Tips On How To Save In The Kitchen

This is a follow-up story to yesterday’s post regarding the ever increasing food costs. High Food Costs Are Eating Me Up The responses I received were all saying the same thing. EVERYONE is experiencing higher food prices at the grocery stores, everywhere, and not just here in the United States either. Our very own blogger seekingdivineperspective at suggested I offer some saving tips on how to save in the kitchen. I can only offer the tips that personally work for me, but I do believe they can help everyone as well.

  • Buy in bulk when you can, if you have storage space and/or freezer space. Even though it is just the two of us, we buy things in bulk as much as possible. We cut and divide things into smaller portions and freeze the rest. We especially do this for our meats. But we actually purchase a lot of thigs in bulk. For instance, I buy a 25 lb bag of flour at Costco that is cheaper than a 5 lb bag at the store. Of course I am going to buy it in bulk.
  • Make as much from scratch as you can. I rarely buy pre-made or pre-packaged items. Yes, I do buy some items that are already made, like pasta sauce. Can I make it? Of course I can, but it is usually cheaper and easier to buy it already made. But things like pre-cut vegetables or meats that are already marinated, are much cheaper and usually healthier and better tasting if you do it on your own.
  • Buy store brands rather than name brands. Store brand foods are almost always the same identical items you purchase with the fancy, more expensive name recognition. We shop at Costco all the time. We love Costco. The Costco/Kirkland brands are the same exact items you purchase with the name brands. They just use their own labels, because they too know that it is much cheaper to buy things in bulk.
  • Waste not want not. You know how I have an alter ego whom I lovingly refer to as “The Queen of Leftovers”. I do my absolute best to re-use, repurpose and recycle everything, and that absolutely includes food as well. Both of my parents were products of both the great depression and WWII, so this philosophy is a concept I grew up with and it has always been a part of how I live my life.
  • When entertaining, instead of having to prepare it all by yourself, have a potluck. You can still enjoy your friends and family, but at a fraction of the cost because everyone is contributing. Not only is this a more cost effective way to entertain, but it is also a lot of fun. You get to try many other styles of cooking and new recipes, and everyone gets to shine for a bit. I absolutely LOVE potlucks.
  • If possible, DON’T buy a lot of specialty foods. Those are ALWAYS more expensive.
  • I rarely buy organic foods. I buy local foods, but I rarely buy specifically organic foods. In all honestly, I have found that organic is NOT all that it is cracked up to be. This has to be a personal decision, and it will be different for everyone. But usually organic foods are much more expensive because they do not produce or yield as much as “non-organic” foods. And a lot of people have been fooled to believe that organic foods are better for the environment. NOT TRUE! To produce organic foods, it requires more water and more land to yield the same amounts.

List of Cons of Organic Food

  • Easily Goes Bad. Compared to non-organic food, organic produce has the possibility of going off a lot quicker. …
  • More Expensive. …
  • Minimal Chemicals Allowed. …
  • No Health Benefits. …
  • No Nutritional Proof. …
  • Even Low-Level Pesticides Can be Harmful. …
  • Pesticide Contamination. …
  • High Bacterial Levels.
  •  In March, a Consumer Reports analysis found that, on average, the prices on organic foods were 47% higher than on their conventional counterparts. 
Organic Food ProsOrganic Food Cons
Less air pollutionLower variety of products
Less soil pollutionLimited shelf life
Less need for antibioticsSmall companies may suffer
Animals are treated betterQuality greatly varies across producers

While organic crops are often promoted as being nutritionally superior to conventional or GMO, there is little evidence to support this claim. In fact, numerous studies (all from Google) have found no significant nutritional advantage of organic over conventionally grown foods.  A recent study found that because organic agriculture is now done mostly by big corporations instead of not local producers, and the lower yields combined with the intensive use of machinery means that overall, in terms of emissions and pollution, organic agriculture is usually worse than conventional.

Many consumers believe that the Organic label means the food has superior nutrition and is safer, especially in regard to pesticide residues. This is not true. Studies have shown no appreciable difference in nutrition between crops grown either organically or conventionallyOrganic agricultural production still uses pesticides and herbicides that USDA’s organic certification standards have okayed. Just because something is labeled “organic” does not mean that no pesticides or herbicides were used. It simply means that the ones applied met the USDA’s production standards for the term. In general, pesticide levels in both organic and non-organic foods were within allowable safety limits. A recent USDA survey reveals some shocking facts. According to an annual summary of pesticide data, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed that a whopping 21 percent of organic samples tested contained pesticide residue.

***All of these tips on organic foods was taken from Google. Do your own research and make the decisions that are best for you and your family based on your own studies.

I hope these tips help. Right now, we are all doing our best to help make ends meet. All we can do is to do our best. Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

16 thoughts on “Tips On How To Save In The Kitchen”

  1. Thanks for the great tips! We love Costco. A trip to Costco is an “outing” we usually take together.
    We also love pot lucks, especially since everybody tends to bring their best dishes. 😋
    I have read that some foods have more pesticides than others, and at one point I had a list. Basically, if you peel it, you don’t have to worry about pesticides. If you’re concerned about pesticides but don’t want to spend the extra money, there’s an inexpensive way to neutralize the pesticides. (.. Allegedly. Maybe you can research this…?) I stir a little lemon juice and salt into some cold water and soak things like berries in it for about 3 minutes. Things like apples I’ll wipe down with salt-lemon solution for about 30 seconds. There’s also a special spray that’s supposed to do the same thing, but then you’re spending more money…

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  2. I buy as much in bulk as I can…it’s funny though, I read an article recently that was about ways to save money and one thing they mentioned was to not buy in bulk. I think they were trying to suggest that you spend more when you buy in bulk, but didn’t mention that you actually save money bc you don’t have to buy it as often. It didn’t make any sense to me and had to click out of the article as I rolled my eyes. Some things don’t make sense to buy in bulk, like fresh fruit or veggies – unless you’re going to actually use/eat them, can, or freeze, but that wasn’t what the article was suggesting. I don’t remember who wrote it…

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  3. Back when my husband was working himself half to death to support six people on one income, I was forced to become an expert at saving money on groceries. After we became empty nesters, I no longer needed to be so frugal, but now that prices are soaring into the stratosphere, I’m thankful for that early training. We did it before, we can do it again…

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