Home cook extraordinaire Rachael Ray might not personally shop for the ingredients that go into her 30-minute meals on TV, but the gabby kitchen pro has plenty of tips for stretching your dollar at the grocery store. CNN's chief business correspondent quizzed Ray about what it takes to get more with less, and here are the highlights.
- On making yourself a frozen food factory: "Stock up on lean meats and proteins, on veggies that you know your family likes and turn yourself into your own frozen food factory. Every time that chicken breast goes on sale, stock up. Go home, put it in individual storage bags, pound it out nice and thin. It's a quick defrost . . . Even with vegetables. You know, if broccoli is on a great price this week, buy a ton of it, go home, blanch it a little bit of salted water, cold shock it, put it in a plastic food storage bag, done."
- On whether or not she's a fan of leftovers: "Absolutely. But I don't think they should taste like the first time. You know, I'm all for cooking a big chicken and then making chicken chili, chicken pasta."
To see her advice about how to approach grocery shopping,
- On planning ahead to save money: "I think you've got to go into the store armed with a good attitude . . . and with coupons. And another really simple thing: When you go grocery shopping, do not look at the price on the product. Look at the unit price. Right there on the shelf, it will tell you the price per ounce or unit of measurement. And that's how you find your truest bargains."