The next part of any grocery shopping trip for me is making the list. In this post I’ll show you two types of grocery list: The everyday list where you’re shopping for a week of food, like we planned last time, and the brand-new-kitchen list.
Last time we talked about recipe math and planning for leftovers. Today I want to show you how my grocery lists usually look:
As you can see, I arrange them by recipe (marked by *Title*) and then ingredient.
I also usually have a category for Staples which are things my husband and I have all the time for miscellaneous food.
I usually jot down this version of the grocery list while I’m picking recipes. It’s helpful to have the cookbooks out and work through them side by side.
However, I almost always re-write my list by store.
This is because G-free shopping is hit-or-miss at one location, especially on a budget. I find it extremely beneficial to go to multiple stores that I know carry what I want. For instance, Aldi.
I always try to get as much as I can at Aldi, because their “Live G-Free” line is fantastic and their prices are phenomenal. I usually get veggies, meats, fruit, coffee, eggs, milk, and as much frozen there as I can.
My next step is Walmart, because they are on average $0.50-1.00 cheaper than a traditional grocery store.
This always makes my last stop the normal local grocery, such as Jewel or Schnucks. These places will have higher prices, so I save them for the “I can’t find this anywhere else” items.
By organizing my lists by store, I can go in order from cheapest to most expensive and whittle down my shopping very efficiently.
If this is your first time setting up a g-free kitchen, here are my recommended staples:
I highly recommend going to Aldi first. And this list can/should be tailored to foods you are comfortable making.
Basics for a new G-free cook:
- Brownie or Cookie Mix (Live G-Free)
- Pancake Mix/toppings
- Cheese (Sliced or shredded)
- Milk or almond milk
- Orange juice
- ONE loaf of g-free bread for sandwiches (It goes bad quickly so one loaf is all you need)
- Fresh/Frozen veggies, some for sandwiches some for salads, some for cooking
- Fresh/Frozen fruit for snacking or smoothies
- Meats you are comfortable cooking (or vegetarian proteins if that’s your thing)
- G-Free pasta/sauce
Those items will feed one g-free person for a week. It won’t be overly exciting or varied, but it will feed a person. Those are also staples not recipe based. If you plan recipes before hand your food will go farther.
Next time we’ll talk about reading labels! One of my least favorite necessary hobbies.