Frozen Blueberries: Cheaper, same if not healthier than fresh

nature's touch - frozen blueberries
Nature's touch - frozen blueberries

Today’s hack about frozen blueberries is not going to be about fixing stuff in your household; rather it’s going to be about you making smart choices. Picking food while making sure you’re saving money and staying healthy at the same time.

I’ve specifically chosen blueberries for this article since both me and my wife always pick organic and frozen. This generally happens regardless of what season we’re in as we keep this type of food constantly in our diet. Studies show that freezing fruits preserves their nutritional profile for a significantly longer period of time Vs. regular, fresh.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I love fresh produce. However, fresh comes with a price which people don’t really understand. Fresh means products turn bad faster, hence the price tag is considerably higher. These being said, be resourceful and purchase produce while in the season, and buy frozen when you’re off-season. Do this and you will still get all the health benefits associated with eating them.

Alright, back to the matter at hand: frozen blueberries

I love Costco as you probably know, and I always pick Nature’s Touch wild organic blueberries. Price tag is really attractive: 4 lb go for around $12. These are grown and harvested in Canada and imported in the US. I’ve only seen them at Costco but if you see them or other comparable bag of frozen blueberries at your local store, feel free to comment.

Here’s how the frozen blueberries look like immediately after taken out of the bag:

frozen blueberries - fresh from the freezer

And here’s how they look 5 minutes later – I just prefer to let them warm up at room temperature and stay away from the microwave defrost:

frozen blueberries - room temperature

This entire pack of 4 lb costs roughly half the price of the same quantity of fresh blueberries and lasts longer, as I’ve said. By doing this plus other tweaks, I am able to save money significantly on a monthly basis, which allows me to put money aside for longer-term goals. In the same time, I also am making sure I get plenty of antioxidants from the wildest Canadian forests!

Money saved: ~$25/month

What other tricks are you guys doing to save money on food?