With the weather heating up, most of us don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen every day, but there are ways to shortcut food preparation that will get you out of the kitchen quickly.
Do Ahead Ingredient Prep
Take time to chop, slice, and dice vegetables you use frequently like onions, peppers, radishes, celery, lettuce, and cucumbers and store them till needed. Add marinade to meats and store in refrigerator, then freeze.
Cook a Weeks Meals in One Day
Sure, you don’t want to give up an evening, Saturday, or Sunday cooking, but if it meant you didn’t have to cook the rest of the week would it be worth it? Create a menu for fast and easy dinners and do all your shopping. Make sure you have the storage bags/containers for freezer/refrigerator/microwave. On the day you choose to prepare the meals, gather all the ingredients, make each night’s main dish, and freeze it.
Use Work Saving Appliances
To cut up vegetables, use a food chopper or a device that lets you place the veggie on a cutting screen, push down the lid and voila! chopped onions, apples, peppers, and lots more. Small chopping appliances also work well and quickly. A stand mixer speeds up prep time for batters, bread, whip cream, and much more.
Blenders and Food Processors
Place blocks of cheese in the food processor (one at a time) and grate for fresher, better tasting cheese without additives and fillers. Food processors are great for making hummus, sauces, and nut butters. They allso work well for grating carrots, cabbage, and “riceing” cauliflower.
Nothing beats a supply of Ball canning jars for food storage. You can see ingredients at a glance and they make sizes to fit every need. Easy clean up in the dishwasher and no worries about chemicals leaking into your food. Canning jars can go in the freezer and microwave too. Store grains, nuts, flours, sugars, cinnamon sticks, and anything else that you want to be able to grab quickly without hunting for it. Use the small size for spices as it’s easier to open a lid than fight with a spice jar cap, box, or bag.