Ever wish you could get produce at the price of old produce, but know you could never eat it all before it spoiled?
Bring home the old produce from the store and dry it. Dried fruits are really tasty, and dried veggies can go into soups later on.
I got this dehydrator some years ago. It's a really nice one and if you can afford it, it's worth it. But a smaller, cheap one will work, as well as the oven. In the summer, you can do what people used to do, lay your produce in the sun, covered from bugs, and save some electricity.
We were having company come over for a gingerbread house building day, so I made up some dough ahead of time, and also baked up little squares for cobble stones and such.
Sugar and spice makes everything nice,