Reduced-price pantry staples

CHICKEN Probably the cheapest kind of meat there is and super versatile too! A few chicken recipes that we enjoy: Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes , One Pan Chicken and Rice , Creamy Crockpot Mexican Chicken and Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken.

In casseroles or soups, I often can get by with using less than the amount called for. A few ground beef recipes that we really like: Crockpot Tamale Pie and Super Easy Sloppy Joes. It helps me be frugal because I can buy in bulk when food is on sale becoming less and less, it seems, these days , portion it and freeze for later.

Yes, I love stocking up and freezing items that are on sale too! Such a great way to save. I so agree with you.

We have worn out many vacuum food sealers over the years. Our son upgraded so he can vacuum seal whole chickens raised on his property. We opted for a slightly smaller model and use it daily. when canning diced tomatoes can I pressure can them in stead of water bath?

If so how long to pressure can? Yes, you can definitely pressure can them! As for how long, it will depend on your pressure canner and altitude. I would look in the instruction manual that came with the pressure canner and go by what it says there.

I would follow that. Tomatoes also freeze well! Either whole or diced or roasted. Consider that especially when your garden is at its peak. I would add celery to that list as I use it in making stews.

Onions, carrots and celery is your mirre poir for all basic stews. Yes, celery is a great pantry staple, for sure! Never heard of strained tomatoes but canned tomato products of any kind are handy to have, I think. This is one of my favorite ways to save on cheese too.

Great list! A tip on keeping garlic longer — I buy the 3 packs of bulbs from Aldi and immediately put them in a small ziplock kept in the freezer.

It keeps a long time that way!!! Ready to mince, etc. I also keep Panko bread crumbs in the freezer as I use them in a variety of recipes. Lime juice gets used in marinades, etc. and lemon juice is frequently used as well, not only desserts, but certain salad dressings too.

Final note, this is not going to work for everyone, but try to hunt out whether or not there is a good local butcher shop in your area. Or at least within reasonable driving distance.

I make a few trips a year and stock the freezer with various meats. Got a great deal on those and they worked just fine for recipes that called for bacon bits or a bit of chopped bacon — just froze them and pulled out what I needed.

I never knew you could freeze garlic! That is totally going to change my life. Thank you! And I started keeping my bread crumbs in the freezer too.

Lesson learned. Freezing lemon and lime juice is so smart! Loading up on the veggies is the way to go. I also freeze fruit and use them in smoothies!!! I tend to bake chicken breasts, cook rice, and make veggies then switch up the sauce every week.

Quick, easy, and cheap! FinancialConfession — I love Almond Butter and have started to use it instead of peanut butter as a healthier choice. It is expensive, but totally worth it to me 😀. Powdered cheese? My wife loves cheese and our fridge is stocked with cheese.

Also, you probably should avoid doing more research into ground meat. I did and ground my own meat now… Good list. Cheese powder for those like me who have the taste buds of a 12 year old Joe. I love reading these lists!! We have tons of rice and oats in our house.

My kids are obsessed with granola bars and oatmeal! So we either buy or make them constantly? Hehe thanks Ember. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Pork and garlic green beans. Table of Contents Toggle Cheap Pantry Staples Carbohydrates Condiment Protein Vegetables Honorable Mentions.

Financial Freedom Starts With Saving: Personal Capital : Sign up and use their net worth calculator for FREE. Comments We eat LOTS of pork in various forms in our family. I do like the Kirkland frozen meatballs. That does sound tasty! We had pork bone with daikon and cabbage!

I suspected fresh beans would be better. Are wholefood plant diets expensive? You have to compare apples to apples 😉 For example… organic, pasteurized, hormone-free meat and dairy is very expensive especially compared to organic vegetable produce.

Soap nor I have Aldi near us. We also buy bulk bags of rice at the grocery store maybe twice a year. This is great advice! I never tried almond butter because it is expensive especially at wholefoods , good to know! Love your list! Penny for your thoughts, love?

