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Monday, June 05, 2006 

Supper swapping: Tips help save time and money

The South Mississippi Sun Herald has some tips on Supper Swapping.

What is supper swapping, you ask?

It is a concept based on the book to the left, which outlines a plan where friends can take turns cooking dinners and then swapping leftovers. Here are some tips from the book which the article in the paper reprinted:

Plan smartly - Use recipes that won't overburden you on your day to cook. And if one meal is time-consuming, make the other a quick-fix meal.

Save smartly - Similarly, if you want to make an expensive meal, pair it with an inexpensive dish.

Make substitutions to economize - For example, if crab is costly, try using imitation crab. A chef would frown on it, but it could mean the difference between $3 a pound and $20 a pound.

Substitute less expensive fish - Tilapia, for example, is quite inexpensive when compared to bass or other similar fish.

Don't compare what you spend with what your partner spends - Trying to split costs can be messy. It penalizes you for being thrifty.

Shop specials - It pays to watch for ads. For instance never pay full price for salmon or pork loin if they go on sale regularly. Freeze extra for future uses.

Buy basics in bulk - Costco or Sam's can make sense when the groceries needed are basic.

Buy the best you can afford in kitchen accessories - For example, a quality spatula that can withstand 500 degrees can be used without melting or warping in hot sauces or in the dishwasher. A large food processor can cut food prep time in half.