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    People Are Sharing Their Very Best Grocery Shopping And Home Cooking Tips

    Little ways to shop smarter and stretch ingredients in your home kitchen.

    For many home cooks, saving money on groceries and cutting back on food waste is a top priority. So redditor u/aichliss started a conversation about the tricks that anyone should know when they buy food, and people had lots of smart responses. Here are some tips to embrace when you shop for groceries and cook at home.

    1. Make canned tomatoes a pantry staple.

    Canned diced tomatoes in a bowl.

    2. Take advantage of big batch cooking.

    ""Batch cooking is the way forward as long as you have freezer space and Tupperware. This way you can buy bagged vegetables, make a week's worth of meals, and freeze them down into daily portions... Find 2–3 recipes that you enjoy with similar bases and a starch of your choice so you can rotate your meals and save money and time cooking and cleaning." u/SoontirFel181st

    3. Eggs, eggs, and more eggs.

    Sunny-side up eggs on top of tortillas and beans.

    4. Freeze your greens.

    "Greens like turnips, mustard, collards, and cabbage freeze really well after cooking. You can get them for cheap, cook a big batch, separate into servings, and freeze." u/electriclobster

    5. Rely on soups and stews for easy freezer meals.

    A big pot of chili with shredded chicken and cheese.

    6. Mix your grains.

    "Mixed-grain rice is a thing. You can buy a ready-made mix to add to rice in Asian markets but honestly, just use what you already have in the house. Soak some lentils, barley, whole oats, etc. The idea is to get things that will cook together in the same amount of time. Start out using like 1/3 mixed grain and 2/3 rice. It's yummy and you get a lot more filling/nutrient power in the same serving size. Whole grains fill you up, and mixed legumes and grains will give you more protein and nutrients." u/Toirneach

    "Lentils and brown rice share similar cooking times, and can be cooked together, even in a rice cooker." u/eveleaf

    7. Replace meat with tofu from time to time.

    Tofu stir-fry with vegetables.

    8. Invest in a handy appliance.

    "Get an Instant Pot. It's really a game changer." u/MoonSide12

    9. Stock up on salmon.

    Raw salmon on a sheet pan.

    10. Salvage extra produce before it goes bad.

    "If you have produce you aren't going to get to before it spoils, cut it up and freeze it. Saves it from the trash and frozen veggies work great in a lot dishes."


    11. Turn rotisserie chicken into gourmet meals.

    Lettuce wraps made from shredded chicken topped with veggies.

    12. Don't overlook discounted produce.

    "When you buy produce, you should go to the discount rack, then the sales, and then everything else. A pepper with a blemish or tiny spot of mold is still fine, assuming you cut away the blemish or tiny spot of mold." u/aichliss

    13. Learn to love lentils.

    A bowl of lentils with greens and a poached egg.

    14. Start with a good cookbook.

    "How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman helped me a lot. It gave me enough knowledge that I started playing with recipes and catered them to my taste, which makes me a lot more likely to cook at home more instead of dreading eating the food I cook." u/DogPrecipitation

    "The book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat is excellent in giving an overview of cooking and the 'science' behind it. Many people who don't know how to cook get frustrated when they can't make recipes. This is because they need to learn techniques and how to work with certain products and flavors. This book is honestly so incredibly useful for gaining an understanding of it all and how each component connects and reacts with one another." u/GoingSom3where

    15. Branch out from chicken breasts.

    Chicken drumsticks with peppers and garlic in a cast-iron skillet.

    16. Take advantage of grocery store apps.

    "Look into your grocery’s weekly ads or even apps, if they have them! Safeway has an app with digital coupons and you earn rewards every time you shop. I sometimes use these rewards to get $10 off my order and sometimes I have coupons for a free peanut butter or random $5 off my entire purchase."


    17. Consider cutting out (or cutting back) on meat intake.

    A sheet pan of different roasted veggies like broccoli and sweet potato.

    18. Shop for groceries strategically.

    "Avoiding the center aisles is my mantra." u/MightyShort5

    19. Embrace cheaper cuts of meat.

    A cutting board topped with sliced steak.

    20. Never go grocery shopping when you're hungry.


    21. Save on whole spices.

    Different spices in small glass bowls.

    22. Canned legumes, FTW.

    "Canned legumes and beans cost exactly the same per unit as dry and supposedly lose minimal nutrition from canning. They're also presoaked, which is extremely helpful and saves a lot of time." u/VerneAsimov

    23. Stretch your proteins.

    A pot with veggies and bones for stock.

    24. Find some go-to recipes and master them.

    A woman cooking rice and tomatoes.

    Do you have any great tips that help you save money on groceries and make the most of your ingredients? Tell us in the comments below.