half-pints of mango chile sauce
  • 4 pints of mango chile sauce
Some have been eaten raw, as well.  And 6 of the half-pints of jam and chile sauce were given as end of the year gifts for my daughters' teachers and bus drivers.

Next on the agenda: mango butter!  (Like apple butter, but with mangoes).  I'll have the recipe up later this week!

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

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