Cooking your own meals is a great way to save money and to make your diet more nutritious. Food made from scratch is significantly cheaper than prepared foods and is much healthier. This article will give you the tips you need to start making delicious meals from the comfort of your own home.

Corn

After you have cut the corn off of the cob, use the dull side of a knife (the one opposite the blade), and scrape the cob once more. This will extract any sweet, milky liquid that was left behind and add richness and flavor to whatever you are making.

When cutting corn kernels on the cob, try this tip: Use the side of the knife that is not sharp to scrape the cob. This will extract the excess sweet juices from the cob, which can be applied to your corn dish and add a hidden burst of flavor to it, creating a new taste to the dish.

After removing corn from the cob, scrap the cob with the back of your knife. Doing this will extract the "milk" from it. Drizzle the "milk" over the corn to add extra flavor.

If you are out of corn starch and need a thickener, you can get the same results from these substitutions. You can use an equal amount of potato starch, rice starch, or arrowroot; or you can use double the amount of all-purpose flour or instant tapioca.

When cooking on a budget, make Mexican meals your friends. Tortillas, beans, rice, and onions are inexpensive and filling, and can serve as the foundation for a variety of meals, including tacos, enchiladas, and salads. You can also use whichever meats are most inexpensive, plus veggies like tomatoes, avocados, corn, and peppers.

Even if you're not an experienced chef, cooking your own meals is easy to do. Anyone can be a great cook, and if you'd like to be one too, the advice provided here will help you to do it.