Buying Seasonally, and STRAWBERRIES!!
Since I'm an American living in America, that's where this post will be centered, but I hope you can make the adjustments necessary to make it useful to you in your country and hemisphere.=)
Eating seasonally is about more than simply knowing that strawberries are ripe in May and June, so they are cheapest then, and blueberries are in season in July, and the best time to find persimmons in the midwestern grocery stores is the fall, etc. According to this website: http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/strategic-shopping/:
Each advertising collective has its own month—e.g., January is National Beef Month. The National Cattleman’s Beef Association has chosen the month of January to promote eating beef. That means you can expect excellent sales on steak and ground beef in January.
So here's what to look for over:
- Memorial Day Sales
- National Barbeque Month
- National Hamburger Month
- National Salsa Month
- National Strawberry Month
- National Salad Month
This is a great month to stock up on condiments. You will find mayonnaise, catsup, mustard, barbeque sauce, steak sauce, and other such products on sale BOGO. Newspaper inserts start running coupons for these products in April. Hold on to your coupons, and use them for the BOGO sale. (Most stores will let you use two coupons when buying BOGO items.)
If you miss a sale, don’t worry. Such items will go on sale again during the next two months. But do note that the sales on barbeque and picnic items are typically better in May than in June or July.
If you purchase pre-made hamburger patties, May is the month to stock up on them. You can usually find sales up to 40 percent off.
May is the best time to make strawberry this and that. Next year, I want to put up some strawberry jam.
Keep an eye out for picnic items such as paper plates and plastic utensils. Around the summer holidays, you can usually pick these up for half price.
- National Dairy Month
- National Iced Tea Month
- National Seafood Month
- Adopt-a-Cat Month
We are now half way through the year, and the stores of butter you put in your freezer from last Thanksgiving are running low. Count of some excellent sales on butter and other dairy products. Buy enough to last until November.
Strawberries in our town are .99 a quart right now, so we've stocked up. We dehydrate them. The future mother in law of our daughter who is currently courting makes freezer jam. We also have made this 1911 recipe for strawberry shortcake, and we make strawberry 'soup' when it's hot outside (this is sooooo delicious and refreshing!).
Strawberry cottage cheese pancakes : You know how people will share a recipe for something that has no sugar and tell you it doesn’t even need sweetening? Or some food you usually top with butter is so rich that you don’t even need to butter it? I never believe it, either, but I am telling you, this is delicious plain, without any butter or syrup. It might be even better slathered with butter and a tall and cold glass of raw milk on the side, but it’s pretty tasty as is.
You can also make your own strawberry syrup for those, and other, pancakes.
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