Staying in self-catered accommodation has several benefits and many of them revolve around the freedom and convenience of being able to cook for yourself. As lovely as it is to go out for a meal, sometimes you just want to be able to eat breakfast while you are still in your pyjamas. What’s more, if your children are fussing and hungry you don’t want to have to make them wait in a restaurant for their dinner.
Also, being able to self-cater while you are on holiday will save you a great deal of money. The mark-up on restaurant meals can be huge and buying your own food at the supermarket will shave quite a lot off your holiday budget. Making a few sandwiches to take with you during the day will save you from having to buy overpriced convenience food while you are sightseeing.
Of course, cooking in a kitchen in your self-catered serviced apartment will be a little bit different than cooking at home. You won’t have your entire spice rack to choose from and you will have to be smart about what foods you buy to ensure that you use them up before the holiday is over.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for cooking in your self-catered accommodation :
Before you leave on holiday, look through some cookbooks or websites and find a few quick and easy meals that will not require you to buy a lot of ingredients. Of course, if you have any family recipes that fit the bill you can bring them along as well.
Check how equipped the kitchen will be at your accommodation. Will there be pots, pans, dishes and cutlery? Is there a microwave, toaster and kettle? Knowing what tools you have will affect what type of meals you plan to make.
Don’t go on a huge shopping spree at the local supermarket. You will be tempted to spend too much and then feel pressured to cook all the food that you have bought. Instead, buy things as and when you need them.
Although the larger bottles of condiments might be the better deal, if you will only use a quarter of it before you need to leave then it is not the best bargain. Buy smaller containers to suit the length of your stay.
Look beyond the supermarkets and explore the smaller local shops and farmers markets. You can usually find fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood and locally made artisan treats that will make for a lovely meal.
Try to cook something different than you would at home. You are in a different location, so learn a bit about the local delicacies by attempting to cook them and trying something new.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind for cooking at your self-catered holiday accommodation. Many serviced apartments have all the equipment required to prepare a hearty meal, but do check to find out about any specifics you may have while remaining realistic about to expect in the size apartment you have booked into.