SHOPPERS are shifting from fresh food to frozen in a bid to save money.
Making the change could slash around Â£1,000 a year from a typical family grocery bill, experts suggest.
More Than A Mummy blogger Vicky Smith says switching has helped her keep within her budget.
Here she shares her top tips so you can follow in her frozen footstepsâ.â.â.â
USE WHAT YOU NEED: With frozen meat and veg you can take out what you need one meal at a time, whereas with fresh thereâs a risk you wonât use it before it goes bad.
Separate items like chicken fillets and bread into individual portions, using freezer bags to avoid them sticking together, otherwise youâll have to defrost more than you need.
Make sure you wrap it properly so it doesnât get freezer burn. It would still be safe to eat it but might not taste right.
FIVE A DAY FOR LESS: Compare prices per kilogram between the fresh veg aisle and the freezer section.
In Tesco, a 900g bag of frozen broccoli costs Â£1 (Â£1.12 per kg), whereas fresh broccoli is Â£1.92 a kilo. But watch out for some exceptions.
Loose carrots are 45p per kg in Tesco, but a 1kg bag of frozen sliced carrots is more than double that at Â£1.09, as you are paying more for the prep.
MEATY SAVINGS: Weigh up meat and fish prices too.
A 2kg bag of mixed chicken portions in Sainsburyâs is Â£3.75, or Â£1.88 a kilogram, whereas fresh drumsticks are Â£2.25 a kilogram.
Frozen salmon fillets are Â£4 for a 360g pack, which is Â£11.11 per kg, or Â£16.67 a kilogram when you buy fresh.
NEWSPAPER TRICK: Use scrunched-up newspaper to fill the gaps in between food in freezer drawers.
This prevents warm air filling the spaces when you open the door and means your freezer wonât have to work as hard to restore temperature.
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