Food savings don’t always come from coupons. Sometimes you can save on groceries simply by looking through your pantry and freezer first. Working with what you already have, you can skip a trip to the groceries store and make sure your spent dollars on food don’t go to waste.
February is an ideal time for an “inventory” of your pantry and freezer. Foods stored in these two places, although designated for future use, often get overlooked in day-to-day cooking. Having a mental or actual list of all the canned food and leftovers in your kitchen, you can use up the food before they go bad and make space for new holiday “stock” that you might need during big year-end events. Plus the time and money saved from buying groceries and preparing food can effectively go toward other activities!
To help you clean out your pantry and freezer this month, there’s a variety of recipes for canned goods and frozen food that can be found on cooking websites and through simple online searches. You can find further tips and facts on cooking with canned food at mealtime.org. Or you can also create your own recipes from what you find – working with what you have and being creative are the best ways to save!
Do you have some favorite canned food or leftover recipes? Share with us through the comments below!