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.
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.
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.
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.
9. Stock up on salmon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19. Embrace cheaper cuts of meat.
21. Save on whole spices.
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