Basically, I've found that I can save alot of money by not eating out, and by not purchasing prepared foods. Having a Pressure Cooker (and lots of jars) on hand, really tips the scale in my favor, if I put it to effective use.
Even if I take the financial part of the equation out, just for health reasons, I feel that preparing your own food from scratch is preferable.
I prefer to hold my meals to a high standard, you won't catch me eating reconstituted ramen with MSG seasoning in even the toughest of times.
There's just something satisfying (besides a full belly and happy tongue) about preparing a good meal for yourself, and saving a bundle of cash at the same time.
Part of the problem for me, is that I'm a single bachelor with no one to cook for on a regular basis but myself. Making single portion meals is somewhat problematic in the storage/freezing of individual portions of meat; chipping apart frozen stuff later demonstrates the necessity of the former method.
The theory I'm working on here, is that I can assemble ingredients, make a big batch of something, can it with my pc/jars, and then have about a month's worth of meals for nearly the price of one.
As this process generally provides me with enough food to last awhile, I don't do it too often. Thus the time to prepare is a cost that shouldn't be overlooked, yet I still find the financial benefits outweigh the costs of time to prepare. Think of the typical wait to get seated, get your menu/glass of water, get your appetizer, get your food, at any restaurant, and you will see that by spending a couple hours preparing a month's worth of food you will actually be saving yourself time as well as money. And yet there remains a surplus of good food. No picking something out that the chef thought would be nice. Prepared just the way you like it, and in portions that are healthy to consume, rather than haveing to take half your 'meal' home in a doggy box (notice we don't have doggy bags anymore? restaurants give you a box- go obesity!)
Ok, that seems like an appropriate amount of hype, now for the gusto:
Edited by Beast, 17 July 2009 - 05:50 AM.