Ideal ways of saving at the Grocery Store
When prices skyrocket, here are ideal ways of saving at the grocery store. Being a personal cook, here I share a few tips to shop consciously.
To shop wisely:
Make a list so when you get to the grocery store, you stick to it. Use coupons for items you were planning to buy and not for products you wanted to try. Don’t buy on impulse. Don’t shop at the grocery store when your hungry and resist the temptation to buy foods you don’t really need.
Buying pre cut items aren’t always the best:
While they save you time in the kitchen, pre-cut fruits and vegetables are costly plus many fruits and vegetables start losing nutrients, like Vitamin C, once they’re cut.
- Buy whole heads of lettuce and chop them yourself
- Shred your own cabbage and carrots
- Buy bone-in, skin-on chicken and bone and skin the poultry yourself
- Shred your own cheese
- Marinate your own pork and turkey tenderloin
- Purchase “family packs” of chicken, steak, pork and ground meat — the price per pound is typically lower. Portion out extras and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
Organic vs. Regular Produce:
Consider buying produce that uses less pesticides or whose skins or outer leaves aren’t consumed. Produce with the lowest levels of pesticides include onions, avocados, corn, pineapples, mangoes, peas, kiwi, citrus fruits, and bananas.
When fresh produce is out of season, it makes more sense to buy the frozen ones. Most all of the frozen vegetables are picked while they are ripe and flash frozen. Normally most produce will sit on the supermarket shelves for quite some time anyway and they do begin to lose their nutritional value.
Buy Frozen Fish:
Frozen fish can sometimes be more superior in quality to fresh ones. Even uncooked frozen shrimp is a great ingredient for many recipes such as oriental cooking and many pasta dishes.
Canned Beans are a Huge Bargain:
Canned beans are inexpensive and they’re a great source of protein and fiber. There are many brands out there, but you should look for ones that contain low or no sodium. They are great options for adding to soups, stews, and salads.
While you are shopping:
• Stock up on sale items that can be stored, such as canned and jarred foods, pasta, grains, frozen vegetables, and poultry, meat, fish and shellfish that can be frozen for future meals.
• Farmers’ markets and natural food stores often offer huge savings on seasonal produce.
• Plan for leftovers by making double batches of soups, stews, sauces, and casseroles. Freeze the extras in individual or family-style portions.
• Stretch meals by adding satisfying and filling side dishes. Brown rice, whole grain pasta and beans are great choices.
Even if you hate the idea of food shopping or maybe just not a very good cook, consider hiring a Personal Cook. You can now enjoy great dining at home without all the hassles. See how I can help you today! Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals, a personal cooking is service located in Flemington, New Jersey and serving Hunterdon County and some of the surrounding areas. Feel free to contact me at 908-788-6873