Most grocery shoppers can relate to the frustrating feeling of cruising their cart down the aisles and spotting deal after deal on items they don't currently have the need (or space) for. It's hard to pass up produce when it's being offered at discounted prices, but you’re not saving money unless you actually make use of what you buy. Supply and demand results in seasonal foods being cheapest when they are most readily available and more expensive when they are out of season and therefore more difficult to obtain.
With a stand-alone freezer, shoppers can stock up on seasonal steals as they find them. There’s no need to worry about storage space – a stand-alone freezer will house all your goods until you’re ready to defrost them, with no imposition on your regular refrigerator/freezer. This means you can enjoy seasonal veggies any time of year. Summer favorites can be enjoyed in the winter and holiday treats can be eaten in July. The Frigidaire Convertible Freezer/Refrigerator allows consumers to save money by offering reliable space to keep fresh ingredients, while prices are ripe for purchasing. Here's what to buy and when:
Buying locally can help Southern California shoppers save even more on seasonal produce. We have the perfect climate for growing all kinds of fruits and veggies. In the spring months, look for citrus fruits like lemons, blood oranges and grapefruits. California-grown vegetables like asparagus, mushrooms, peas, broccoli, cabbage and carrots are also in season during these months. Basil is also a great commonly used ingredient that families can stock up on.
Late spring and summer are great times of the year for finding deals on berries. Strawberry shortcake doesn’t have to be a dessert reserved solely for warm summer nights and your family can awake raspberry muffins any time of year. Also be on the lookout for fruits like peaches, plums, cherries and apricots during summer. Fruits and berries can get pricey, so stock up on them when you see those sale signs and freeze them for up to six months.
Southern California-grown avocados are delicious in salads, sandwiches and guacamole dips and you’ll find them in season all throughout spring and summer. Southern California climes also produce crispy asparagus, corn and green beans during this time of year.
Fall (October—Mid December)
Fall harvests inevitably bring about seasonal produce that prove to be fan favorites. Fill your stand-alone freezer with your favorite veggies and use them in casseroles, salads, or as side dishes throughout the winter. Locally grown artichokes, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and celery are all in season during autumn. Many may also be surprised to learn that pineapple is a good buy September through December.
Another item to keep an eye out for in early fall is your Thanksgiving turkey. Prices on this prized holiday bird are much cheaper before the holiday season arrives. Since turkeys can be stored in your stand-alone freezer for six months, why not buy on sale in the early fall and have one more bargain to be thankful for at Thanksgiving? When it’s time to celebrate the holidays, transfer what you’d like to keep frozen to your kitchen freezer and set the Frigidaire Convertible Freezer/Refrigerator to its refrigerator setting. In just 24 hours, you’ll have an extra fridge in which to store all of your party drinks, appetizers and desserts.
Winter (Mid December—February)
Dates, chard, kale, cauliflower, turnips and yams are among many items most readily available during the winter season. If you don’t have your own vegetable garden to pick from in the summer months, consider stocking up on these items when costs are low in the winter.
When gas prices are down, you are naturally inclined to fill up your tank. Why not develop the same smart sense when it comes to food shopping? Buying foods in season may not have always been an option, without adequate and safe storing to keep foods from going bad. But with the Frigidaire Convertible Freezer/Refrigerator, you never have to worry about overcrowding your refrigerator, and you can finally take advantage of every bargain you see, even if you won’t need the food for another season or two.
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