Cooking For a Large Group on a Tight Budget

In this brief guide, we will discuss the topic, “How to cook for a large group on a tight budget”. We will discuss the tips and methods to cook for a large number of people. We will also get to know how to keep things within budget while cooking for a large group.

How to cook for a large group on a tight budget?

If you are cooking for a large group on a tight budget then you need to carefully plan your dishes and always make a budget before cooking and stick to that budget. You need to prepare yourself fully by cooking your meals ahead. 

What are the budget-friendly dishes that you can prepare for a large group?

First, you need to make a list of budget-friendly dishes that you want to make for the group. For this, we have some dishes that might be helpful for you in maintaining your budget.

Mac and cheese 

It is easy to make mac and cheese and it is also very budget-friendly. You only need fewer ingredients. You only need macaroni, cheese, bacon or chicken(optional) and some milk. These things are not expensive and they will keep you on budget.

Salad bar

Making different kinds of salad is cheap and you can add a variety of fruits and vegetables to it. This is a very budget-friendly option. You can make fruit and vegetable salads separately. Salads will be a good starter and everyone likes to eat a good salad.

Hamburgers 

These are very easy to make and everyone likes to eat a good hamburger for the party. They require a minimum amount of ingredients and they are liked by almost everyone

Hotdogs 

These are quite easy to make and they do not require any expensive ingredients. You will only need bread and sausages to make hotdogs. You can easily stock these things in your refrigerator and you can serve them easily.

Pancakes 

These are a good dessert option to make for a large group of people. Pancakes do not require many ingredients and they are not costly. You can easily get pancake mix and you can prepare pancakes from it.

Pasta and spaghetti

Making pasta or spaghetti is a good option and it is quite budget-friendly. You can easily prepare them a day before and then you can add your required flavour to the pasta. 

You can make spaghetti and meatballs and this will be a perfect meal for your guests and it will also be budget-friendly.

Baked or grilled vegetables

You can also serve baked and grilled vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and capsicum. These will be good to eat with your main course and people will like it. It will also be a healthy option for your guests.

You can get more budget-friendly recipes here.

What are the tips for cooking when you are on a tight budget?

Follow the following tips if you want to cook for a large group of people on a tight budget: 

  • You should plan to prepare meals before time, this will help you to save your time and energy for the main day. When you are prepared well for the day then you will not have to go for last-minute shopping and this way you can maintain your budget.
  • You should organise your refrigerator and pantry before cooking. This will help you to focus on your work and you will feel good while working with a clean and organised pantry.
  • Preparing your ingredients before time will help you to know that you have all the ingredients and you won’t have to spend extra on anything.
  • Do not do random grocery shopping from the grocery store; it will disturb your budget. Instead, always stick to the grocery list and do not shop more than that.
  • Always make a list for grocery shopping. It will help you to shop for the relevant things and you will have a clear image of the things that you want and the things you do not.
  • Always prepare your budget before going grocery shopping and stick to that budget. Do not exceed the budget this will help you to keep things in order.  
  • Always shop in bulk packing it will save you money and you can compare prices to other grocery stores and this will help you to find the cheapest option. Do not forget to check the quality of the product when you are going for a cheaper option.     
  • You can prepare your meal and store it in the freezer days before the event. This will help you to manage things easily.                                                                                                                                         

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we discussed the topic, “how to cook for a large group on a tight budget”. We discussed the tips and methods to cook for a large number of people. We also got to know how to keep things within budget while cooking for a large group.

References 

https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/top-50-budget-meals
https://www.bonappetit.com/gallery/cheap-recipes

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.