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3 Ways to Save Money in Your Kitchen

Posted on April 1, 2014

marinated chicken

At this time of year, we’re all looking for a little extra cash. From our kitchen to yours, here are a few ways to save.

1. Buy by the season:  Let the produce aisle tell you what you’re having for dinner rather than letting your shopping list dictate the menu. Not only will you notice what looks and smells the most enticing, but often those ripe and ready fruits and veggies are priced to sell. It makes sense. When fruits and veggies are in season, local farmers are harvesting as quickly as possibly to get the most out of their crops. Of course, every piece of produce has a shelf life, which means it’s important to price it so it appeals to consumers while in its prime.

2. Go whole: Every time you purchase a product that has been trimmed, chopped or changed in any way from its original state there is a service fee wrapped into the price. You may not think of it that way, but it’s true. That’s why a whole FreeBird chicken is going to cost less per pound than a boneless, skinless breast. Whether you’re serving a whole roasted chicken for dinner or not, buying a whole bird is a great value. Grab a chef’s knife or cleaver and cut your own 8-piece meal. Separate the breasts and thighs and use the carcass to make your own chicken broth. Buying whole gives you the flexibility of several cuts at a price that’s hard to resist.

3. Forgo the gadgets: There’s no doubt a gadget for everything these days. And then some. That said, with a good knife and a couple of pans, you can cook almost anything. Resist the temptation to purchase that ergonomic garlic press or super-powered juicer in favor of taking a few extra minutes to do it by hand. Not only will you save money, but you’ll end up with less clutter and fewer items to wash at the end of the meal.