Tom Kerridge’s top tips for saving money when cooking

You may not be serving up Michelin-starred fancy food to your family, but as Kerridge says, there’s nothing wrong with a good oldie. Here are Kerridge’s tips for jotting down before going to the supermarket.

Save money on cooking by trying different cuts of your favorite proteins

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

Make broccoli stems in homemade pesto

Kerridge suggests you cut down on waste by keeping your broccoli steps and making homemade pesto. Broccoli stalks are often thrown away because people don’t realize they are edible. But why throw it away? Simply chop and mix the stems with nuts or seeds, cheese, garlic, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon and you’re good to go. Check out Kerridge’s homemade pesto recipe here.

You decide when the food comes out, not the packaging

Kerridge says: “Always go by the dates, don’t throw away produce on the expiry date – you can be the judge of whether your food is safe to eat.”

Waitrose has actually rejected the no-before dates on more than 500 fresh food products to encourage customers to be the judge of when the food is off rather than the packaging.

Marija Rompani, director of sustainability at the John Lewis Partnership, said: “We want our customers to use our own judgment to decide whether a product is good to eat or not, which in turn will increase their chances of of being eaten and not going there. waste.”

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Get the discounts at the supermarket in the early evening

Supermarkets often reduce items in the early evening or late afternoon to replace foods that expire that day or the next day. The products will usually be marked with yellow stickers and you can get good food for a much cheaper price.

Each supermarket will vary in when they start discounting food, but once you have a rough idea of ​​when your supermarket does it, you can plan your shop around that. Some supermarkets will have a specific aisle for reduced food, so check your local one.

We know it’s a hassle and it seems like it takes a lot 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 will be less likely to be tempted to spend money on things you don’t really need.

Don’t overcook your meals for batch freezing

Kerridge says, “If you’re freezing your meals in batches, make sure you don’t overdo it with salt and pepper, as these spices get stronger over time.”

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

Save money on cooking by buying frozen fish

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

Make lists of any wasted food

“It’s helpful to make a list each week with the best-by dates before your perishables to avoid waste,” says Kerridge, “then make another list of your wasted food at the end of the week so you can reduce unnecessary amounts by 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. Large individual items are generally better value than multipacks, but check before you buy. The price by weight is usually printed on the product ticket under the product on the shelf.

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