How to Enjoy Gourmet Food Without the Gourmet Price

We all want to experience that gourmet dining experience once in a while, instead of chicken nuggets and chips in front of the TV. However, not everyone can afford to visit Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen or book a table at The Ivy. If you want to bring the gourmet experience home, without paying the gourmet price, then follow our super-savvy tips below.

Learn to Cook

We know none of you are the type of people to burn toast, but there are some things even the most established of kitchen cooks need to learn for gourmet cooking. There’s a certain way to chop this and a clever way to time that; things that the Michelin starred chefs have that we just don’t. Taking part in some cooking lessons, by restaurant chefs, will be a long term investment that is worth every penny. If you get a group of your friends together then the costs will come down even more. Make sure, you take notes and try incorporate what you’ve learnt in everyday cooking, not just gourmet dinners.

Store Cupboard Essentials

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Always make sure you have the essentials in your store cupboard. Having to run to the local convenience store for something will cost you a lot more than buying online or at a large chain supermarket. Here are just some of the things you should have in your gourmet store cupboard, at all times:

  • Salt and Pepper
  • Various Herbs and Spices
  • Flour
  • Gourmet Sauces
  • Olive Oil and Vegetable Oil
  • Stock Cubes
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Curry Paste and Pasta Sauce
  • Dry Pasta, Noodles and Rice

Check Reduction Aisles

If you’re planning on cooking a gourmet meal the same day, then head to your supermarket reduction aisles. A lot of the goods you will find there are high quality, just going out of date on that day. You can find a whole range of meats, fish, vegetables, dairy and salad products. If you get there half hour to an hour before the shop closes you will find the best deals; with some supermarkets making 70-80% reductions to save throwing things out. You may find some big name brands in there, instead of the less appetising economy or own-brand range, too. Reduced food always seems much tastier when you’re eating it; must be something to do with the ridiculously low price.

Use Price Comparison Services

If you would rather not fight someone for the last piece of meat in the reduction aisle, and get your shopping online, then make use of price comparison services. Many will let you input your entire shopping list to find out who is going to be the cheapest supermarket! You may be surprised as to who is the cheapest for your particular shopping list. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of getting your shopping delivered, as not all price comparison sites include that. Some supermarkets will also have deals for new customers, so make use of those whilst you can.

We hope this guide has given you some inspiration and motivation to create some yummy gourmet meals at home. Just remind the family that they will have to enjoy chicken and chips once a week; every great chef needs a night off.