Everyone is talking about rising food costs these days. With inflation at its highest in decades, those whose income has not kept pace, are having a harder time making ends meet.
As the rising cost of almost everything impacts restaurants, dining out has gotten much more expensive. From fast food to fine dining, the prices on menus keep climbing. Imagine the economic pressures felt by restaurant owners. The rising costs of rent, utilities, labour, deliveries, food and supplies leave these businesses with very few options but to raise menu prices, if they are to remain profitable.
Consider what your’re really paying for a restaurant meal with its additional taxes, tips and delivery fees on takeout. Is it any wonder that budget-minded consumers are developing an apetite for the cost saving benefits of home cooking.
In 2023, food-at-home prices are predicted to increase 8.0 percent. Food-away-from-home prices are predicted to increase 8.2 percent.
Being frugal in the kitchen has always been important to me. As a food writer, choosing recipe ingredients, and the way they’re prepared, often reflect this. As does the prevention of food waste with the inclusion of perfectly good leftovers or pre-cooked ingredients, in several recipes.
Apart from being economical, home cooking can be rewarding in many other ways. Try out new recipes and learn some new techniques. Perfect your favourite comfort foods for weekday meals. Taylor a recipe to the special dietry needs and tastes of your family. If this sounds like the plan for you, then dive into the recipes offered here.