Money Saving Tips for the Kitchen
Saving Money in the Kitchen
Would you like to learn some ways to save money in the kitchen? I am always looking for tips and tricks to save money, with things getting tighter and tighter we all need to be a little thriftier. It really doesn’t take much to learn how to save some dough in the kitchen and still have great meals for the family. You can learn to alternate your household appliance usage, change your shopping habits, and make good use of those leftovers.
You can save energy by:
• Replacing old refrigerators, freezers, and electric stoves, as these tend to use more energy than the newer ones. Did you know that your appliances use up to 30 percent of your home energy?
• Replace your electric stove with a gas one, they are more energy efficient.
• Look for high quality thermo-conductive pots and pans.
• Be sure to always put the pot or pan on the right size heating element, and don’t forget to use a tight fitting lid.
• Use residual heat by turning off the heating element about 5 minutes before whatever you are cooking is done.
• Pressure cookers can save you up to 30 percent of the energy that is used by a stove top cooking.
You can also cut food cost by following a few simple steps.
• Try not to let foods spoil. You can freeze leftover gravy and sauces in an ice cube tray. Learn how to make purees, jams, smoothies, or compotes from fruit. Brown hamburger and freeze it for later.
• When you go shopping remember the cheaper cuts are just as good as the more expensive, you only need to let them marinate or cook a little longer to make them tender.
• Do you have some leftover wine that has gone to vinegar? You can use that in for cooking, and use flat mineral water for making tea.
• Pre-cook twice the amount of potatoes and pasta that you need so in a day or two you can warm them up and serve them in a soup or casserole.
Also, there are alternatives to the more expensive things in the kitchen:
• Instead of using roux (a paste of butter and flour) to thicken your soups or gravies use potato water.
• Don’t buy a whole carton of buttermilk for a recipe use 1 tablespoon of vinegar, or lemon to a little less than 1 cup
• No cream in the house for making sauces? Substitute condensed milk or coffee cream, note that these will not work for whipped cream
• You can make fruit yogurt by adding a spoonful of jam to plain yogurt.
• Preserved fruit makes a great cake topping.
• Use almost any kind of nuts for pesto including walnuts and almonds.
• Need confectioner’s sugar? You can turn granulated sugar into confectioner’s sugar with a coffee grinder of a spice mill.
• Bread crumbs on casseroles can be replaced by ground nuts.
• Make a funnel from a plastic bag, by cutting off one corner.
• Plan you meals around the grocery store specials.
• Track your spending for a month to see where your money is going and modify your behavior accordingly.
• Stocking up is better for your wallet, when things become expensive over the winter months you can pull berries out of the freezer that you froze in the middle of the summer.
• Buying unsliced cheese or bread will ensure that it stays fresher longer.
• Remember that prepackaged foods are always more expensive, sometimes up to 50% more.
Velzipmurn aka Shelly Wyatt
Shopping should be done logically; when you do this you will save yourself time and money. The first thing you should do is make a detailed shopping list, this will reduce your chances of spending too much money on other things you may not need or making impulse buys.
Planning your purchases
• Always have a shopping list, as soon as you see that you are out of something put it on a list , so you don’t forget it when you go shopping.
• Make a meal plan for the coming week so you can purchase what you need, buy only the necessary items, but be flexible.
• Incorporate any store specials into your weekly menu.
• Never shop when you are hungry! This will increase your chances of an impulse buy.
• Choose the generic brand when possible they are the same as the brand name but cost less.
• It is usually cheaper to buy the larger packages; I will bring them home and divide things into smaller containers.
• Buy in bulk and separate into smaller packages.
• You will generally find the less expensive items on the bottom or lower shelves.
• Remember that the term Grade A does not apply to the nutrition of an item only the appearance and size of the goods.
• Do not buy foods from a freezer that has a coat of ice, there is a good chance the food will have freezer burn.
• Do not buy dented cans
• Do not buy dairy products with bulging lids, they could be spoiled
• Fish is fresh when the eyes are bright, and clear with bright red gills and shiny moist skin
• Beef should be a vibrant red, pork should be pink.