Are you looking for places to tighten your budget? Well, look no further than budget cooking! Your food bill is a good place to save money and learning how to cook is a great way to trim the food bill. When you learn the basics of cooking method, you waste less food, you prepare better food at home and you can buy in bulk, which is another cost-saving measure. It’s simple to master these cooking techniques that will save you money – with just some knowledge, study and a little practice. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
Buy in Bulk
If you know how to prepare meat (chicken, beef, pork) quickly and efficiently, it makes sense to buy your favorite meats in larger quantities when they are on sale. Trim and prepare the meat, portioning it into serving sizes. Label and date each package and put each portion into the freezer. Now, when you are ready to prepare dinner some night, just take out a portion and prepare it using your favorite cooking method with your favorite ingredients. This budget cooking tip actually saves time AND money!
Celebrate at Home
Going out to a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion is always a treat, but it does have its drawbacks. For starters – if you want to enjoy a bottle of wine, expect to pay somewhere around 2 1/2 times as much as you would buying the same bottle at a store (and that’s before tip!) But… when you know how to apply basic cooking methods to great ingredients – you can create very high caliber meals right at home. And you can do this quickly, easily… and cheaply! This can also justify using the highest quality ingredients you can find and afford. You’ll still be saving money by toasting your occasion… at home.
Take the Whole Tenderloin – not just the filet
One of the nicest steaks you can prepare – especially on the outdoor BBQ grill – is the filet mignon. But even at the grocery store, this premium cut of beef comes at a premium price. So – I’ve got some great news for you! One of my favorite “chef secrets” is that breaking down an entire filet is actually much easier than most people think. I made a cooking video that discusses purchasing an entire tenderloin (at a much better price than just the filet) and learning how to prepare it yourself. This is still one of my best money saving tips!
The not so Obvious
It might seem obvious, but the best way to save money on your food bill is to eat less, right? Well, the actual truth of the matter is that most of what is cooked is not eaten and goes to waste. A great way to save money is actually to make less – not necessarily eat less. Portioning is a secret of basic cooking method and a great way to save money. This is because most home cooks over-produce food rather than run the risk of running out of food, which everyone hates to do. However, if you portion correctly on the preparation side, you will save money and have another added bonus: proper portioning also ensures you will not have to even worry about leftovers. So you’ve solved another common budget cooking dilemma – what to do with leftovers? There won’t be any!
Once you’ve mastered a few basic cooking methods and simple techniques for preparing great food, you’ll find it to be a very simple and rewarding way to incorporate budget cooking into your frugal lifestyle.