Save Money on Groceries by Buying These Vegetables Frozen Rather than Fresh ...

By Eliza

Save Money on Groceries by Buying These Vegetables Frozen Rather than Fresh ...

There’s no doubt that you’ve heard that buying fresh and local is a great way to ensure that you get the most nutrients out of your vegetables. While that is very true, it’s not always easy to do. Where I live, the farmers markets close down in the wintertime. I can still buy fresh at the supermarket, but those veggies have been on a truck for several days, which means some of the nutrient content has eroded. In this case, frozen veggies are a better choice since they are processed at their peak of freshness. Here are some that will save you dollars at the checkout and load you up with nutrients on your dinner plate.

1 Green Beans

Green Beans You can buy at least four servings of green beans in a bag frozen for under $2 in most places. On the other hand, fresh green beans can cost double that or more. Green beans are a versatile veggie that work great alone, but are also perfect for soup, casseroles and pot pies. A dab of butter and they’re perfect for serving with chicken or fish.

2 Asparagus

Asparagus There’s nothing better than fresh steamed asparagus, but unless it’s in season, you can often pay $4 or more for a pound of it. On the other hand, you can get a bag of frozen asparagus spears that will serve four or more people for less than $3 in many parts of the country. Asparagus is a great side dish for a steak and is a heavenly addition to quiche. Enjoy it without going broke by buying it frozen.

3 Spinach

Spinach Spinach is a powerhouse of nutrients. It has iron, calcium, fiber and antioxidants. It’s a no-brainer that it should be part of your healthy meal plan. However, a bag of fresh spinach can sometimes cost up to 3 or 4 times more than a box of frozen spinach. If you’re making a salad, stick with fresh, but if you’ll be cooking the spinach, save yourself some dough and buy frozen.

4 Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts This is one of my favorite vegetables. Sautéed Brussels sprouts are a great addition to a turkey dinner or a steak grilled on the barbecue. They also taste great shaved into a salad or steamed with lemon and butter. However you serve them, buy frozen. You can get the same amount for about half the cost and this is one vegetable where I truly don’t see a difference in flavor between the fresh and the frozen versions.

5 Mushrooms

Mushrooms Unless you plan to eat the mushrooms fresh, frozen ones will save you a bunch of cash. You’ll pay less than half for the frozen version than the fresh. Frozen mushrooms are great for soups, stew or sautéed to flavor burgers and patty melt sandwiches. I’m not a fan of raw mushrooms, so buying them frozen and saving some money just makes sense to me.

6 Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers I love to stock up on all the colors of the bell peppers so I can make fajitas, but they can sometimes run more than $2 each! On the other hand, I can grab a bag of already sliced mixed colored bell peppers in the frozen aisle for less than $3. Sometimes, they even have onions already added so I can make fajitas without all the slicing and dicing. Perfect!

7 Broccoli

Broccoli Steamed broccoli is one of my go-to side dishes when I make chicken or steak. It’s super easy and most people like it. A bag of frozen broccoli generally won’t cost more than $2, whereas it can cost twice that to buy enough to feed a family when it’s fresh. That’s because you get all that stem you aren’t going to eat, but have to pay for. There’s not a huge taste difference, so get it frozen and save the extra cash for a coffee or new nail polish.

What veggies do you buy frozen? How much does it save you?

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and I buy fresh green beans for round about the same price as the frozen ones

I love frozen veggies. I buy fresh as well. I also get sick of buying fresh veggies and that go old in a couple of days.

I must sound like a granny but wow I love fresh food - we don't have a freezer in my house lol. My parents practically grow everything on the farm, so everything's as organic as you get. Tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, pumpkin, peas, broad beans, rhubarb, asparagus.. That's only some of the many things that are in the veggie patch! We've got bucketloads of peaches atm and they make the house smell gorgeous - never tasted anything like them lol :D

I love this article! I buy frozen broccoli, stir fry veggies, Italian green beans, okra, spinach, seasoning blend (Pictsweet brand...has diced white onions, celery, red bell peppers and a bit of chopped parsley) and Cali blend. I eat a lot of veggies and buying them in bulk from a wholesale club is a great deal! A 5lb bag usually doesn't cost over $4.50

I don't miss the freezer too much these days, the only thing we had in there was bread, peas, and ice lol!

Fresh is always better than frozen for any vegetable and steaming vegetables is the best way to keep all nutrients in the veges. I don't support this post

I prefer frozen especially if u doing feel like going out in the cold weather

I buy both fresh and frozen, frozen is convenient already prepared cheaper and doesn't go bad so no waste. Yes fresh is best but it will all go bad in my fridge

Thank you.

I prefer fresh veggies as most frozen veggies have that "frozen taste" to them.

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