Prep It Yourself To Save Dollars

You can cut your grocery bill – and we’re all looking for ways to do that — by purchasing more of your food as unprocessed ingredients and then taking the time to prep them yourself at home.

Doing it yourself often means better flavor and less packaging, which is a win-win for us and the environment. We’ve done the math on several examples (note: US dollars).

Carrots

Cost for Shredded: $1.67 for 10 ounces
Cost for Whole: 78 cents per pound
Potential Savings: $1.89 per pound

When you’ve only got a few minutes for lunch, or when you’re tired after a long day and just want to eat something healthy, there’s no question it’s easier to open a bag and throw a handful of shredded carrots into your salad or wrap. Still, peeling and grating a fresh carrot takes just a minute or two, and typically it’ll be less than half the price of buying them pre-shredded.

Mushrooms

Cost for Sliced: $1.88 for 8 ounces
Cost for Whole: $1.64 for 8 ounces
Potential Savings: $0.48 per pound

Mushrooms are a great way to liven up many dishes. Store-sliced mushrooms might cut your kitchen time, but that convenience comes at a price. It’s not so much the difference in retail cost, but the fact that sliced mushrooms only last for a couple of days in the fridge, while whole mushrooms stay usable for up to a week.

Cabbage

Cost of Shredded Cabbage: $1.28 for 8 ounces
Cost of Whole Cabbage: 38 cents per pound
Potential Savings: $2.28 per pound

Shredded cabbage isn’t just for coleslaw; it’s also perfect for stir-fries or in salads. Buying your cabbage shredded speeds preparation, but you’ll pay a hefty premium for it. Whole cabbages are among the cheapest of vegetables, and shredding your own takes just a few minutes with a box grater, mandoline slicer or the shredding disc on your food processor. Freshly shredded cabbage tastes sweeter, too, because the longer it sits after shredding, the more its natural sulfur compounds come out and affect the flavor.

Source: Go Banking Rates/Fred Decker

Photo: © Provided by GoBankingRates

 

 

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