If you enjoy cooking, you know very well the joy of sitting with your loved ones and having a meal together. However, with our busy lifestyles it is not an easy thing to do.
No matter how much you love cooking, one thing that is universally agreed is that it takes a lot of time. From meal planning, grocery shopping, preparation to cooking and clean up, all these tasks consume a hefty amount of our time.
Hence, in order to save some time off the kitchen, we have compiled a list of easy, yet clever kitchen hacks to save time and money so that we all can spend a bit more time with family and friends.
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WASH FRUITS AND VEGGIES BEFORE PUTTING THEM AWAY
Cleaning your fruit and vegetables PRIOR to storing them is a sure fire way to speed up your daily kitchen chores.
No doubt we’d all love to buy organic, but this doesn’t fit into every budget and sometimes the selection of organic produce is limited. And even organic fruits and vegetable should be washed before consuming. They’re grown with fertilizers and soil enhancers and have been handled by a variety of workers.
Half fill a sink with cold water and add the following:
- 1 cup white or cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp. baking soda
- The juice of half a lemon
This is going to fizz-up like grade 8 science experiments so don’t be alarmed. Place all your produce in the solution and let them sit for 5 minutes, turning any bobbing pieces to fully cover all surfaces. Scrub the skins of root veggies with a brush so you won’t have to peel them later. Rinse, and dry leafy greens in a salad spinner, air drying the rest on a tea towel before storing.
HAVE FREQUENTLY USED UTENSILS BY THE STOVE
Find a funky piece of pottery or a wide-mouthed jar for storing often used utensils beside the stove. Good for wooden spoons, rubber spatulas, ladles, slotted spoons etc. – the pieces you want to get your hands on fast when cooking. Alternatively, you can hang from hooks or a rack mounted to the wall or ceiling.
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USE A SLOW COOKER
A fabulous time saver; put in all the ingredients in a Crock-Pot before leaving home in the morning and come back to a delicious meal. But, be wary of slow cooker recipes calling for canned soup, as they’re not the healthiest choice. Instead, make your own soup stock and freeze a supply for slow cooker dishes.
PRE-MIX YOUR FAVORITE SPICE COMBOS
Make your own spice and herb blends tailored to your own tastes! It’s quick and easy.
Thai, Indian, Mexican… most of us have favorite dishes that we use on a regular basis. Mix up batches of spices for your tried and true recipes and seal in spice jars. Remember to label them and store in a cool, dark spot.
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Keep these basic veggies on hand as they add flavor and texture to a variety of dishes, and they store well – garlic, onions, carrots, celery, yams, and kale.
FILL A SINK WITH HOT SOAPY WATER
Do your dishes as you use them to keep you from having to tackle a huge pile at one time? Clean pots, pans, and utensils as you go, multi-tasking while waiting for something to cook.
Wouldn’t it be pleasurable and relaxing if you can get homemade food without going through the hassle of cooking and cleaning up the kitchen after that?
You may be thinking that this is a dream, but now it is actually possible to eat healthy homemade food with the convenience of online food ordering.
Misrii is India’s Homemade Food Community who took this task upon themselves to provide homemade food right at your doorstep. All you have to do is visit www.misrii.com or download Android OR iOS app on your smartphone, select what you would like to eat, and simply wait for the scrumptious, piping hot, homemade food to ring your door bell.
This will not only save you from the tiring process of meal preparation, but will give you ample amount of time to spend with your family and friends.