Milk, eggs, meat and produce prices are way up. Meanwhile, gas and heating oil are gobbling up more of our available cash, leaving us less...
Milk, eggs, meat and produce prices are way up. Meanwhile, gas and heating oil are gobbling up more of our available cash, leaving us less to spend on food. What’s a home cook to do? Here are some tips:
Cut back on meat
• Find the meat department’s “reduced for quick sale” section. Most supermarkets have them, and though you won’t find a deal every week, occasionally you score.
• Build filling meals around cheap protein. Dried beans are a good bet — especially tiny red lentils that cook in a flash. Pair them with ginger and curry powder or other zippy flavors, and simmer with inexpensive veggies like cabbage and carrots.
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And don’t forget about eggs, still a decent deal even though the price is going up.
• Make a weekly menu plan and shopping list, and stick to it. Set aside an hour each week to get organized, on a weekend or an evening after the kids go to bed.
• Grocery shop only once a week, at the store that has the best combination of deals and products for your needs.
Eat in season
• Eat mostly or only seasonal fruits and vegetables. Cook more root vegetables in the winter; eat more grapes, tomatoes and zucchini in the summer.
• Use your freezer, especially for winter temptations like out-of-season fruit. In late spring and summer freeze rhubarb, peeled and sweetened peaches, and summer berries to use year-round. Freeze black bananas to use in muffins or bread.