The totals at the market check-out lines are scary these days. Lean meats and fresh produce are just too expensive to be included in many family food budgets. It’s the foods that are processed, dyed with colors and mixed up with chemicals that should cost more – look at all the work that goes into them! The stuff that just grows should be cheap, right? Wrong.
Be prepared to buy better food when it goes on sale by starting up a Family Good Food Fund. Keep a jar by the front door and every night when you come in the door drop in your spare change. Once a month, tally it up and trade it in. Use the Food Fund to stock up when the price is right. Keep your eyes peeled for the occasional sale on lean meats and vegetables. Stock up on chicken tenders or boneless, skinless breasts, sirloin steak, pork loin chops or tenderloins. Portion the meats out and freeze them so you can cook with them whenever you want.
Veggies freeze well too. Package frozen veggies are fine, but your own homemade broccoli spears would have even better flavor and be bigger than those in 10 ounce boxes.
To freeze most any veggie, blanch 2 minutes in boiling salted water, drain and place into plastic food storage baggies. When you are ready to use, defrost, drain and cook as you like, from steaming to stir frying.
With smart shopping and the help of a secret slush fund, we can afford to eat good food that is good for us every day.
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