THERE are just five days to go to Pancake Day, so make sure you have all the tools you need to feed the family.
Traditionally the day to clear out your cupboards and use up old ingredients before Lent, this year Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday 1 March.
So if your bank balance is feeling a bit flat, don’t fret. There are plenty of cut-price deals in store.
Here are the best you’ll flip for – and turn the page for my traditional and trendy pancake recipes.
MIXING BOWL: A sturdy, non-slip bowl is a family essential.
Morrisons Mixing Bowl with Non Slip Base 2 Litres, was £2 now £1.50 at Morrisons
FRYING PAN: Experts recommend a smaller pan for perfect pancakes.
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Forged Aluminium 25cm Crêpe Pan, was £33.99 now £19.99 at Lakeland
WHISK: A choose a bigger whisk for quicker beating.
Stainless Steel Whisk, £2.50 at Tesco
WOODEN SPOON: Wooden spoons can be used safely on non-stick bowls and pans.
Morrisons Wooden Spoon, was 70p now 60p at Morrisons
APRON: Protect yourself from pancake splashes.
Morrisons Stripe Yarn Dyed Apron, was £7 now £2.75 at Morrisons.com
PANCAKE MAKER: Make it easy with a pancake maker.
Ambiano Crepe Maker, £17.99 at Aldi
PANCAKE MIX: For almost-instant pancakes,
Morrisons Plain Pancake Shaker Bottle 155g, £1 at Morrisons
LEMON SQUEEZER: Save the pennies and squeeze out every last drop.
Citrus Squeezer, 60p at Wilko
Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
CRUNCH DOWN THE COSTS
· Use own brand or economy ingredients for the basic pancake to save cash, then add flavour with more exotic toppings
· Use leftover mixture to make more pancakes and freeze for when you need a quick meal.
· Need a frugal food meal? Try pancakes with Baked Beans and Cheese, or Chili Chicken Salad.
· Reheat pancakes in the toaster for a budget breakfast.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Would making extra money be music to your ears? Then tune into new music site Reverb.com
Experts estimate there is a whopping £1.9bn worth of music gear in homes across the UK and the music gear marketplace makes it easy for you to sell on unwanted instruments, cases, music and kit.
You can also use it to buy second-hand items when you child starts to play or even upgrade instruments too.
Jim Tuerk, guitar expert at Reverb.com, said: “With an incredible selection of used gear, Reverb is a great resource for musicians and the parents of aspiring artists alike to follow their dreams without breaking the bank.”
Jim’s Tips for Families on a Budget
1. Instead of pricey gadgets or conventional toys, give your little ones child-size instruments to spark a love of music. Affordable options include small harmonicas, mini keyboards or kids drum kits from a brand called Remo.
2. Before you buy any instruments, check out our Price Guide to make sure you don’t pay too much.
3. Struggling to afford music lessons? YouTube has a wealth of free, helpful tutorials. Try Marty’s Music Channel for starters.
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