Readers of my blog will know that I prepare as many meals as possible during the summer months using our garden produce. We are able to eat healthier this way and at the same time simpliduce our grocery bills. Another way to save a little on grocery bills is food foraging. I’m not talking about raiding dumpsters outside restaurants or grocery stores (this is more often called food scavenging), although there are groups of people who have turned this into an art form. I live in a rural area so foraged food usually takes the form of harvesting apples or pears from an old tree or picking blackberries and raspberries from wild bushes. We have a couple of crabby old apple trees on our property which sits on what used to be part of an old farm. The apples are small and quite tart, but can bake up nicely in a pie or used in muffins like the ones I made this weekend (recipe below). They would also make some nice applesauce.
If you don’t have access to wild fruit on your own property, check around your neighborhood. Consider asking that neighbor down the street if they wouldn’t mind if you picked up some of the fallen fruit off of their apple tree. You could check on Craigslist too. Just this weekend I saw an ad posted under “Free” where someone was inviting others to come pick from their apple tree. You could always place an ad asking if anyone has any fruit trees or berry bushes they wouldn’t mind sharing. Often people don’t take the time to forage these fruits themselves.
I made these muffins this weekend using the apples from our tree and pumpkin from our garden. I have also made this using butternut squash instead of pumpkin and that works great too. I hope you like them!
Navigating the waters to financial freedom on the Green Money Stream means looking for new ways to combat lifestyle inflation by making use of what is readily available. So tell me, do you forage any food?
Foraged Apple and Pumpkin Muffins
3 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup flax seeds
5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1½ teaspoons salt
2 cups sugar
2 cups cooked pumpkin or butternut squash
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup applesauce
½ cup orange juice
1½ to 2 cups chopped apples
Cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line 24 muffin cups.
Combine flour, flax seeds, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, applesauce, and orange juice in a mixer bowl. Beat just until blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture, stir until moistened. Fold in apples. Spoon into muffin cups, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
These muffins freeze well, so enjoy some now and freeze some for later.
Update: My neighbors have an apple tree in their yard and they dropped off this big box of beautiful apples! I’ve made more muffins and a delicious pie. Maybe applesauce is next? Hmmm.