I had always imagined that frozen vegetables are the better value in today's world. After all, don't cans contain a lot of water? When is canned a better buy than frozen?
- 48 cents for Walmart's can / 15.5 oz = .03 per ounce (including a small amount of liquid)
- 84 cents for Great Value frozen bag/ 16 oz = .05 per ounce
The results are deceiving. The canned corn is cheaper per ounce, but it's not the better buy:
Though each net weight is ~ 1 pound, the frozen package contains twice the food volume. Two cans of corn would cost 96-cents, or 12-cents more than the frozen bag.
The key is to consider one bag as TWO cans' worth. A good rule of thumb: cans 42-cents and under are cheaper than frozen, at least using the Walmart standard of pricing. This USDA article explains the quality and grading of both products.There are benefits to buying both: taste, nutrition, and shelf stability. Do you buy canned or frozen, and where do you find your lowest prices?
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