Hit Up The Markets When Cooking For One

Hit Up The Markets When Cooking For One

Supermarkets are full of deals involving two-for-one, 30 per cent more, family sizes and other bulk deals. None of that helps though if the food goes to waste. The Washington Post suggests the markets and creativity for single cooks.

Photo by Ed Yourdon.

The article is framed around a farmers’ market tour with Judith Jones, the literary agent who rescued both The Diary of Anne Frank and Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking. She’s written a new book about cooking for one and, from experience, suggests the markets where you can get up close and personal with purveyors as a way around food waste:

For singles, one of the best things about farmers markets is that so much of the produce and other products is sold loose or individually: no need to buy a whole bag of spinach when you can just scoop up however many leaves you’d like …
… Carrots? If you find yourself in possession of a bunch when you need just one, roast the remainder — this goes for all sorts of vegetables — and then use them throughout the week: in hashes, in salads, over pasta, in soups or even as a vegetarian roll-up sandwich with a little dressing.

The article’s got a few great recipes for using good pork, and a few other inspirational moments. What’s the best food-saving move you’ve pulled off in your kitchen? Swap the stories in the comments.

Cooking for One: The single shopper [WashingtonPost.com via Serious Eats]


  • That’s easy. Frittata.

    Keep some eggs and cheese on hand. Maybe some cream or milk too.

    Take your leftovers, chop them up and fry them off for a bit. Throw in a couple/few beaten eggs (and a little cream/milk if you like) depending on the volume of leftovers. Stir in some grated cheese and throw the lot into the oven until it’s cooked.

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