What should we include in MSE's new Cost of Living survival guide?



  • peewhyeff
    peewhyeff Forumite Posts: 1,146
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    A couple of things occur to me:

    1)  Pointing people to where to get User Manuals for things like Halogen Ovens, Airfryers etc.  (And/or general instructions on what they do and how to use them)
    It's no use advising someone to "get an airfryer" if the person's never used one - and 2nd hand ones often don't have the manual with them.

    For instance.......LIDL.  Have published user manuals for their products on their website for many years. It's true what you said about 2nd hand items. In the past I was given a soup maker, a bread maker, and a cupcake maker and had no idea how to use them.
  • ZsaZsa
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    shykins said:
    @ZsaZsa My husband (who is knowledgeable on wattage stuff🤦‍♀️) tells me the airfyer uses approx 35% less energy than my normal oven and it also warms up faster and cooks quicker.   So by my reckoning that has to be cheaper

    yes I can fit potatoes in with it but prob not veg as well but it would depend on the size of your chicken, we tend to do veggie  on the hob or microwave

    Thank you (and Mr. shykins), that’s the sort of info I was hoping for 😃😃
  • maman
    maman Forumite Posts: 27,877
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    Agree that advice on gadgets would be useful. I was gifted an electric steamer, some years ago, but found it a faff getting it out and washing up all the bits. I do have a steamer that sits on top of a saucepan but usually cook carrots and potatoes in one pan anyway. What else could I steam over this veg to cut down on hob use? 🤔
  • London_1
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    I lov emy £12 Wilkos ordinary steamer I do things like spuds or carrots on the bottom tier and green stuff on the next one up. Only have the two tiers to wash up and they don't take a minute to do. I hade a chicken kiev in my remoska and new potatoes carrots and broccoli inmy steamer for dinner tonight. A good slice of mince pie whizz to warm in the microwave and a dollop of cold custard to top for dinner tonight cooked start to finish is under 20 minutes.Kieve was taken from the freezer this morning to defrost in the fridge 
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