Many people find that the holiday season can be pretty tough on the wallet. From getting presents for your family and friends to stocking up on cold-weather clothes, it certainly would be handy to save a few dollars where possible during these months. This doesn't mean you have to skimp, though, especially if you have a money-saving FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer.
Purchasing your holiday foods ahead of time is a great way to find good deals, while also cutting down on the time you'll have to spend rushing around the grocery store and waiting in long lines at the checkout counter. Vacuum sealing your purchases helps ensure you're serving only the freshest foods to your loved ones. Here are a few items you should consider buying now, so you can save some money and time closer to the holidays:
Holiday baking brings even the most amateur bakers into the kitchen. But in October and the beginning of November, even seasoned bakers are taking a breather before the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is a great time to get ready for holiday baking by stocking up on brown, white, and powdered sugars, since prices will be lower because demand is lower. You can save the baking products until you're ready to bake, but you can even begin preparing your cookie dough ahead of time, as long as you store it properly in your freezer, and a vacuum sealer can help with that.
People know how much turkey and ham they'll be consuming within the next couple of months, so these particular meats aren't being purchased too much in the weeks preceding the holiday season. If you have the space in your freezer, consider getting your Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham now. They can keep in the freezer for months before you cook them, so if a sale is really good, consider getting a couple to make for dinner in the future, too, and using your vacuum sealer to store them.
Whether you've already eaten all of the fresh veggies you've saved in your freezer or you just want to make sure you have enough to feed all of your holiday visitors with delicious veggie side dishes, fresh vegetables are most likely to be on sale in the weeks leading up to the holiday season. Get those green beans for your famous casserole, potatoes for pancakes, or some corn because it goes with everything!
Not only does homemade cranberry sauce taste like perfection on a plate, but it's also easy to make ahead of time. Cranberries themselves freeze very well too, if you don't want to make your holiday sauce in October. Cranberries are at their peak from mid-September to mid-November, so they'll even taste better than berries bought closer to Christmas.
Whether you want raw nuts to give that nutcracker a workout or roasted nuts to use in your baking this season, now's the time to stock up on that supply. Most nuts can last a couple of weeks in their original packaging at room temperature, but when you vacuum seal them to store in the freezer or in FoodSaver vacuum seal containers to keep in the pantry, their shelf life increases exponentially. However, the star nut of the season—the chestnut—needs a little extra care. Keep chestnuts in their shells and store them in either your freezer or refrigerator if you buy them ahead of time.