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Maximize Your Grocery Budget This Fall With Seasonal Bulk Food You Can Pickle, Can & More!

September 18, 2020

Fall is the canning season, and what better way to help stretch your grocery dollar than preserving the season's bounty? Buying in bulk lets you take advantage of wholesale produce prices, while having extra ingredients left over to preserve, pickle, and can. 

Our bulk food shopping experts share preserving tricks and delicious recipe ideas! 

Can Shopping at Bulk Food Stores Help You Save on Grocery Costs? 

We all want to reduce our grocery costs and save more. Looking for creative ways to stretch your food budget this fall? Good news, you can purchase your favorite fall foods in bulk and not have to worry about spoilage! 

Preserving produce and meats helps extend the life of your wholesale groceries. Plus, jams, pickles, and jerkies make great holiday gifts. So, stock up on products from your bulk food store and preserve those fall flavors for seasons to come! 

What Kinds of Fall Food Can You Buy in Bulk to Preserve? 

You can easily pickle, dehydrate, and can just about anything. All it takes is some basic equipment and a few recipes under your belt. If you are new to canning, pickling, and preserving, we share the basics below. 

Creative Canning Ideas

Before you decide to can, it’s important to know there are two different canning methods, water bath and pressure canning. The type of canning method you use depends on the ingredients  you’ve chosen. 

Low-acid foods like whole vegetables and meats require pressure canning. High-acid foods like fruits, pickles, and chutneys work best for water bath canning. You can find countless fall fruits and vegetables at your bulk food stores that are perfect for canning, but here are some ideas to get you started: 

  • Apples: Easily can sliced apples and use them later for pies, pastries, and more! Add a little citric acid and you can employ the water bath method. Apple butters and applesauce also lend themselves well to canning.  
  • Corn: Canning corn is a fantastic way to lock in that fresh corn-on-the-cob flavor. It will require pressure canning, but the results are worth it! 
  • Cranberries: Stock up on fresh cranberries from your wholesale grocery and make cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, and cranberry jam.  
  • Squash: Fall squash and pumpkin are delicious when canned. You can cut the squash into pieces and preserve them using a pressure canner or make purees, pie fillings, soups, and more.  

Proper Pickling for Zesty Flavors

Cucumbers are top of mind when we think of pickles, but a variety of veggies, and even fruit, can be pickled to extend the longevity of your bulk produce. Pickling vegetables, and even fruit, extends the longevity of your bulk produce. Toss them in a salad, add them to a cheese board, and even use them as a brunch cocktail condiment

Check out these zesty recipes:  

Get creative with your pickles and feel free to experiment. If you are new to pickling, there are some basic recipes you can follow, then branch out once you get the hang of it. While you are visiting your wholesale store, you can pick up your pickling essentials. 

Build your own pickling kit from your bulk food store!  

You’ll need:

  • Mason jars in all sizes 
  • White and apple cider vinegar 
  • Sugar 
  • Black peppercorns 
  • Salt 
  • Dill seed 
  • Mustard seed 
  • Allspice 
  • Ginger 
  • Cinnamon 

Delicious Dehydrated Treats 

  • Dehydrating fruits, vegetables, and meat can really stretch your grocery dollar. What’s more? You don’t have to invest in an expensive food dehydrator to get the job done. Your home oven works perfectly to make fruit chips, jerky, and a slew of other tasty treats. Not sure where to start? Take some inspiration from some of the items found at your wholesale grocery supply store: 
  • Beef Jerky: While there are lots of methods to stretch your meat budget, turning thin cuts of beef into jerky is a terrific way to get more out of your grocery dollar. Whip up your favorite marinade and pop the strips in the oven for easy, homemade jerky. 
  • Kale Chips: Fall is a perfect time to get your hands on some hearty, leafy greens. Kale chips are easy to make, a healthy alternative to potato chips, and a smart way to keep your greens from spoiling. You don’t have to stop at kale chips. Dehydrate other greens like collards, beet greens, chard, and even bok choy! 
  • Fruit and Vegetable Crackers: Looking for a gluten free option for your meat and cheese boards? Dehydrating fall fruits like apples and pears, and root vegetables, make a great cracker alternative. You can also break the chips into smaller bits and add to trail mix. 
  • Mushrooms: Fresh mushrooms are abundant in autumn. You can stock up, dry out your favorite fungi, and save them later to use in everything from soups, rice pilaf, pasta sauces, and more. 

Looking for More Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Budget? 

Smart Foodservice offers affordable high-quality meat, produce, dairy, spices, baking ingredients, and much more. Whether you are feeding a small household or a large family, you can take advantage of our competitive prices. 

Smart Foodservice has partnered with trusted third-party grocery delivery services so you can have wholesale deals delivered right to your door! Chances are, there’s a Smart Foodservice store in your neighborhood. Search our locations and find what you need at the prices you want.

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