Thrifty Kitchen

Thrifty Kitchen teaches basic cookery skills to adults who want to learn, with no fancy equipment or expensive ingredients required. It’s also a great opportunity to eat and social together. The sessions are led by an experienced team of cooking and nutrition volunteers.

We believe everyone can learn new skills with the right help, and we welcome everyone to get involved with cooking, no matter what their experience.

Thrifty Kitchen is funded by Reaching Communities (Big Lottery) and is part of our Whitby’s Food Hub, alongside Whitby’s Pantry and Whitby’s Homemade. Thrifty Kitchen aims to equip people from Preston with a broad range of cooking skills, budgeting information, digital skills, money and time-saving tips and tricks in a friendly, informal and hands-on session to help them get more out of their weekly shop.

The project utilizes food that would otherwise be wasted and sent to landfill and seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. The majority of our food comes from FareShare, Morrisons, Lidl and Co-Op. These weekly cook-and-eat sessions, enable people learn to combine low-cost store-cupboard ingredients to make healthy, well-rounded meals for themselves and their families. Sessions are attended by an intergenerational, international multi-skilled cross-section of the Preston community.

Two sessions are run each week:

  • Thrifty Kitchen Skills: Monday morning 10am – 12pm. Blocks of 4 weeks. A small group session focussing on skills. You also get to take what you make home.
  • Thrifty Kitchen Social: Friday morning 11am – 1.30pm. Weekly cook-and-eat sessions. Learn new skills and make new friends.
  • Kids in the Kitchen sessions are run during school holidays.

To book a place or find out more, contact us on 01772 760 760 or email: