Try Cooking from Scratch For Savings and Health
Let’s face it — groceries aren’t getting any cheaper and many of us are feeling the pinch. If you’re like me, you do whatever you can to save money on your grocery bills and, one easy way of doing that is by cooking from scratch. I know it sounds intimidating and painful, but cooking from scratch is a simple way to drastically cut down on your monthly grocery bill and can even improve the health of you and your family.
Remember Grandma’s Home-Cooked Meals?
Just a few decades ago, cooking from scratch was incredibly common. High- priced packaged items and so-called convenience foods were practically unheard of — and modern-day takeout was not even on the radar. Then times started changing, families became busier and free time didn’t just become a luxury — it became a rarity. Nowadays, families rely on convenience foods to help them get through their busy weeks. Unfortunately, convenience foods can be quite expensive and may put a huge dent in your weekly grocery budget.
Cooking from scratch can provide the perfect solution for concerned consumers who are trying to limit their spending. Fortunately, cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be inconvenient. With a few quick tips and tricks, you can enjoy meals that are homemade and save money in the process without having to spend hours in the kitchen.
Make Cooking From Scratch Work For You
The next time you make vegetable lasagna, make a double portion. If you are going through the trouble of messing up your kitchen and dirtying dishes, a double portion really doesn’t add much work. Serve the first portion for dinner and then freeze the second helping. That way, you can just heat up the second portion and enjoy homemade lasagna when you are too busy too cook.
You may want to plan a long weekend day to prepare meals that you can freeze in advance for the following week. This way you can take advantage of the cost savings of cooking from scratch without inconveniencing yourself when your family is busy during the week.
There are certain ingredients that you should always keep on hand if you want to make cooking from scratch easy and convenient. Keep extra flour on hand. Make sure your pantry is stocked with several different spices and seasonings. Keep enough rice on hand too since it is a staple that can be used in a lot of different meals.
While the time spent in the kitchen may be more than you’re used to, it will definitely pay off in the long run. Try cooking from scratch if you want to save money and enjoy healthier meals while you’re at it.