Today, being healthy means spending a bit more money than usual. This means buying some additional healthy supplements and investing in gym membership or your own workout equipment. It also means shelling out some extra cash to make sure you will be consuming only healthy and safe to eat foods.
Organic foods typically cost more than traditionally grown or produced food. But if you really want to be sure that what you and your family are eating are free from harmful chemicals, preservatives, and other artificial ingredients, you should be prepared to go the extra mile and spend a bit more to buy organic products.
Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow to save some money while you are shopping for organic food and after it. Below are some of these useful tips:
Purchase staple organic food in bulk.
Staple organic foods refer to the ones that you regularly include in the dishes or snacks you prepare. These include flour, oats, quinoa, cornmeal, nuts, seeds, cocoa and other basics you can find in the pantry. To save money, don’t buy these products in small packages. Instead, purchase them by the pound. However, do not buy more than what you will need for 2-3 months so that any stored food do not go stale or lose nutritional value because of deterioration.
Opt for organic fruits and vegetables that are local and currently in season.
To save more money on organic produce, buy food products that are locally grown and are in season. Usually, if an organic product has been grown in a different city, state, or even country, it will cost more because of transportation and shipping expenses. Such products may also not be as fresh as local organic items; they may spoil more quickly because they have been sitting for a longer period of time than the ones you can buy locally.
Store the organic products you bought properly.
The freezer is your best friend in keeping your organic food items as fresh and viable as possible. Make sure you store in the freezer the bulk organic products you bought. To keep organic cheese and butter longer and to preserve their taste, freeze them as well.
Follow the right storage techniques.
Finally, proper storage techniques can also prolong the lives of your organic products and preserve their good taste as well. You can start by storing your bulk items in tightly sealed glass jars. These containers do not contain chemicals; hence, you can be sure that harmful substances won’t get into your stored foods and they will stay fresh longer.