Coupon clippers, “value menu” surfers, and pizza-night deal-seekers have it down to a ritual: they’ve mastered the practice of eating on a budget.
But eating well on a budget – that’s another art altogether for busy folks. Eating well means stellar ingredients, fresh finds, and satisfying meals.
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‘TWENTY DOLLAR, TWENTY MINUTE’ TIPS
Here are a few time-saving, dollar-stretching tips from Caroline Wright, author of the “Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals” cookbook:
- Store cheese wrapped in parchment or waxed paper, not plastic wrap – cheese that comes into direct contact with plastic wrap goes bad faster.
- Buy one each of the following, seeking out the best you can afford: olive oil, sea salt, and chocolate. They are invaluable in finishing up a great meal.
- Don’t store your spices next to your stovetop – keep them in a cool, out-of-the-way spot so they keep their flavor.
- Make inactive time in a recipe work for you. While you boil water for pasta or preheat the oven, move on to the next step.
- Make grocery lists to avoid picking up the stuff you don’t need.
- Buy a cast-iron skillet. They are satisfying to cook with, cheaper than other similarly heavy cookware, last forever (they make great family heirlooms!), and sear the best steak.
- Ask your friends to bring the wine!