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Saving on Vegetables: The Benefits of Cutting Your Own

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Vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, but buying pre-cut vegetables can take a big bite out of your budget. Did you know that you can save more than half by cutting your vegetables yourself? And that's not the only benefit. Read on to discover more!

Shelf Life and Food Waste

Pre-cut vegetables come with a "use by" (tgt) date, meaning you must use them before that date to ensure food safety. This often leads to food waste, as the vegetables can quickly become unpalatable and end up in the trash. By buying uncut vegetables that stay fresh longer, you avoid this waste, and that's already 100% savings!

Seasonal influences

Although pre-cut vegetables are usually stable in price, the price difference with uncut vegetables can be significant if you buy vegetables in the right season. Check out this comparison:

  • Mushrooms: €0.40 (uncut) vs. €0.80 (precut)
  • Cauliflower: €0.18 (uncut) vs. €0.55 (precut)
  • Iceberg lettuce: €0.12 (uncut) vs. €0.50 (precut)
  • Potato: €0.11 (uncut) vs. €0.17 (precut)
  • Carrot: €0.09 (uncut) vs. €0.33 (precut)

The Smart Choice

If you always buy pre-cut vegetables, you can save more than half by cutting them yourself. Also pay attention to the contents of the bags; cheaper vegetables like leeks and carrots tend to be used more than more expensive vegetables like zucchini. For those who want to combine convenience and budget, frozen vegetables or using a vegetable slicer are good choices. A vegetable slicer can help you cut vegetables faster and still retain the benefits of freshness and price. They are often cheaper or as expensive as fresh vegetables and do not need to be used within a few days.

Conclusion

Saving on vegetables starts with being aware of prices and seasonality. Cut your own vegetables and eat them when they are in season. This not only makes you kinder to your wallet, but also to the environment, thanks to a smaller carbon footprint. A win-win situation for you and the planet!

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