Grocery Saving Tips From A to Z: Letter J

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We are continuing with our series on how to save on groceries — even if you don’t have a coupon!   These items below are things we need, and we purchase, even if we don’t have a coupon or one is never available.  Here are a few food items, beginning with the letter “J” which you can purchase in bulk when you find a great deal!

Beef Jerky is a great item to put into an emergency kit – as it has a long life.  Here is how you can extend it further

  • Do NOT freeze jerky
  • Keep in a cool dry place
  • Store bought can be good up to one year if not opened.
  • Homemade is good for 1 – 2 months in the refrigerated in an air-tight container or package.

Jams and Jellies are a great item to stockpile.  Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Store in a cool dry place.
  • If unopened, they can be good for up to 2 years (check date on packaging)
  • Once opened, most are good for one year after purchase.
  • If smell develops or color changes, do not consume.

Another great item for stockpiles is Jell-O.  Here are tips:

  • Refrigerated products are only good for the date on the package
  • Boxed gelatins are good for up to 18 months when stored in a cool, dry place.
  • It is not recommended to freeze as it will thaw with extra liquid.  If you need to make up ahead of time and freeze, use 1/2 – 3/4 of the recommended amount of water.

Jicama is a vegetable that many with which many people are not familiar. It is a rooty vegetable, similar to a Yam or Turnip.

  • It is good for up to 14 days uncut, in the refrigerator.
  • After that time, the starches turn to sugar.
  • It is not recommended for freezing.

Juice can be purchased in concentrate or bottled.  Here is how you can store yours:

  • Frozen concentrates can be good for up to one year – watch dates on the package.
  • Once frozen concentrates are mixed, they are usually good for about 1 week in the refrigerator.
  • Juice which is sold from the shelf (not refrigerated) can be good for up to 18 months in your pantry.  Just watch the dates.
  • If you opt to freeze bottled juice, it can be good for anywhere from 8 – 12 months – just remove about 1″ of juice from the bottle to allow for expansion.
  • Refrigerated juices are usually good for up to a week after purchase.
  • You can freeze refrigerated juices for up to 12 months – just remove 1″ of juice from the bottle to allow for expansion.


Make sure you check out ALL of the tips we’ve shared – just click the letter for the food you want to know more about!!

A        B        C        D         E        F       G        H        I

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