Showing posts with label Top Tip. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Top Tip. Show all posts

Things to Remember When Working with Food

If you work in the food industry or simply enjoy cooking from home, you will already be familiar with many of the necessary procedures and precautions that you must take when working with food. Cleanliness is of the utmost importance.  People are going to eat the food you cook and so you have to make sure that you aren’t going to accidentally poison someone in the process.  Here are some vital things to remember when preparing and cooking food:

Washing hands in kitchen sink

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Wash your hands
The first thing and the most basic of these steps are to wash your hands before handling food. This is important to avoid the spread of bacteria onto food.  If you take a moment and think about everything you have touched throughout the day, you will realise that you have probably encountered numerous bacterial substances such as bins, toilets and pets etc. Use warm water and soap and clean them thoroughly beforehand.


Eating Frugally Doesn’t Mean It Has to Be Beans on Toast

We all love to eat well but that doesn’t mean we can all afford to eat out very often. Cooking from scratch at home is the way forward when you want to eat good and tasty meals for less.

However, many people get stuck in their ways when it comes to meal planning, especially if they’re not particularly creative or daring in the kitchen. Making just a few changes to the way you approach cooking at home can make it easier to serve up interesting meals and save money at the same time. Read on to find how to do that.

Beans on Toast

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Try Out New Recipes
It can be hard to move away from the regular recipes that you know how to make and branch out into cooking new dishes. And often, when you look up a recipe it calls for one or more ingredients that you don’t have in the cupboard or fridge, and many celebrity chef recipes feature expensive ingredients that may not fit with your household budget.


Save Money on Supermarket Shopping

Now, it has to be said since we all have to eat, it's fantastic to be able save money on food, but of course we also want it to be good food.  There aren't really any veg markets nearby that are convenient to go to as they would almost certainly be cheaper than in a supermarket.

Aldi have just opened a store near us so yesterday I popped in to see what it was all about.  I'm not going to talk about anything other than vegetables since that's all I bought, but I was amazed at how good the quality is, and just how cheap it is compared to other supermarkets.
Just as an example this is my shopping:

Fruit and Vegetables

Items listed below marked with a star had 30% off and that price is shown in the cost I've given.  Now they were in first class condition and didn't appear to be 'sell by that day'.  I say 'they didn't appear to be' because the odd thing is I can't see any sell by or best before dates on any of the items.
*Stew pack containing a swede, parsnip, carrots and onions weight 1.5kg - cost 97p
*Net of 4 good sized onions - cost 89p
*Pack of 3 mixed bell peppers - cost 99p
*Celery - cost 48p
*Pack of 3 Leeks - cost 62p
*250g Chestnut mushrooms - cost 62p

Total Cost was just £4.57
The cost before the 30% reduction of some items would have been £5.11

Compare this with one of the top big supermarkets in the UK, I added the same items to my 'shopping basket' online......
However, there was 1 onion less (they sell them in packs of 3 not 4) and 0.5kg less veg in their stew pack.  As you can see the total cost came to £7.55
Please note although it says 'guide price' this was the actual price as all discounts had been taken off - it always says guide price as it's not sure if you want it delivered or are going to pick it up or if there are any other discounts to be applied - in this case there wasn't.


Total Saving on this small amount of shopping was £2.98
So, it just goes to show with a little shopping around you can save money.  Do you have any Money Saving Tips for Supermarket shopping?

Disclaimer:  I was not approached by Aldi to write this post, I just felt it would be informative news to share with my readers.
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