How to Save Money on Fresh Vegetables

It is easy to save money when buying fresh vegetables. Here are some easy tips to getting the best value when eating fresh;

Tip 1. Buy in season, locally grown produce. In season vegetables are cheaper because they are abundant and locally grown veggies taste better and last longer because they haven’t spent days in a refrigerated truck to get to your supermarket. For out of season vegetables substitute flash-frozen supermarket versions.

Tip 2. Don’t just grab a handful of veggies. If you take your time to choose each vegetable individually, you’ll eliminate any that could spoil the lot. Use all of your senses. You want to choose vegetables that have a bright, lively colour, have a pleasing smell or aroma, smooth, unbroken skin, with no blemishes, bruises, soft spots, or mouldy areas.

Tip 3. Buy only the veggies you’ll use within a week. Most vegetables kept longer (with the exception of some root vegetables) are likely to spoil. To know what you’ll use in a week, shop with a list for sides, snacks, and main dish preparation.

Tip 4. Try to grow your own vegetables. If an outdoor garden is not your thing, at least grow some herbs on a windowsill. Have you looked at the prices of herbs in the supermarket lately? Or start some bean sprouts, you will have your own fresh stir-fry ingredients in days.

Tip 5. If you do find yourself with an over supply of veggies about to go bad, freeze them. You can prepare them in a dish, making vegetable stock, soups, or a vegetable casserole first, and then freeze.


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