If you're like most students, the thought of having to cook all your own meals can be daunting. But once you get the hang of things and feel confident in the kitchen, cooking can become much more enjoyable (and cheaper!).
To avoid splashing out on expensive restaurant meals and takeaways, try planning out your weekly meals.
Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Stock up on basic cupboard supplies
Stock up on basic cupboard supplies. Pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes and other store cupboard staples are cheap and easy to cook with. Just add some protein (chicken, tuna, beans etc.) and veggies, and you've got a healthy and filling meal.
2. Start freezing food
One of the best things about cooking at university is that you can batch cook meals and then freeze them. This is a great way to save time and money, as you can cook a big batch of something and then have it ready to eat for weeks.
3. Planning out Your Meals
Planning is key when it comes to cooking on a budget. Make sure you know what you need and what you want to make before so you know what to get from the supermarket.
4. Set yourself a goal of trying to cook a new recipe every week
Set yourself a goal of trying to cook a new recipe every week. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just something you haven't made before. This will help you learn new skills and broaden your culinary horizons.
Another great way to save money on food is to cook in bulk. Make a big batch of something at the beginning of the week and then portion it out for individual meals.
One of the biggest challenges of student life is learning how to cook affordable meals. With the help of our top tips, you can make the most of your student budget and still enjoy delicious, healthy food.