Being vegan I am obsessed with trying to buy fresh fruit and vegetables and I also try to buy organic where possible, I personal notice as massive difference to be totally honest, especially in the taste! I think there are a lot of presumptions that are made about buying organic food, and also it can be so difficult but thinking about trying organic food? Then there are some amazing tips which I have for you to help you buy the best organic food that tastes absolutely amazing!
So what are my top tips to help you buy organic food but be able to stay on a budget!
- Shop in season – Buying organic fruit and veg when it’s in season gives you the best value for money. Organic fruit/veg has less pesticides and chemicals and also contains more key antioxidants. Eat Seasonably (http://eatseasonably.co.uk/what-to-eat-now/) does the hard work for you by listing all the fruits and veg that are best to eat right now. This week, try: blackberries, runner beans and courgettes.
- Buy foods in bulk – The cheapest way I have found is to buy foods in bulk, because honestly it makes a massive difference to the amount that you pay, for example fruit and veg you can easily freeze it! We freeze a lot of our food because it makes it last longer and it reduces our bill! It’s a win win situation.
- Take small steps – Not sure if you really want to try organic food? I personally found that the best way for me to start is through fruits and vegetables. You can look for the cheapest prices in your area to start off with, I started with mushrooms because you can get a pack of organic mushrooms for £1 and they were the best mushrooms we had ever had!
- Stock up on organic essentials – As they have a longer expiry date, organic store cupboard essentials can be great value. Items like organic baked beans, pasta and canned tomatoes are often be found for the same price as the same non-organic items.
- Look for deals online – Bag a bargain on a variety of organic foods, as prices are slashed throughout Organic September. Find out more about offers and promotions on organic products in September: https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/organicseptember/offers-and-promos/
- Plan what you’re eating for the week – This honestly makes a massive difference when it comes to the amount you buy, that way you don’t waste anything, you have a clear plan of what you want and it saves so much money!
So what are a couple of examples of it actually makes a massive dif
- Kallo Organic Very Low Salt Stock Cubes (vegan) £1. 20 v Knorr at £1.75 (organic 8.5% cheaper)
Clipper Everday Organic tea x 80 £2.60 v PG Tips x 80 £2.50 (organic is 5% dearer)
There are lots of foods that are similar in price including:
- – pasta
- – tinned tomatows
- – baby food
- – porridge own brand organic v non organic brands
- – jam
- – fruit
- – vegetables
- – snack bars
- – houmous
Soil Association Announces the BOOM Awards 2017
The Soil Association are delighted to announce this year’s BOOM Awards 2017, celebrating the best of organic food and drink.
The winners shortlisted are commended for being amazing businesses producing, processing, serving, selling and delivering fully traceable food as it should be.
The categories cover the breadth of the organic market from milk to nut butter to local cafes and shops. The awards also recognise the rising stars of the industry.
As well as the household staples such as milk, bread, pasta and chicken, the BOOM Awards will be highlighting many new food and drink products such as seaweed and nut butters in the Best New Organic Product Category. Some of the amazing shortlisted products include Plenish Organic Hazelnut M*lk, Matcha Green Tea – Sicilian Lemon and Naked Tofoo.
Organic food is everyday food. Organic food is available nationwide in over 8000 supermarkets, independent shops, box schemes, cafes and restaurants. It is not only fruit and vegetables that can be organic, it is everyday items like milk, bread, pasta, tea and meats too.
Clare McDermott, Business Development Director from Soil Association comments:
“We’re really excited for the BOOM Awards. With over 1,000 new products licensed with Soil Association Certification in the last six months we know that there is fantastic innovation within the organic industry.”
Clare continues: “Organic, is food as it should be, that means whenever you see the word organic you can be sure what you buy has been produced to the very highest standards. It means fewer pesticides, no artificial additives or preservatives, the highest standards of animal welfare and absolutely no GM ingredients. Making even the small changes to your shop can make a huge difference.”
This year’s BOOMbassadors is Rosie Birkett (aka Rosie Foodie); author of A Lot On Her Plate, recipe writer, food stylist and food journalist.
Rosie Birkett adds: “Organic food is something I am really passionate about, and I always try to cook and prepare my dishes with the best possible ingredients. There are now so many amazing organic foods on offer which are readily available to everyone.”
For more information on the BOOM awards visit https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/the-boom-awards-2017/
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