How to prepare organic recipes on a budget

Many local producers raise their crops without added growth hormones, pesticides or herbicides.
How to prepare organic recipes on a budget
When you have a garden, you're able to trade and share with the people around you.
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There’s nothing cheap about choosing to live an organic, chemical-free lifestyle. But, you can save money and make organic recipes manageable by being a savvy shopper. Ready to eat healthy without making your grocery bill drain the bank account? Read on. Go to the farmer’s market and road-side produce stands.

Many small, local producers raise their crops and livestock without added growth hormones, pesticides, or herbicides. Since these products don’t have to be shipped to a grocery store or stocked by employees, the prices are often less than at the supermarket. Talk with the vendors and learn how they raise their products. Then, stock up. If you find a great deal on organic tomatoes, buy a bushel. Spend a day canning and freezing the produce for use throughout the winter.

If you aren’t picky, plan your meals around the sale bin at the grocery store. Organic produce doesn’t have a long shelf life, so it’s often sold at a deep discount when it’s just about to expire. For example, if there’s a package of organic onions in the sale area, and organic beef is on sale this week, plan to make a few organic recipes with these ingredients. Try beef and onion enchiladas, a taco salad, or a hearty beef stew.

Be proactive and start a garden. Whether you have a backyard just waiting to be tilled, or some room on a patio for a container garden, you can grow organic produce easily. Strawberries, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, and tomatoes thrive as potted plants. When you tend to the plants, you know what types of nutrients, plant food, mulch, or water they have received.

Later when you try making some organic recipes, you know exactly what’s on your dinner plate. When you have a garden, you’re able to trade and share with the people around you. Free produce is the best option for your budget! Talk to co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family members to see what they have growing in their gardens.

You might just be surprised to learn your boss has a green thumb and would love to trade organic recipes and share produce. When you do get an abundance of organic produce, use it quickly or preserve it. Since it’s not treated with preservatives, it will spoil within a few days. Wasted produce is not a savings.