Cancel reply. Get Updates. Facebook Instagram Pinterest Twitter. I keep this low-carb, gluten-free one always on hand and ready for my baking needs. Sugar or Sweetener You know I love my coffee super sweet, but besides using it in coffee, sugar is also obviously used in baking as well as beauty and cleaning products.

Rice is a super inexpensive side dish to fill those growing kids! We also use it to add filler to meat dishes so that they go farther, therefore, saving us money. Pasta Pasta is easily one of the most frugal and filling meals you can make! Peanut butter as a staple pantry items can be used to make protein balls, fudge, and even a filling sandwich for lunch.

If you miss the sweet with the salty the jelly , you could pair it with an inexpensive banana, honey, or as my Dad likes to eat it… with butter. Popcorn is an inexpensive snack to keep on hand for those moments when you just want to munch, without it costing an arm and a leg!

We make popcorn on the stove in minutes, or in a brown bag version in the microwave too. Popcorn is our best pantry staples for cheap snacks. We do this all the time! Tortillas are super versatile, and you can even freeze them for later, making them a great pantry staple to stock up on!

Fajitas, quesadillas, and soft tacos are all great inexpensive meal options that use tortillas. As you can see, we keep a number of different staple pantry items in our home at all times to make sure that our home is well stocked for easy meals.

I hope that this list has not only inspired you to stock your pantry as well but that you give it a try! Because I believe everyone has the power to live a life of abundance regardless of their income level. Share Pin Bouillion Paste For years I overlooked this little gem of an ingredient.

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Cheese This item is probably the most expensive one on this list. Eggs We eat a lot of eggs in our home, especially because they are one of the cheapest breakfast foods you can feed your family!

Vinegar This is a great base for making your own homemade salad dressings. Baking Powder Baking powder is a must for baking from scratch! Baking Soda Baking soda is an important ingredient that can be used for cleaning and deodorizing around the home.

Cocoa Powder Make sure you choose the unsweetened variety of cocoa powder so that you can add your own sweetener and make it as sweet or not for your liking. Oats are a super healthy pantry staples for families!

Flour Flour is always a great staple to have on hand.

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I love Kraft. A delicious BBQ sauce can rescue many protein-laden dishes that call for tang and flavor. Canned tuna is versatile and can be eaten straight from the can or made into tuna salad instantly. Best bang for your buck is a carton of jumbo eggs. Eggs may expire but it will take up to 30 days in the fridge which makes them great protein staples.

Freshly ground meat is also the easiest to cook and can be frozen for later. Make chili, tacos, rice bowls, hamburger patties, meatballs etc. I love the thought of fresh but not everyone can make consistent grocery runs. Frozen corn and broccoli make quick and healthy sides.

The shelf life of whole garlic bulbs lasts up to 6 months! Unpeeled cloves will last up to 10 days. Garlic is expensive and adds a lot of flavors, a lot of recipes calls for garlic. Garlic powder can be purchased as a lazy substitute. Onion has a month shelf life if left in a cool, dark and dry place.

They also pack a lot of flavor to each dish. It is the queen bee in our kitchen, along with garlic cloves. We have 2 spice carousels, one was a gift and the other one we bought second hand from a garage sale.

The best place to buy spices is Dollar Tree. Rosler makes hauling back groceries less back-breaking. Soapy will be reading this so feel free to leave comments on your own favorite pantry items for a frugal pantry stock! Personal Capital : Sign up and use their net worth calculator for FREE.

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When I was little, my parents used to make pork bone soup with potatoes and carrots a lot. Great list! Canned beans are fine, but dry is definitely better and healthier.

With canned goods you run the risk of BPA exposure. Dried oats, quinoa, and other whole grains should be staples too. As well as ground flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and raw unsalted nuts.

