How Do You Save Time in the Kitchen?


| 7/26/2011 11:40:52 AM


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Kitchen Timer

There's a reason lots of folks rely on pre-packaged and take-out foods: It's easy. If simply finding time to cook is one of the biggest hurdles to making healthy meals at home, then it must be a good idea to share time-saving strategies with one another. I'll get us started:

  • Time Saver #1: Batch-process your veggies. When you get home from the grocery store or farmers market, take a few minutes to rinse, spin, chop and properly store your fruits and veggies so they'll be ready to use the way you like to use them.
  • Time Saver #2: Soak beans overnight. This is a no-brainer and huge time-saver. Beans can be used in so many different ways, so why not soak some tonight, just in case?
  • Time Saver #3: Make double batches. Next time you build a lasagna or roll up enchiladas, make an extra pan and freeze it for a quick dinner sometime in the near future.
  • Time Saver #4: Use a slow cooker to eliminate time spent standing over the stove. Added benefit: This is a great way to use less expensive ingredients, such as tougher cuts of meat, that benefit from low-and-slow heat.

Your turn! Share your best time-saving tips below.

Sunny480
8/29/2011 11:33:10 AM

Chicken or beef stock is my staple for delicious, nutritious fast food. You can get a gallon of stock from one chicken or chicken frame. I like to do a double recipe! It takes half an hour of prep, and then you ignore it while it simmers for 24 hours with carrots, celery, onion. After skimming the fat, I freeze it by the quart and thaw them one at a time so I always have a quart of stock in the fridge. I sautee onion, add stock and whatever else I have around (vegetables, rice, legumes, meats). SO good.


Lorelle
8/26/2011 8:28:30 PM

If I make a batch of pancake batter, I make sure to add a little yogurt, buttermilk or kefir. That way it will last a long while in the fridge, and I can make more without going through all the mess.


Annie_10
8/12/2011 11:27:47 AM

The simplest and easiest way to save time in the kitchen is to clean up as you go. I find that when I have done some batch cooking or other large cooking chore, if I leave it too long, the dishes pile up and it's not cumulative, it's EXPLOSIVE the amount of dishes you then have to do. I find if I rinse and put it away or put it in the dishwasher right away, by the time my food is in the oven or crock, the kitchen is clean!





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