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There are a number of things to think about when cooking in this current recession. Buying expensive ready meals like canned and frozen meals or just eating out too often isn’t really the best way to go if you want to save some money. The smartest and healthiest thing you can do for your family is learn how to cook more foods from scratch. Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier than you might think. You’ll quickly see how much money you can save by using cheap, healthy ingredients. Below are some general points to consider before getting started.

Eat right: You can treat yourself occasionally with a balanced, wholesome diet that includes plenty of whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat pasta, dried beans, fresh fruit, and vegetables.

Eat Well: Learning to take everyday foods and add your own twist to them or perhaps give them a new twist to create delicious new dishes. Diversity is the spice of life.

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Saving in the supermarket: In times like these, this is more important than ever. Cut and compare coupons, watch out for special offers, buy in bulk, choose the generic brands for staples. Ask the people in your market for support – they are almost always willing to share their knowledge and advice with you.

Save Money by Minimizing Waste: With thoughtful preparation and storage, you avoid mistakes that lead to “throwing money in the garbage chute”. Something as simple as using leftovers can make a world of difference to your wallet.

Get the most out of your ingredients: You can take the simplest and toughest cut of meat and let it melt in your mouth with the right cooking method. Also, choose more unprocessed ingredients instead of always reaching for the “ready-to-eat” foods.

Furnishing the kitchen: In gastronomy this is called a “workplace” and that’s what it is. Having the right tools, utensils, pots and pans; Make sure your kitchen is comfortable, safe, and a fun place to create your next masterpiece.

By starting with these basic points, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying healthier, more affordable meals that you and your family will love. And by cooking with more raw ingredients, you can be sure of what your family is eating. I’m sure we would all be happier if our daily diet contained fewer preservatives and additives.

Thanks to Josh Paul

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