Cooking is my second love. It is my second home where I relax and feel comfortable. Like writing, it’s something which comes out of me naturally and spontaneously. And I love to experiment and explore it whenever I can. Just love the whole experience of creating sumptuous dishes and surprising friends with my culinary skills.
Now before I go on and on about my love for cooking, let’s talk about the topic on which this post is all about.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the theme of my blog is money. In my last post, I have talked about the tricks to become a good financial writer and this post I’m going to share my take on how to save money on cooking. And in my next post also, I’ll be covering a new topic related to money but with a twist. Hopefully, you won’t be bored and can save some bucks as well.
5 Spicy tips to save money while cooking
Here are some spicy tips that can help you save money while cooking
1. Cook at low flame
No one loves to eat overcooked beef or burnt veggies. So whenever you’re frying anything, cook at low flame. Food will be cooked evenly and you can also save money. Cook beef (especially tougher cuts which are available at less) low and slow till it becomes medium rare. It will be moist in the inside and crisp in the outside.
2. Use easily available ingredients
You don’t have follow a recipe line by line and you don’t necessarily need to use all the ingredients. Substitute pricey ingredients with the alternate ones. For instance, there are some delicacies wherein saffron is added to enhance the color. You can skip this ingredient altogether and follow the other steps of the recipe.It would hardly make much difference unless you’re participating in Masterchef USA.
3. Use noodles to turn your leftover into a meal
Have a bowl of soup from your last night’s party? Don’t know what to do with it? Just chop some veggies, onions, bell peppers and tomatoes. Sauté them with noodles and add them into soup. You can even added boiled chicken cubes into it. You’ll have a yummy meal within 15-20 minutes.
4. Don’t throw away dried lemons
Lime is a great cooking ingredient. It can add a new life to your otherwise tasteless dish. But what if your lemons have dried? Should you throw it away? Nopes. Squeeze the juice and keep it in a container. Store it in the refrigerator. You can use the juice later.
5. Use leftovers for your lunch
Okay, I use this trick a lot. Whenever, I’m cooking dinner, I cook a little extra. I keep this extra food in a container and take it to office the next day. For instance, whenever I’m making salad, I make it little extra for lunch. Usually, I toss this salad with chicken and make a nice sandwich. And, let me tell you, it really tastes nice. Besides, I don’t have to wake up early in the morning to make my lunch.
If your meal is incomplete without a dessert, then always have a fruit in your refrigerator. My money saving tip will be to buy seasonal fruits. Just take it out after you’ve finished your meal. Sprinkle some sugar and add a dollop of cream on top of it. This is much healthier and cheaper than what you get at popular restaurants.
Have any more ideas in your creative mind? Share it with me and my readers. Would love to use tips to be a better Masterchef at my home.