Jack Monroe shares opinion with tips on cooking fish in pineapple juice amid cost-of-living crisis

Anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe has divided opinion with a “budget hack” for cooking fish with canned pineapple to save money on soaring energy bills.

The British chef, who regularly tweets tips to help people tackle the cost of living crisis through what they eat and how they cook, wrote: ‘My budget cooking trick of the day: you can ‘cook fish with canned pineapple’ ‘Without using any fuel.”

She continued: “Cut the fish into pieces. Mix with a can of pineapple juice. Add salt, lemon/lime juice, pepper. fridge for about 3 hours. Your fish will be cooked when you return to it. Magic!”

Explaining the science, Monroe said pineapples can “cook” fish thanks to their high levels of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins. She added: “I discovered this [by] I made a mackerel ceviche last year as part of a job for a fruit canning company and thought it would be a cool trick to share.

“I mean, being able to make the odd fish dish by tossing a can of pineapple over it won’t solve the nutritional or energy shortage, but it’s still a pretty neat trick to an easy dinner up your sleeve.” to have that doesn’t work. require no energy. And it’s absolutely delicious too.”

Her recipe received mixed comments on social media, with one person commenting: “This is really silly, if you’re skinny you can’t possibly afford fish. If I had the money for a tiny piece of fish I would buy 10 cans of beans instead!”

Another said: “Just a caveat from a chef who happens to have a science degree… the canning process cooks the enzymes and disables most of them. Fresh would do a better job. This also does not inactivate parasites or bacteria. I’m not trying to be a party mum!”

A third added: “I’d rather spend the money on fuel to cook the fish than canned pineapple.”

One person joked, “I wish you could make more food in the fridge. Tried chicken last week and it didn’t go so well.”

However, some agreed with Monroe and confirmed that her hack worked. “I tried it out of interest a few years ago after hearing someone talk about cooking fish in the fridge,” one person wrote. “This method was just a salt concoction, no pineapple – was nice (nice texture) but pretty boring, bet it’s done nicely with pineapple.”

Monroe replied to the user that the pineapple dish was “moral” and that she usually adds chili and serves it “like ceviche” over iceberg lettuce.

Monroe later tweeted that she had more cooking tips for zero- and low-fuel cooking, but added that she was “appalled” that “this is even a thing that people in one of the world’s wealthiest economies need.”

Users were quick to agree with Monroe and also expressed disbelief at the rising cost of living.

“I’ve seen some people on Twitter talking about building outdoor cooking facilities to reduce electricity/gas bills. Crazy time for so many,” said one user.

Monroe replied, “Yeah, I’ve been eyeing my camp stove and grill lately, absolutely insane that this is even a serious consideration!”

Another user offered some tips for reducing fuel costs: “Cut fresh vegetables small and as evenly as possible so they cook faster and take the same amount of time. Bring a kettle to a boil, pour pasta/rice into a bowl, place a plate on top and leave to rest for at least 10 minutes. Don’t be hard on yourself because you need these tips.”

Other users urged people to make sure they send meter readings to their energy companies today, March 31, before the price cap increases on April 1.

For more information on receiving council tax and utility bill rebates, see our guide here.

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