SOS Tips: Smart grocery shopping

October 18, 2009 , , , , ,

7. Buy foods that are in season and stock up your freezer


In winter, just as in summer, it makes sense to buy food items that are available for sale in large quantities at low prices. At the end of summer, you can easily stock up for winter, without too much hassle.

You can roast peppers on the barbecue or in the oven, peel them and put them into small bags in the freezer. You can also make ice creams or sorbets with strawberries or other berries. Or how about freezing blueberries on a tray and then, putting them all together into a freezer bag? Making soups and apple sauces are also other ways of storing seasonal foods.

And all this at a fraction of the winter prices. You can see this using peppers as an example: they cost $11/kg in winter and $1/kg in summer.

Read our companion post SOS Tips: Stocking up for winter.

This text was prepared for the July 2, 2009 episode of Par-dessus le marché. Prices have been updated on November 7th, 2014. Watch the corresponding video.


Updated: November 7, 2014

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Cinzia Cuneo
Cinzia Cuneo, founder of, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!

3 comments to “SOS Tips: Smart grocery shopping”

February 3, 2010 Susan said:

Green onions- trim leaving an inch (2.5 cm) and use the leaves. plant the roots in dirt and they will grow again!

September 25, 2014 Janet Klein said:

I find I waste money and food because I’m only shopping for three retired persons. How can I store cottage cheese, or specialty greens when I don’t need them in my recipes again for maybe weeks on end?

Cinzia Cuneo
September 28, 2014 Cinzia said:

Hi Janet, our meal plans for 3 people in the household should help you. I do not know of any goos solution for cottage cheese.

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