Tom Kerridge’s top tips for saving money while cooking

You may not be serving your family fancy meals worthy of a Michelin star but, as Kerridge says, there’s nothing wrong with some good old grub. Here are some grocery tips to note before you head to the supermarket.

Save money when cooking by trying different cuts of your favorite protein

Consider trying different cuts of your favorite protein. You may find that you actually like them! For example, chicken thighs are cheaper than breasts and have a more intense, rich flavor.

Make broccoli stems into homemade pesto

Kerridge suggests you cut down on waste by steaming broccoli and making homemade pesto. Broccoli stalks are often thrown away because people don’t know they are edible. But why stick to it? Chop and mix the stems with nuts or seeds, cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and some lemon and you’re good to go. Check out Kerridge’s recipe for homemade pesto here.

You decide when the food is off – not the packaging

Kerridge says: “Whenever go by use by dates, don’t throw out produce before the best-before date – you can be the judge of whether your food is okay to eat.”

Waitrose has actually scrapped the best before date on more than 500 fresh food products to encourage customers to judge when their food has gone by rather than the packaging.

Marija Rompani, director of sustainability at John Lewis Partnership, said: “We want our customers to use their own judgment to decide whether or not a product is good to eat, which, in turn, increases the likelihood that it will be eaten or not. wasted.”

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Get an early evening supermarket discount

Supermarkets often reduce items in the evening or late afternoon to move food that expires that day or the next day. The products will usually be branded with yellow stickers, and you can get good food for a very cheap price.

Each supermarket has a different time when they start discounting food, but once you have a rough idea of ​​when your supermarket does it, you can plan your shopping around it. Some supermarkets will have an aisle specifically for lean foods – so scout out your local one.

We know it’s a slog and takes more time than it’s worth, but Kerridge says it’s important to write a shopping list. This will prevent you from looking at all the other aisles in the supermarket, and you’ll be less likely to be tempted to spend money on things you don’t really need.

Don’t over-season your food for batch freezing

Kerridge says: “If you’re freezing your food, make sure not to season too much with salt and pepper as these spices become stronger over time.”

So save the spices and salt for now – you can add them later when the food is all cooked on your plate!

Save money on cooking by buying frozen fish

Fresh fish is 35 percent more expensive than frozen, but has no added nutritional value, according to Kerridge. Go to the freezer aisle to get your fish and you’ll save money.

Make a list of any wasted food

“To avoid waste, it’s helpful to make a list each week with your best-before dates,” says Kerridge, “and then at the end of the week make another list of your wasted food so you can reduce unnecessary amounts in the future.”

Check how much the product costs by weight

When buying any type of food, the secret to saving is to check how much the product costs by weight. In general, larger single items will usually be a better price than multipacks – but check before you buy. The price per weight is usually printed on the product ticket below the product on the shelf.

Here’s our summer survival guide, which we’ll regularly update with new articles and tips so your kids don’t break the bank on summer fun.

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