Smart Shopping 4: 3 Kitchen Appliances That Cut Down Food Waste and Save You Money

In our fourth installment of Smart Shopping, Carissa talks food waste in the home, and small ways to beat it.

Before we get into the fun kitchen appliances that save you money, let's talk about for food waste for a second. You may have already read some of our posts on the amount of food that goes wasted, but in case you haven't, here's a little rundown.

It's estimated that one-fifth of our food is wasted. Tossed out leftover food, spoiled meat and produce, and not utilizing all our scraps are all guilty culprits. Our own problems with portion control are even contributing to food loss. So what can we do about it? One answer to consider is new home appliances that save food in the kitchen.

No matter what you eat, food wasted means money wasted. We spend so much time shopping around various grocery stores for deals, that we often forget that our own cooking habits in the kitchen can contribute to saving. By purchasing a select few kitchen appliances, you can reduce food waste and save some money.

Now, you may be thinking that forking over money for a few new kitchen appliances aren't in your budget. I hear that. But consider your eating habits. Are you prone to overcooking food and having to toss out unsavory burnt meals? Do you wish you could extend those use-by dates? What about your garden or wild game - are you looking to make that bounty last longer?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it's worth at least considering these three kitchen appliances. From not having to worry about overcooking food, to preventing spoilage, to extending shelf life, these appliances can save you food - and money.

1. Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker



Nothing is worse than over cooking an expensive cut of meat or charring a carefully selected sustainable fish filet. By investing in a sous vide appliance, you can cook your food to perfection every time.  If you want restaurant quality in your home kitchen, then opt for the Anova  Sous Vide Precision Cooker. From meats to veggies, the Anova Sous Vide evenly cooks your food without you having to worry about overcooking.

The Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker cooks food to the exact temperature desired - meaning no food goes to waste. Simply clamp the appliance to the side of your pot, and watch as it heats and circulates the water to the precise temperature to cook your Ziploc or vacuum sealed food. And with the Bluetooth plus Wi-Fi option, it just got even easier.

This second generation 900 watts Wi-Fi sous vide has a user-friendly interface that allows you to set the time and temperature. With the added bonus of Wi-Fi, you can control the start and stop from your own phone thanks to the Anova Culinary app. This means less time in the kitchen worrying about cooking and more time relaxing.

For just under $200 with Amazon Prime, you can get the Anova Sous Vide appliance that saves your mouthwatering meal from becoming food scraps.

2. FoodSaver 4440 Vacuum Sealer


Along with your new Anova Sous Vide, a vacuum sealer should be next on your list. Why a vacuum sealer? It not only provides easy prep when it comes to cooking sous vide, but it extends the shelf life of your food by preventing spoilage due to bacteria. If you're worried about expiration dates, store food with a vacuum sealer. While there are many options out there, the FoodSaver 4440 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System is among the most sold on Amazon.

The FoodSaver 4440 is an all-in-one unit that vacuum seals bags, canisters, and containers thanks to its retractable handheld sealer option. With the automatic bag detection, you can seal food in two easy steps. It comes with a built in roll cutter so each bag is sized to your needs with the press of a button. There is also a wet/dry seal option, meaning you get a perfect seal no matter the food item. So that way you don't have to worry about oxygen seeping in and allowing your food to go bad.

This vacuum sealer runs around $135 on Amazon and comes with a starter kit in case you've never sealed before. With the FoodSaver 4440 you can extend the shelf life of your food, prevent freezer burn, and save money when it comes to your grocery budget. For anyone looking for a way to store perishable food longer, the FoodSaver 4440 is the answer.

3. All American Pressure Canner 921


Whether you received a bounty of excess garden fresh produce or are looking to preserve a batch of your favorite fruit butter, canning can do wonders when it comes to saving food. Not just any canner will do, however. You want a product that you can trust with the reliability you need. In this case, you need the All American Pressure Canner 921.

The top of the line hand-cast aluminum All American Canner has a simple design that is easy to use as well as reliable. It comes equipped with a precise pressure gauge with an automatic pressure release with settings at 5, 10, and 15 psi. The user friendly metal clamp locking mechanism provides a steam-tight seal for the easy on-off cover. That means you don't have to worry about replacing gaskets that break or burn.

While there are several sizes to choose from, may we recommend the 21.5 quart canner. The 21.5 quart canner has the capacity to hold 19 pint jars - or 7 quarts - allowing you to prepare large quantities as well as inexpensive meats cuts in a relatively short time period.

The 21.5 quart canner will run you just under $260 with Amazon Prime - with prices varying for other sizes. That's a bargain given you can rest assured that your product won't result in faulty canning. Ease, durability, and reliability, the All American Canner is the canner of choice.

Did we mention it's also made in America?

In the long run, each one of these kitchen appliances works to your advantage. Think about all the food that you waste because the used-by date is expired or have tossed out due to freezer burn. The vacuum sealer can solve that. And all those meals that were tossed out because they were too done to eat? Sous vide can eliminate that issue. Then there's my favorite, the canner. Stocking pantries for emergencies and prolonging food shelf life, the canner can do wonders to save food and money in the kitchen.

If you are serious about cooking and saving, consider how each one of these appliance can help you in the long run. The use you get out of it is worth the dollars you wind up saving.

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