Egyptian families face the wave of high prices with ideas in the “kitchen”

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With every crisis, Egyptians prove they are capable of defying the odds, even in the direst of circumstances, and with the continued high price tide, Egyptian families have started to think of original tricks to overcome the crisis.

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Indeed, the habits of the Egyptians changed, even in the preparation and purchase of food, and Rabat resorted to new tricks.

A large number of Egyptian families intend to circumvent the wave of high prices by the “kitchen”.

Mona Abdel Karim says she started buying from simple stores in popular places, while avoiding buying from places that sell at high prices. She also started working on recycling foods such as fried eggplant when there was something left, then recycle it into eggplant salad.

And Sally Muhammad says she now makes vegetable soup with water only, and it gets better in taste without adding chicken broth or natural broth, but she adds the green onion sticks and it becomes marvelous in taste.

Hind Yousry says she now chooses to buy meat from which the broth is produced, such as poultry, with an increased amount of water while boiling it to take advantage of the greater amount of broth to use while cooking.

As Laila Muhammad says, despite the exorbitant prices of all the products, it was an opportunity to move away from the extravagance or the negligence towards the blessing that we know now, which made him watch the quantity of food his family consumes in order to support himself. what each member of the family needs without wasting food.

Family community food allows abundant consumption

Dr. Mahmoud Mohamed Bendari, Professor at the Food Technology Research Institute and Senior Lecturer for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations “FAO” program to reduce food loss and waste , recommends all families, in view of the high prices, to return to the practice of a healthy method when consuming food, such as the need to chew food well because it gives a feeling of satiety. As for licking food quickly, it makes a person not feel full and the body does not benefit from the food, and causes indigestion problems, just as religion and science encourage not want to eat.

Dr. Mahmoud Bandari

It should also be followed by foreigners, because they eat only according to their needs, because filling the stomach with a lot of food causes great stress on the stomach when digesting food, and causes an intake of weight and disease.

He points out that the family should start eating collectively again, because more individuals are enough and they feel full, while eating individually due to the great waste of food.

Rationalize food needs and not waste them

Bandari adds, one of the ways to save money is to reuse leftover school sandwiches from children, and instead of punishing the child for returning the sandwiches or throwing them away out of fear of being punished, here we follow up with the child the system of returning sandwiches without punishment, with the aim of recycling and reusing them, by removing the food in Sandwiches and cutting vino bread to dry it only in the oven, then crushing it to use it in other food ingredients.

When there is a surplus of rice, it is stored in the freezer in a thick, strong plastic box or bag until it is reused when cooking new rice.

Do not waste cooked vegetables and reuse them

In the same context, the speaker of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) program aimed at reducing food loss and waste indicates that in the event of a surplus of tabeeq, the tears of tabeeq are separated from the cooked fruit and stored in bags for reuse. again with koshary sauce or any other type of tabeeq. Thus we learn to reduce the amount of tomatoes consumed when cooking.

Cooked vegetables can also be washed with water and recycled, such as turning cooked potatoes into mashed potatoes in the oven, reusing them with tuna, using them as vegetable soup, or collecting leftover types of vegetables for cook a casserole of vegetables, while reusing the same type of sauce that was stored before.

Streamlining method in frying oil

He explains that when using oil to fry food, you have to save it by not filling the pan with a large amount of oil, but a very simple sleeve is placed, it is almost enough to do fry the required amount and it disappears when finished , with the aim of not repeating the frying in the same oil, because overheating the oil causes health problems, thus preventing us from wasting oil.

Save leftover fruit for preservation

As Dr. Mahmoud Muhammad Bandari of the Food Technology Research Institute points out, when you see the impending corruption of certain fruits, it is best to cut and store each variety separately and freeze them in the freezer until soft. they are taken out and included. to make a fruit cocktail.

With storing lemons in their season by squeezing the lemons and pouring the juice into ice molds and freezing them in the freezer, then putting the lemon cubes in bags that will work quickly when needed, drying and by grinding lemon zest and then using it with different types of cakes, which adds a wonderful taste.

Bandari points out that banana or apple peels can be reused by boiling them in water, and taking the water after it has cooled and noticing that it becomes water as thick as the jelly, and here we can add a natural color or flavor to it, so it becomes a natural and distinctive jelly.

Bandari recommends everyone to refrain from buying chicken broth despite the many uses some have for it, but the solution is that after boiling the chicken, the soup is stored by dividing it into separate sachets to be reused when needed.

One of the easiest ways to produce broth is that after eating the chicken and duck, the bones of the poultry and duck are left. Here we collect them in a bag and store them in the freezer, to be used later in the production of broth. , as if the bones of poultry and duck were boiled again, and thus the broth is produced sterile as a result of boiling. It can be added to any type of food and gives an excellent taste.

Reusing broken dry bread loaf

And Dr. Mahmoud Muhammad Bandari says, when the bread is dry or there are small pieces of it, and nobody agrees to eat it, here it is cut in small size and dried in the oven, and it is re -kneaded with water again with the addition of yeast, and it is made again into a wonderful bread again.

“And it is better to make yogurt at home, even if the price of milk is high, because it produces more quantity when it is made at home.

The domestic culture must change

Dr. Hoda Mohamed Shaaban, Home Economist at Ain Shams University Girls Faculty, says the food culture in homes has become in view of the high prices that need to be changed, and this is done by moving away from lending to eat. -meals prepared, fast and delivered, while relying on cooking anything that can be cooked at home, like he ate beans for breakfast and made sandwiches for everyone.

Dr. Huda Shaaban

She points out that through high prices, we will find the opportunity to prepare healthy food, which is prepared by family members, which has a good impact on family reunion again, as well as their reunion in participation and responsibility in establishing a budget. in which the priorities and needs of the family are determined.

One of the tricks to counter the high prices is for the housewife to learn to cook the foods that the children buy from the stores and restaurants at high prices which are a burden on the family. Cooking at home allows us to exploit somewhat low tools and materials and produce a larger quantity that lasts the family for several days at a lower cost.

Dialogue with children to reduce expenses

And Dr Huda Shaaban adds that the time has come, given the high prices and the existence of a family dialogue between parents and children, to change the culture of food and encourage children to eat at home. home, because they are prepared in a wholesome and good manner which benefits the health, and it is in more plentiful and less expensive quantities.

By relying on economical materials and moving away from expensive things, while choosing the most suitable alternatives, such as knowing how to make tahini, halva and cottage cheese at home, while choosing alternatives among the low-cost products in cheese, for example, and renouncing the consumption of expensive products and the need to reduce the purchase value.

The family should buy different types of vegetables according to the seasons because their price is cheap in season, while learning how to store, freeze and dry them in the correct way to use them in times of high prices.

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Dr. Hoda Shaaban calls for the need to pay attention to the return of the role of home economics in schools, as it contributes to the demand for establishing small and medium projects that serve the family and society, and provide products healthy at distinctive and cheap prices. prizes such as pastries and the like.

She appeals to the media to encourage Egyptian families to change their eating habits, to spread the culture of food recycling and the return of the production of bread and pastries to homes.


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