Is eating well costing you a fortune? Good food can be expensive and if you don’t want to live on prepared meals – no one does – then you’re going to have to make room in your shopping budget. Just think about how much cooking and eating well actually costs. You need to buy the equipment, use the energy to heat or cool it and of course the actual food itself. If you’re buying all organic produce that can easily cause the costs of good food to balloon. So, what’s the answer? Eat at McDonald’s for the rest of your life? Actually, there might be some clever ways to cut costs out of cooking and cheapen the deal on a great, sumptuous meal.
Growing And Producing Your Own Food
You might be looking at your food shopping list each week and sighing. If you’re tired of your shopping list heading towards the triple digits, why not think about growing your own produce. You can grow your own fruit and vegetables in your backyard, and if you do this, it’s completely organic. But rather than paying the extra cost for these products, you can save, simply by purchasing the seeds. The benefit here, of course, is that you know exactly how the products that you’re using in your dishes were prepared.
If you’re adventurous, you don’t have to stop there. Rather than just growing your own vegetables and fruit, you might want to think about getting some livestock as well. It’s not as hard as most people think to keep chickens for eggs, perfect for a cooked breakfast.
It can cost quite a lot in energy to cook a full meal for a four-person family. But there are always options on how to save. For instance, you can think about investing in a heat induction hob. While the additional cost is expensive, over time, this is going to save you a fortune. Suddenly, you’ll only be using the energy you need when cooking on the hob, rather than wasting most of it due to the certain shape of your pan. A heat induction hob, or cook top, only heats under the surface of the pan or the dish you’re using. They also look rather cool.
Or, how about going off the grid and using equipment designed for the self-sufficient living when cooking, like the Off Grid – Hand Crank Mixer – Food Processor, perfect for a busy, budget-friendly kitchen. With very little extra effort you can blend and process food without using any electricity at all, keeping your kitchen free from expensive electric costs.
Finally, you want to make sure that when you cook too much food you can freeze it. Then you have it to use it another day rather than wasting it. There are plenty of people who think that when you freeze food it loses some of the taste. I can wholeheartedly agree with this opinion…if you don’t freeze it properly. You need to use freezer bags to keep it airtight. That way, you’ll be able to keep the flavor and avoid the plain taste that plagues most frozen food.
I hope this helps you keep your cooking expenses under control while ensuring you still get a delicious meal each night.