Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Friday, February 16, 2018
Frugal Tips for Buying Organic Ingredients
Of course this is in addition to all the frugal tips I've shared.
Olive oil is expensive if you are buying it organic and non-gmo. Olive oil should taste like olives. If it says it comes from more than one source, you are not getting true olive oil.
If organic and non-gmo are important to you and your family, consider buying it by the gallon. Especially if you thrive to be self-sufficient, and use it for infusing (to make homemade lip balms, lotions, creams, balms, etc.).
Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
Buy this by the gallon vs. the smaller bottles. You will go through it quickly if you use it during canning season, make your own thieves vinegar (or other herb infused vinegar), your own facial toners, and more. We are lucky to find a health store that sells it by the gallon. Our grocers do not. I go through a lot for pickling too.
Purchase when on sale and dehydrate. Store in air tight containers in your freezer. You'll have better nutrition at a better price. Canned mushrooms are full of sodium, unless you buy salt free, but cans can have BPA too.
Purchase organic celery on sale, dice and freeze in ice cube containers. Please visit my post on how to do this: here
Items like Cumin, Chili Powder, Cinnamon, ground mustard, sesame seeds, mustard seeds and others are used quite frequently at our homestead, and more so when canning season is here. Locate a store (or online source) to purchase these in bulk, and at a good price. Simply re-fill a small container in your pantry. Store extra in canning jars in a dark cool location. Be sure to date your jars. You can do this with bay leaves or other herbs you are unable to grow yourself.