Canning & Investing in a Chest Freezer
Canning and Freezing: Feeding Your Family on a Budget
Cutting costs in the kitchen is an effective way to meet budget goals, but it’s not worth it if you have to feed your family subpar food. While recovering from debt you will need to make some sacrifices, but your family’s health should never be one of them. Read on to find how canning techniques and the addition of a chest freezer to your home can help you come in under budget and overfed.
What You Need to Start Canning
Canning is one method of food preservation that doesn’t require expensive equipment. While there are several items you will need, most of them will be things that you already have in the kitchen, such as a stock pot and tongs.
If you are able, it is worthwhile to buy some new canning jars. At a cost of less than one dollar per jar, they can pay for themselves in savings in as little as a couple of meals.
But you can often find used canning jars at garage sales and flea markets. If you do end up buying used, make sure the jars are free of cracks. Check for chips around the rim and don’t bother buying any jars that don’t seal properly. You should, however, buy new sealing tops which are inexpensive.
Once you have your jars you will want to brush up on proper canning methods and safety practices. There are plenty of guides and videos online, and many recipe books also have sections with the information you will need to get started.
People start canning both through necessity and as a hobby, so don’t be surprised if you find you enjoy it. It can be a fun activity for families looking to eat on a budget.
Freezing Meats and Other Foods
A chest freezer is an appliance that can really help families struggling to meet budget goals. They are usually kept out of sight, like in a garage or down in the basement. Because of this, it doesn’t need to match your other appliances or even be aesthetically pleasing at all.
Chest freezers are much more efficient than upright freezers, and the more you store in them the more efficient they become.
By having the extra freezer space, you can take advantage of deals at meat markets and grocery stores that offer whole animals for sale, often at a greatly reduced price. And if that doesn’t suit the needs of your family, most meat markets offer combination packages that will give you dinners for up to two weeks.
You can also freeze fruits and vegetables, so if you don’t have time for canning you can still buy in bulk and have healthy meals for your family.
By canning and investing in a chest freezer, you will find it is easier than ever to make a meal plan and stick to it. With CreditGUARD backing you up, these simple changes in kitchen habits could help you meet your budget goals. For families struggling with debt, this can make all the difference.
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