Extending the Life of Foods From A to Z: Letter G

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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 “G” which you can purchase in bulk when you find a great deal!


You can easily store grapes when you find a great deal:

  • Grapes are good for up to a week after purchase.  Keep them in a perforated bag and do not wash until ready to consume.
  • Freezing grapes is simple.    Wash and remove the stems.  Warm about 2 3/4 cups of sugar and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil, cool the syrup and pour it over the grapes and then freeze.
  • You can also freeze grapes without the syrup to use for snacking or to use in jams/or jellies — just wash and remove the stems and freeze.
  • When frozen grapes and last up to one year.
Canned Green Beans have a shelf life of up to 18 months unopened.   However, check the Best if Use By Date printed on the can for optimum freshness.
Fresh green beans can be easily stored
  • Consume within 5 days from purchase.
  • You can freeze them by washing and removing the stems.  Blanch them (drop in boiling water for 3 minutes) and then drop into ice cold water immediately.  Dry and place into freezer bags or storage containers.
  • Frozen beans can last anywhere from 12 – 18 months in the deep freeze.



When it comes to ground beef, you can absolutely buy in bulk and save!

  • Ground beef should be cooked within 1 – 2 days from being placed into your refrigerator.
  • Freeze it immediately after purchase in freezer safe bags or containers.
  • If you purchase in bulk, you can break into smaller sizes (i.e. 1 lb packages).
  • If you plan to freeze it for longer than 2 months, wrap in foil or heavy duty wrap/containers to prevent freezer burn.
  • When frozen, it can last 3 – 4 months (sometimes longer).


Grits can be purchased and stored in a dry, cool location for up to one year.  Just make sure they are stored in an air tight container or baggie.

Make sure you check out all of our tips for saving at the store — just click on the letter below to learn more!

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