The price of food can often be frightening and sometimes it is hard to keep up with rising prices. One way to reduce the impact and reduce costs is to go back to the stove and cook. Dig out those family recipes gathering dust on the bookshelves. Forget the ready meals and fast food instead cook fresh, local, seasonal produce. More often not than not this food is not only cheaper to buy but more nutritious and tastes better. With a little careful consideration, it is still easy to eat well and save money.
01 of 05
What better way to fill up than with a bowl of nourishing soup. Soups are quick and easy to prepare and can usually be cheap to make. Soups can be eaten as a starter dish, or with a heftier portion as a main course, especially if accompanied by crusty bread and butter.
Use seasonal vegetables keeps the costs down, out of season vegetables are usually imported and therefore more expensive.
When the Weather Warms up
02 of 05
Use Cheaper Cuts of Meat
Start using cheaper cuts of meat. They need longer, slower, cooking but so worth the effort. The prime cuts are and always will be more expensive.
Minced meat is also cheaper than finer cuts but so good. Making your own burger is so quick and easy to make and so much tastier than most store-bought ones. Or try two British favorites Shepherd's or cottage pie.
Sausages Are a Must
Great for cost efficiency are British sausages.
Rethink the Sunday Roast
03 of 05
Time to leave the phone on the hook and head to the kitchen instead. Take-away food is convenient but it is also expensive. Curry is one of Britain and Ireland's favorite take away and comes in many styles. Curry can also be made with meat, fish and very cheaply with vegetables and pulses.
04 of 05
Fish is healthy, is nutritious and an essential part of a healthy diet. If you are lucky enough to live near the coast finding fresh fish is easy and usually cheaper.
A good tip is to get to know what fish are in season and what fish is available where you live. A local fishmonger is your best guide. We ask my fishmonger for off-cuts which make a great fish pie.
And, of course, there is always fish and chips, not so cheap anymore but easy to make at home.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
An easy way to save money would be to cut down on desserts and puddings. But why? We all need a bit of cheering up and a sweet comforting pudding is one of the easiest ways.
One way to save money is to make the most of seasonal fruits for scrumptious puddings. Apples are cheap and plentiful especially autumn through winter. What could be more cheering than a warm apple pie or easier than an apple mousse. One of the cheapest puddings in the British kitchen is a classic bread and butter pudding.
Rhubarb is another lovely, cheap fruit that is cheap and available almost year round. Rhubarb makes a comforting crumble or a light rhubarb fool and becomes ultra-sophisticated as a jelly.