Whole food, plant-based diets are generally not expensive. It can be somewhat expensive if you always buy produce that are organic and out of season. But all things considered, plant based diets are significantly less expensive than meat based diets when you compare food of the same quality.

You have to compare apples to apples 😉. For example… organic, pasteurized, hormone-free meat and dairy is very expensive especially compared to organic vegetable produce.

Pro Tip: It is beyond easy to make your own cream of chicken soup if you keep broth on hand — just add milk, flour , and a little seasoning!

Genius, right!? These are an obvious pantry staple! They're great to have by themselves as a side or added to a recipe. Pro Tip: To improve the flavor of canned vegetables, first rinse them in a colander under cold water.

Then add to your recipes as usual. Whether it's beef, chicken, or vegetable, broth and stock are great pantry staples to keep on hand! Just buy the biggest carton or whatever is cheapest that you can find if you use it a lot.

Be sure to refrigerate it after opening so it doesn't go bad! Pro Tip: I like to buy Better Than Bouillon from Costco. It's amazing and lasts a while!

Oatmeal is such a versatile pantry staple! It can either be eaten on its own or easily goes into so many kinds of recipes, from early morning breakfast to dessert.

Did you know that an ounce package of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats contains roughly 26, rolled oats? That's a lot of oats! Canned chicken, tuna, salmon, ham, and beef are all great ways to keep meat on hand without having to worry about the electricity going out and your meat ruining!

These pantry staples are so versatile and work in a lot of different meals. Pro Tip: If you're cooking the canned meats in a recipe, make sure you don't add it in until the very end. Your goal is to heat it up, not cook it and dry it out!

Alright, well there you have it! The top 10 pantry staples according to you fabulous Freebs. If you're just getting started, you might find that these are excellent staples to build up in your pantry so you can shelf cook like a pro!

For a more comprehensive list of what to stock in your pantry, check out our pantry staples post on our shelf cooking site! The brand new ShelfCooking. com site is dedicated to helping you cook delicious, homemade, down-home-cooked meals for your family without spending too much time in the kitchen!

After all, keeping a handful of basic ingredients stocked at home can help you make a number of easy pantry meals during those weeks when you haven't quite made it to the supermarket. You probably keep the same sorts of versatile staples around as many home cooks dried grains, jarred sauce, etc.

We compared prices for 12 kitchen essentials at Kroger, Target , Publix, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Aldi to find where you should generally look to load your cart for the cheapest price tag. Comparing to Unless you want broth that breaks the bank, we recommend you skip Whole Foods organic broth.

Kroger offers major steals when it comes to frozen veg. When your love for baking calls for always having sugar on hand, snag Aldi's Baker's Corner brand.

A small 6-ounce can of tomato paste doesn't waver a ton pricewise. For last minute, throw-together meals a jar of pasta sauce can be a real lifesaver. Kroger sells their brand tomato and basil pasta sauce for the same price.

An attempt to compare plain, long-grain white rice had us lost in Trader Joe's.

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These choices will be signaled to our partners and will not affect browsing data. Accept All Reject All Show Purposes. Onions, carrots and celery is your mirre poir for all basic stews. Yes, celery is a great pantry staple, for sure! Never heard of strained tomatoes but canned tomato products of any kind are handy to have, I think.

This is one of my favorite ways to save on cheese too. Great list! A tip on keeping garlic longer — I buy the 3 packs of bulbs from Aldi and immediately put them in a small ziplock kept in the freezer.

It keeps a long time that way!!! Ready to mince, etc. I also keep Panko bread crumbs in the freezer as I use them in a variety of recipes. Lime juice gets used in marinades, etc. and lemon juice is frequently used as well, not only desserts, but certain salad dressings too.

Final note, this is not going to work for everyone, but try to hunt out whether or not there is a good local butcher shop in your area. Or at least within reasonable driving distance. I make a few trips a year and stock the freezer with various meats. Got a great deal on those and they worked just fine for recipes that called for bacon bits or a bit of chopped bacon — just froze them and pulled out what I needed.

