Helpful Tip Tuesday: Using your produce in order

Many of you have asked about buying produce once a month and how it’s possible. Well, to be honest, most of the time I buy produce and milk twice a month and I just make sure I have enough money left in my food budget to do so. But it is possible to buy your produce in one whack! You just have to know which produce needs to be used right away and which will stay good throughout the month!

Making Produce Last

Here’s a good reference for what order you should use your produce:

  1. Produce such as berries, bananas, leafy greens, avocado, cucumbers, and grapes  need to be used up first.
  2. Tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, peaches, pears, melons are next.
  3. Followed by pineapple, bell peppers,  and pomegranates.
  4. Produce like apples, oranges, celery, carrots and potatoes will all last until the end of the month. So you can buy these at the beginning of the month and not eat them until the last part of the month.

Also, utilize your freezer!! When you do your monthly trip, come home and chop your bell peppers, onions, and other things like that, put them in little ziploc baggies and throw them in the freezer. This makes sure they don’t go bad AND it saves you time when you’re trying to make dinner.

If you have produce that is on the verge of going bad and you can’t use it immediately, freeze it!
Frozen fruit is perfect for snacks (frozen grapes and blueberries are a favorite snack of my son!) and smoothies. Frozen veggies can easily be added to soups or casseroles.

Did you know you can even freeze fresh spinach? Ya I just discovered this little beauty but that will be for next week 🙂

PS  if you want to look up how long a particular item will last, check out Eat By Date.

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