Stock your pantry and freezer with these long-lasting fruits and vegetables so you can eat even when access to food is restricted. An added bonus: Since regional produce has to travel less far and can get from farm to shop faster, they are usually picked closer to their peak maturity and have a better flavor. As foodies and number lovers, we’ve decided that cooking on a budget shouldn’t mean canned beans and ramen noodles evening after evening. Or you can watch one of the handy charts online, like this one from the USDA, to get an overview.
If you’ve been with Budget Bytes for a while, you probably already know that I freeze my tomato paste. Buying products on a budget is about choosing the right items at the right time and in the right form, and it will likely be different for each person depending on where you live. If you’ve been with Budget Bytes for a while, you probably already know that I freeze my tomato paste. Extra savings by using reusable silicone bags or glass containers, I avoid spending money on Ziploc bags all the time.
Save a lot money!
Rolls, garlic bread, cookies, muffins, croissants, quick breads (like banana bread or zucchini bread), tortillas, and just about any other bread item you can think of are wonderful to freeze. I have a vacuum-sealed food saver that I use for meat when I expect it to be in the freezer for a long time. Welcome to the world of delicious recipes for small budgets. Step-by-step instructions for saving money when planning, shopping, and cooking your meals.
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How can I save money on snacks and treats when cooking with Budget Bytes?
One of the reasons I started Budget Bytes is that I don’t think you only have to eat ramen, rice, and beans to eat cheaply. When I’m making a meal, I try to portion the entire recipe into smaller containers once it’s done cooking. As you become more cost conscious and start cooking more, you’ll start creating a mental price list of your most frequently purchased items. I’m finally cooking and freezing grains ahead of time, keeping the stock ice-cube-sized frozen, and trying to order enough seasonings and other things needed to prepare meals, but I still come home from CSA empty-handed and try to turn ingredients into real meals.
I’ve identified 6 practices that have really helped me take a heavy toll on my monthly grocery budget. If you plan ahead, you won’t have to aimlessly wander around the store picking up tons of snacks because you don’t have a proper meal idea.