It’s no secret that when it comes to money, a lot of families struggle. When you’ve got a family to pay for, as well as the cost of household bills to cover, money can be incredibly tight. Which is why you are most probably on the lookout for ways that you can cut costs and save money. One way of doing this is to change how you cook and start cooking from scratch, as in making every single meal from scratch, from breakfast to dinner. Believe it or not, by making this one change you can make some incredible savings.
Fancy giving it a try and seeing whether cooking from scratch could really save you money? Then have a read of this for all the best tips and suggestions for making it quicker and easier to make your family’s meals from scratch.
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Prepare bases in advance and freeze
To make cooking from scratch easier, it’s a good idea to consider preparing the bases in advance. This means spending some time once a week – or even once a month – making up batches of different sauces, then portioning them up and freezing them. By making a tomato and basil sauce in advance, you can then use this for making lasagne or pasta bake. Make up a base for curries from tinned tomatoes and spices, and then when you need it, you can add the extra ingredients to it, such as coconut milk for instance. By making a cheese sauce in advance, you can then use this to make macaroni cheese or cauliflower cheese. By making up bases for sauces that you can freeze and then defrost as and when you need them, you can make cooking meals from scratch much easier.
Invest in your kitchen
If you’re going to cook from scratch, a slow cooker is a must. Having a slow cooker will make the process of cooking from scratch much easier as you won’t have to stress about cooking when you get home after a busy day, instead you can just chuck the ingredients into your slow cooker in the morning, set it to low, and then by the time you get home, dinner should be perfectly cooked. If you are going to be doing a lot of cooking, it’s also important that you have high-quality pots and pans to use. To find the best quality pots and pans, have a read of this stainless steel cookware review, and other reviews of recommended products so that you’re able to make an informed choice.
Make preparing ingredients easier
When it comes to preparing ingredients, to make the process easier a sharp set of good-quality cooking knives is a must. It’s also a good idea to use a food processor to make chopping up ingredients quicker and easier. If you don’t already have a food processor and want to speed up how long it takes you to cook from scratch, investing in one is a good idea. They might be pricey – or at least, the good quality ones are – but they’re more than worth the cost.
Cooking from scratch can save you a lot of money, so it’s something that’s worth getting into the habit of doing.
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