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Masterchef Australia star Matt Preston (photo) said that store bills can be significantly reduced by exchanging expensive cuts of meat for little known, affordable alternatives

Choose ling instead of salmon and choose the right meat cut: Masterchef star Matt Preston shares his best economical dinner tricks that will save you HUNDREDS on your food bill

  • Masterchef Australia star Matt Preston shared tips on reducing your food bill
  • The food critic born in England advised swapping salmon for a cheaper white fish
  • He suggested using potatoes creatively in gnocchi dishes or Thai curry
  • Matt also said that we should write weekly budgets instead of shopping lists
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Masterchef Australia star Matt Preston has shared efficient tricks to save you serious money on your weekly food bill.

In a function for Delicious, the food critic born in England recommended getting creative with trading potatoes and expensive pieces of salmon for affordable pieces of ling, an Atlantic white fish.

Matt also said it's better to set a weekly budget instead of writing shopping lists to spend too much money on off-season products.

Masterchef Australia star Matt Preston (photo) said that store bills can be significantly reduced by exchanging expensive cuts of meat for little known, affordable alternatives

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Masterchef Australia star Matt Preston (photo) said that store bills can be significantly reduced by exchanging expensive cuts of meat for little known, affordable alternatives

CREATIVE POTATOES

Potatoes are an important part of many popular dishes in different cultures all over the world.

And in retail for $ 4 per kilo, they are a cheap and versatile addition to a wide range of tasty meals.

Matt suggested using potatoes in a creative way, mixing them with flour to make gnocchi or using them as the basis for Thai or West African curries.

He also recommended using them to make French fricassée with frozen corn, caramelized onion and bacon.

Potatoes are great in salads and curries & can be used to make a wide range of tasty dishes such as gnocchi and fricassée (stock image)

Potatoes are great in salads and curries & can be used to make a wide range of tasty dishes such as gnocchi and fricassée (stock image)

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Potatoes are great in salads and curries & can be used to make a wide range of tasty dishes such as gnocchi and fricassée (stock image)

BUSINESS-FRIENDLY MINCE

Mince has long been a go-to-buy for meat lovers who want to stay at a minimum with prices of on average $ 10 per kilo.

But Matt said that this value can be further expanded by filling up minced dishes such as cottage pie with extra vegetables.

If you prefer lean meat, he suggested exchanging beef for turkey, chicken or kangaroo minced meat, which is around $ 12 per kilo.

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LITTLE KNOWN LING

As the Pescatarian diet becomes more popular, salmon has enjoyed a revival as one of Australia's favorite fish.

But with fresh pieces between $ 27 and $ 40 per kilo, Matt suggested swapping salmon for a cheaper, little-known Atlantic white fish called ling, which costs $ 15 per kilo.

Alternatively, Matt encouraged creative chefs to experiment by making a Singapore-style curry with salmon rolls that cost just $ 6 per kilo.

Fresh salmon can cost you up to $ 40 per kilo, so Matt suggested exchanging it for white fish such as ling coming in at $ 15 per kilo (stock image)

Fresh salmon can cost you up to $ 40 per kilo, so Matt suggested exchanging it for white fish such as ling coming in at $ 15 per kilo (stock image)

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Fresh salmon can cost you up to $ 40 per kilo, so Matt suggested exchanging it for white fish such as ling coming in at $ 15 per kilo (stock image)

KNOW YOUR CHICKEN

& # 39; It's amazing how many people don't know that thicker chicken thighs are now more expensive than breasts, & # 39; Matt said.

Chicken fillets can be found for just $ 9.50 per kilo and are delicious additions to stews, curries and stir-fries.

Chicken wings are even cheaper, with an average of $ 4.50 per kilo.

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Whole chickens also work around $ 4.50 per kilo and easily feed a family of four.

Matt recommended to serve roast chicken with mashed potatoes.

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