Saturday, February 26, 2011

Some tips to fight the oncoming food inflation crisis...

14 Ways to Save Money on Groceries
by Joseph Mercola

Yahoo Shine offers some advice on how to save money at the market with tips from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper. Here are a few:

* Try lining your refrigerator's crisper drawer with paper towels; they'll absorb excess moisture and keep your vegetables from rotting
* A bay leaf in a container of flour, pasta, or rice will repel bugs
* Bananas spoil less quickly in a bunch – keep them together until you eat them
* To make cottage cheese or sour cream last longer, turn the container upside down – this creates a vacuum that inhibits the growth of bacteria
* If you're unsure of an egg's freshness, put it in a cup of water; fresh eggs sink, while bad ones float

To read the rest of the tips, you can click on the link below.

Sources: Yahoo Shine February 9, 2011

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Becoming a savvy grocery shopper is a skill well worth learning, as you will need to invest some high-quality time shopping for, and preparing, your food if you want to stay healthy.

You may be tempted to "save money" on food using the dollar menu at your local fast-food restaurant, but this will cost you dearly in the long-run as the food is virtually guaranteed to:

* Zap your energy
* Sour your mood
* Ultimately cause weight gain and disease

Grocery shopping takes more time and effort, true. But it's also the only way you'll have control over what types of food you feed your family. Learning to be a savvy food shopper is not only about the price tag (looking for freshness and food quality are also important), but, that being said, the more you can keep your grocery bill down, the better.
Money-Saving Grocery Tips

Rebecca DiLiberto shares some great tips in the Yahoo Shine article above. Among those not listed above:

* Store fresh herbs (washed and sealed in plastic bags) in your freezer. They'll stay fresh for a month and defrost instantly when you want to use them for cooking.
* Make limp celery, carrots and radishes crunchy again by placing them in a bowl of ice water with a slice of raw potato.
* Spread butter on the cut side of hard cheeses to keep them from drying out in the fridge.
* Put rice in your salt shaker to absorb condensation and keep salt from hardening.
* Store your butter in the freezer; it will keep fresh for up to six months.

What you'll notice is that many of these tips involve ways to keep your foods fresher, longer, to avoid food waste.

Americans waste an estimated 1,400 calories of food per person, each and every day, according to a study published in the journal PloS One. These wasted calories represent not only 39 percent of the available U.S. food supply, but also account for approximately 300 million barrels of oil annually, with all of the environmental implications that go along with fossil fuel consumption.

Of course, wasted food equals wasted resources of all kinds, including the hard-earned money you spend on groceries that never actually reach your plate.

If you're eating healthy, fresh produce and other foods that spoil easily will be a large part of your diet. So part of being a savvy grocery shopper is knowing how to properly store your fresh foods so you actually get the chance to eat them before they spoil...

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