I’ve been meaning to post this for a few weeks, but I really feel it would be better suited as a series of detailed posts in the early spring. Maximizing your produce savings in the winter takes forethought while the fruit & veggies are bountiful in summer. Most of the topics below will each get it’s own post in a couple months.
- Buy in season produce
- Start a garden (or get all the extras from family & neighbors gardens like me!)
- Freeze fresh fruit & vegetables for winter consumption. ie: freeze extra berries you picked for smoothies & tomatoes for pasta sauce
- Watch for produce sales & incorporate those into meals
- Watch for rare but wonderful fresh produce coupons
- Watch the water sprayer: Stores spray produce to keep it clean & fresh but you’re paying for the extra weight
- Be selective with organics. If you prefer organics maybe focus on the “dirty dozen” to save some cash.
- Pair a sale with a coupon to score free or cheap frozen veggies. Make sure to stock up!
Potatoes have been B1G1 for a few weeks. I refuse to pay $3.99 per bag, so I only buy potatoes B1G1. I use this recipe for Freezer Mashed Potatoes, so we can have potatoes even when they’re not on sale. I don’t like all the extras in mashed potatoes, so this is all I do:
Cut potatoes & place in crock pot
Cover with water
Cook on low about 7 hrs or on high about 4 hrs
Add milk, butter, S&P
Beat until fluffy
Divide into 8 X 8 pans (I use round cake pans)
Cover & Freeze
Bake 350 degrees about 30 minutes or 1 hour if frozen
How do you save on produce?