Are you looking for ways to save money in the kitchen? These six kitchen hacks will have you pinching the pennies without feeling like you’re missing out on good food in no time, and they’re easy to implement today too!
Cook From Scratch
By far, the best way to save money in your kitchen is to cook your dinners from scratch. Fall back in love with your kitchen by using it like it was intended and make healthier and cheaper meals for your family while you’re at it. To make sure your kitchen is set up ready for you to cook easily, check out granitetransformations.co.uk for some great kitchen makeover ideas.
Regrow Your Dinner
Did you know there are lots of vegetables that can be regrown in your kitchen? Onions are probably the easiest of all vegetables to regrow. Scallions just need a drop of water in a jar, and you’ll see them shoot green shoots in no time!
Invest In Boxes To Store Leftovers
What do you do when you don’t finish all of your meals in one sitting? Do you throw it out?
Stop with the wastage and package it up in a decent box (a nice plastic, glass, or metal sandwich box is fine) and pop it in the fridge for reheating later on. As a side note, don’t reheat food in the microwave if it’s in a metal container; decant it onto a plate or into a bowl first!
Grow Your Herbs
One of the biggest wastes of money that budding home cooks complain about is the price of fresh herbs. A nice sprig of fresh basil or fresh coriander can really boost a dish, but buying these in every time is really expensive.
Most common culinary herbs can be grown easily with not much than a pot, some dirt, and a sunny windowsill. Grow your own to save money, and you might even find new herbs you’ve never tried, too!
Measure Out Dried Food Correctly
Are you guilty of cooking enough rice or pasta to serve a small army and then having to throw it out because you’ve cooked too much? You’re not the only one, don’t worry, most people cook too much when it comes to dried foods because it’s so easily done.
Pick up a portion control accessory to ensure you’re only ever cooking just the right amount of dried foods for everyone at the table and save money on wasted food.
Boil and Stack Steam Your Veg
Some vegetables taste great boiled, like potatoes, carrots, and peas, whereas other vegetables are a bit more delicate and do better when steamed, like broccoli.
There’s no point in using extra electricity, water, or gas to boil some veg and steam others; put your boiling veg in a saucepan and buy a metal steamer basket to balance on top. The steam from the boiling veg will steam your veg on top, so you’re only using one hob at a time to cook at least two vegetable portions at once!