Food blogger Caroline Blight from The Happy Food Kitchen, where she posts quick, inexpensive family meals, says, “Food and gasoline prices are at an all-time high currently and likely to grow further, so it is crucial to take a minute to work out how to drive down those expenses.” “The most effective strategy to save money is to reduce food waste. Food waste is equivalent to financial waste. Some people think using a meal planner is the best way to achieve this, while others like to shop online to avoid making impulsive purchases. For my part, I prefer to look at the deals at the grocery store first before choosing our meals so I can get the greatest deal.
Additionally, Caroline adds, “Having a ‘random’ or ‘use up’ supper each week with all the leftovers may actually be enjoyable – scraps of cheese, the occasional slice of ham, and the last of a bag of oven chips combined with jars of pickles and crackers can be a meal in itself.” Here are the finest culinary hacks to make cooking easier and help you save money on food, including how to turn one dish into another, make simple homemade cheat’s ice cream, and extend the shelf life of a cake.
Avoid throwing out bread, cheese, ham, or chicken that may not have much life left in it. Have you seen a loaf of bread on sale but are currently out of bread? Make sandwiches using it that are already prepared. Did you realize that you could freeze plain sandwiches? On buttered bread, you can pre-make and freeze sandwiches with cheese, jam, peanut butter, ham, or chicken. Though you can’t add mayo or salad, Caroline notes that mustard, chutney, and pickles all work well.
“Before freezing, wrap and label them, then put them in a lunchbox the night before or even first thing in the morning. The cheese variety can also be heated directly from the freezer for toasting.
Make Twice as Much and Freeze Half
Cooking everything at once can seem incredibly time-consuming and overwhelming, but it also saves on fuel, which makes it a wonderful way to save money. Make it simpler by developing the practise of simply cooking twice as much as you need, which typically doesn’t require spending a lot more time slicing,” advises Caroline.
“Foods like Bolognese, stews, curries, and pies freeze incredibly well, so just follow the rule of “eat one, freeze one” and you’ll soon have a tonne of options in your freezer. Additionally, you may simply browse your freezer on busy days rather than ordering takeout or purchasing a ready-to-eat meal. Or you could just have the extra meal with different sides the next day to mix it up.
Fill Your Oven to The Top.
Never use your oven with just one thing in it; always have food ready for it. Therefore, if you’re using two or three shelves to prepare dinner, you might as well make a pan of flapjacks or roast some vegetables for tomorrow. By using all the capacity to prepare food for multiple meals, you use your oven less frequently and save money on fuel, advises Caroline.
Use a Potato Peeler to Grate Chocolate.
Make much more of that chocolate in the refrigerator than just devouring it whole (a tough ask, we know). A clever little trick for curling chocolate is to grate it with a potato peeler. You can then use the curled chocolate to make milkshakes, baked goods, decorate cakes, and other delicious goodies.
Use a Spoon to Peel the Ginger
Are you accountable for cutting off the ginger and losing half of the rind? The next time you add ginger to your curry, peel it using a spoon instead of a knife for more ginger for less money and less waste. A favorite food trick of ours.
Create Your Own Buttermilk in
You no longer have to get buttermilk from the grocery store each time you bake. This clever trick demonstrates how easy it is to create buttermilk at home. All you need is milk and lemon juice, and this is a terrific way to use them both up before they expire without wasting anything.
Prepare Real Chocolate for Hot Chocolate.
The actual thing is far tastier than cocoa powder, so there is no need to spend your hard-earned money on it. You can make your favorite chocolate bar into a warm, decadent hot chocolate at a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay in a café (it costs £3.45 per serving at Costa Coffee, which may add up quickly if it becomes a regular habit).
Use a flavor-infused syrup (which lasts for a very long time) and squirty cream on your hot chocolate before topping with a biscuit for a deluxe treat that will cost about a fifth of what one would cost in a takeaway, advises Caroline.