I never knew you could freeze garlic! That is totally going to change my life. Thank you! And I started keeping my bread crumbs in the freezer too.

Lesson learned. Freezing lemon and lime juice is so smart! I wish I could find a local butcher shop that has that kind of price on chicken!

So glad you are finding the blog interesting and helpful! It makes the work that I put into it so totally worth it when I get comments like that. There are two grocery stores near me different companies that every so often but always at different times! have chicken leg quarters for anywhere from 39 to 59 cents a pound.

so, 4 to 6 dollars for 10 pounds of those which I take home and bake and debone. I use the bones ad skin along with veggie scraps to make broth and usually enough chicken meat to make 2-cup packs that I stuff n the freezer.

It gives me a frugal break from my usual rotisserie chicken per week for much less broth and meat. It does take some work the day you buy but it saves so much money! And I love how you use every last bit of it.

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I like to watch for sales on butter and then I buy a lot and just freeze most of it. Previous Post: « Easy Canned Dill Pickle Recipe- sweet and crunchy! Next Post: 5 Minute Refried Bean Dip- just 4 ingredients! Love your blog! Don't stock up on baking powder or baking soda unless you bake daily or use the latter for other purposes, such as freshening the fridge or brushing teeth.

After about six months, the leavening power starts to wane. Related: 36 Common Substitutes for Cooking and Baking Ingredients. Oils often cost a pretty penny, so stock up when they're on special. Opt for several smaller bottles rather than oversize bottles or cans.

Although unopened oil keeps for two to three years, once the top is popped, it can go rancid more quickly. Keeping olive oil in the fridge can extend the life of an open bottle for at least a year.

The oil might become cloudy and thick, but the taste won't be affected. With nut oils sesame, walnut, grape seed , expect six to eight months before they start to go bad — even in the fridge. Heat and light are the enemies, so if you must keep oil by the stove, put it into small containers that will be emptied quickly.

For more great meal ideas and grocery tips, please sign up for our free newsletters. Nuts contain oil and, like oils, can turn rancid and taste funny.

The life expectancy of nuts stored in the pantry is just a few weeks, but they last up to a year in the freezer. Processed nut butters, such as peanut butter, last longer in the pantry than nuts — up to a year for an unopened jar and a few months after opening.

Natural nut butters without preservatives have a shorter shelf life and should be stored in the fridge after opening, for up to six months.

It's sometimes worthwhile to buy those giant containers of herbs and spices when you find a good deal. Dried, whole leaf herbs such as thyme, oregano, and rosemary retain their flavor for up to three years, but anything ground or powdered has a much shorter shelf life.

Keep dried herbs far from light, heat, and dampness but never in the fridge, where they might absorb odors. Salt lasts indefinitely, and whole peppercorns hold their potency for a few years. Keep both away from moisture. Other whole spices, such as cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks, maintain flavor for a long time but rarely go on sale.

Mustard, ketchup, horseradish, sriracha, and other condiments go on sale frequently and stay potent for at least six months after being opened. Although salad dressings and mayonnaise should be used up a little more quickly once the seal is broken, unopened bottles keep for quite a while, so buy several if storage space isn't an issue.

The 10 Budget-Friendly Pantry Staples You Should Always Have on Hand Butsince I cook almost entirely pantrh scratch, Reduced-price pantry staples do end up using it quite Sample and product reviews Budget-friendly Food Offers Reduced-prjce so. I never sfaples used italian seasoning before…ever! Reeuced-price often use Thrifty gourmet bargains to make sandwiches for lunch, toast it to eat with eggs and occasionally use it in recipes like my Cheeseburger Casserole too! I hate making pantry-based meals with just shelf-stable foods; produce really elevates a dish. Pork and garlic green beans. If you're looking to cut down your grocery bill, you can buy fewer things. Pro Tip: When you're cooking pasta, don't use oil in your water for boiling.

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