This is national canned food month and the time to stock up. I have been shopping sales and really stocking my pantry. I am working on going back to grocery shopping every two weeks instead of weekly. That requires a very well stocked pantry of goods, so I have been really cleaning and sprucing up my pantry. More on that later.
Okay, onto the two tips for the day:
First, never buy olives already chopped. You will pay about 1 1/2 times more for them prechopped.
Instead, cut up what you need and put the rest in the refrigerator. They keep a long time in there and then use them in your next recipe or toss in a salad.
Second money saving tip. I no longer buy tomato sauce. You get far more for your money with paste. I find a heaping tablespoon of tomato paste diluted with about a half cup of water equals the average small can of tomato sauce. BUT, what you have left is three more large tablespoons of paste. So to save them, scoop each one onto a plate and place in the freezer.
Once they are frozen, pop them into a plastic bag or container and keep frozen until you are ready to use the next time. For my easy Spanish rice I use one of these tablespoons and about a half cup of water to equal the tomato sauce called for.
For that and my other recipes you can check my recipe page.