How Do You Make Home Cooking Cheaper and Easier Without Sacrificing Quality?

| 6/3/2009 1:16:00 PM

We're looking for reader tips on making home cooking easier, healthierless time-consuming and less expensive.

Do you have great ideas for making quick to-go lunches for yourself or your family? What about tips for bulk buying or making your own replacements for foods that people typically purchase pre-made and pre-packaged? Ideas for efficient family meal planning? Quick and easy healthy recipes? Bring it on! Just post your ideas to the comments section below.

9/1/2009 7:16:35 PM

I'm a college student so I don't have much money to spend and I have to cook for two people ( my self and my husband) for about $75 a week. We go to Fairway together with a menu plan and buy as much meat and veggies as we can afford. I than slice up all the meat into single meal servings and freeze it. Likewise, I also slice prepare all the veggies as well. Healthy cheap meals are a snap because all I have to do is defrost the meat the night before in the fridge and in the morning toss the meat, veggies and some seasoning into a crockpot before going off to class. I also bake my own bread on days I don't have class. It is so much tastier and cheaper to make your own.I use the article here for artisian bread in five minutes a day. It turns out very well. I also suggest the honey oat bread recipe here too!

7/27/2009 1:59:22 PM

I haven't bought bread in years. I make my own bread every weekend, then use it or freeze it. I always have bread available and I know what is in it. This time of year, I also make hot dog and hamburger buns and freeze them to have them ready. Again, I get to control what I put in them and keep it simple (ones in the store have too many ingredients including corn syrup). My freezer is also always stocked with meat. This year we raised a pig, so we have tons of pork/ham/bacon. We have also bought a 1/4 cow from a friend who raises beef cattle. We also have chickens and therefore fresh eggs and more meat. My garden is in full force and I am freezing and canning my own fruit and vegetables (don't forget saving seeds for next year). We can't wait for our apple and cherry trees to start producing fruit (still too young). Providing for my family in this way gives us better quality food as we know what we have or have not done to our food. We know exactly what we are eating

John M_2
6/29/2009 3:15:26 AM

Most definitely that would be our homemade “Kitchen Soup”! After saving and storing leftovers, odds and ends, loose veggies from the week and beginning my weekend cooking I dump most of everything into a large pot add a box of the store bought Chix or Beef Stock (if needed) add an equal amount of water and spices to spruce it up a bit. This not only eliminates wasted food, it saves us money, time and allows us to have several nourishing meals in the process. At times I have made too much but that I freeze and add to another batch and it’s ready in an instant when having “Pot Luck” dinners. At times I add noodles or dumplings.

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