Mirepoix - the trifecta of vegetables commonly used for base flavoring in recipes. Around here, that means celery, onion and carrots.
Many many kinds of soups and stews, ham and beans, stuffing/dressing, and etc all start with this flavor base. I keep these 3 veggies on hand all the time. Garlic and parsley also get added to most everything I make. This goes back to the previous discussion about seasoning your food well. Vegetables add flavor just as much as herbs, spices, salt and sugar do. You're building a base of flavor that gets added to with each ingredient. Even with inflation the 3 core veggies of mirepoix have been affordable to cook with. Give this a try!
Side note: One thing I struggled with when canning large batches, was getting a bunch of veggies cut up fast and ready to use. This food chopper** has changed that and I'm using it almost every day. My only complaint is the that the top grid that pushes the food through will pop out from time to time when chopping something firm, like carrots. It's easy to clean, I take all the pieces apart and run it through the dishwasher on the top rack. It wasn't outrageously priced and I would buy it again.
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