Saving Money on Food - Food That Lasts Longer
By Garry S. —
Published April 16, 2018
Saving money is a smart thing to do and there are plenty of ways you can do it. One way to do it is by buying food that lasts longer. Yes, some foods can last months under the right conditions and this can help you cut down on your repetitive purchases. Let’s take a look at some of the pocket-friendly grocery items. PotatoesPotatoes are a staple in most homes, but people usually buy only what they need for a day or a few days. But, here’s the thing – if you’re smart, you’d go for the 5-pound bag. It’s one of the best deals out there. For about $3.14, you can have enough potatoes for many, many meals. More importantly, potatoes, when stored properly, can last up to 6 months. RiceRice can be very filling and, in many cultures, it forms the main part of the meal. But, the best part is that half a cup just costs around half a dollar. It can be incorporated into all kinds of preparations. Plus, it’s really not that hard to find recipes on the internet. As for shelf life, it’s capable of lasting up to 5 years when stored appropriately. However, that only applies to white rice. Brown rice, on the other hand, lasts for about 6 months, which is still good. Plus, brown rice is far more nutritious. So, go ahead and stock up on both kinds. Save some money. Legumes (Beans)Legumes, especially beans, are extremely cheap when compared to meat and the best part is they offer almost the same level of nutrition. They are rich in minerals, fiber, and proteins. So, stock up on dried beans, which are cheaper than the canned versions. One pound of dried beans is just about a dollar and that can be used to produce about 6 cups. In other words, you can have 4 cans of beans for a dollar. Also, they last up to a year or more when stored properly. However, the older they get, the longer you will have to cook them. Peanut ButterPeanut Butter may not be the healthiest option, but you are permitted to indulge once in a while. After all, it is quite rich in protein. Plus, we really don’t have to go into just how versatile it is. You can use it in all sorts of ways. In fact, you can just scoop a spoonful and eat it straight. When unopened, it can last for a year. However, you open it and the shelf life drops to just 3 months, which is still not a bad deal. In fact, if refrigerated, an opened jar of peanut butter can last 6 months. ApplesIn general, fruits rank high in terms of water content, which is exactly why most of them don’t have a stellar shelf life. However, apples, fortunately, do not belong to that category of fruits. Under optimum storage conditions, they will last up to 5 months. So, if you find a good deal on apples, do stock up on them. Even if they’re just about to go bad, you can still use them to make applesauce or apple butter. PastaPasta is a staple food item and pretty easy to cook too. But, the benefits don’t end there. Pasta can stay good for almost 2 years. That’s long enough if you ask us. So, again, stock up, especially if you spot a good deal. You can find deals that sell a box for less than a dollar.