So, you’ve decided to go organic. Brilliant! It’s a healthy choice, both for you and the planet, but it may not be so good for your bank balance. Don’t despair, read our tips for cooking organically on a budget.
Buy in Bulk. Buying in bulk will keep costs down. Look for store-cupboard staples often available in bulk, such as beans, pasta, rice, flour, and nuts. Ensure you buy items that will keep for a good length of time, and bear in mind how much you can fit in your kitchen units.
Stock Up. Stock up on your favourite organic items when they go on sale. Try to keep your kitchen units organised so you can see at a glance what to look out for, when shopping. Or experiment with a new item that’s on special offer, and you may discover a new favourite.
Comparison Shop. Just like with normal supermarket shopping, you may be able to find less-expensive alternatives at different stores. Several supermarkets have their own organic brands, and the farmer’s market is a great place to sample new things.
Cook More from Scratch. Convenience equals costly. Buy organic items that are lower in price (such as fresh produce), and make your own dishes from scratch. If you’re current kitchen simply isn’t up to it then talk to Wren Kitchens about creating a culinary work-space to complement your organic lifestyle needs.
Shop in Season. Go to farm shops and farmers’ markets for the freshest, most-delicious produce while supporting local farmers.
Eat With Friends. Get together with some like-minded friends and each prepare an organic dish. This will add variety to your organic diet while keeping your own purchases down. Get together at the weekend and each bring a homemade dish, or arrange a food swap on a weekday to minimize cooking and maximize eating organically.