I have to get faster results while cooking in the kitchen . Because most of the times, I have no time ! And rest of the times, I am holding my daughter on one hand :) . So there you go ; if you can visualize what I am talking about .
I have no choice but to cook just on the weekends. And I dont want to keep cooking the whole weekend. So during last one year I have come up with a few habits of my own which help me cook faster in kitchen. If I miss even one then it really effects my timeline. I know I sound too calculating but I want to go out as well on weekends (for shopping of course) .
So here are a few of my habits which may sound too simple but which honestly help me to cook faster !
Clutter-Free Counter - I think that a clean counter is the basic pre-requisite to do faster kitchen work. Clearing it all together takes a few minutes time every night before sleeping . That helps me a lot to be very-very fast while doing the morning cooking and meal preparation.
Use Pressure Cooker - Saves a lot of TIME and GAS and NUTRIENTS! Nothing's like them !
Use a Food Processor once a week to cut/shred cooking ingredients such as onions,cabbage,carrots,potatoes etc. and save for cooking later. It saves a lot on the vegetable cutting time to use a processor instead of knives. So cut any and every vegetable / ingredients you can think of using processor. It truely brings down cooking time to half.
Buy in bulk when a produce is on sale and Create your own frozen section :
- Puree tomatoes and Freeze in a ziploc
- Cut/shred herbs and freeze in a ziploc
- Grind Garlic/Ginger/Chillies or all together and freese in ice-cube trays. Later save the cubes in ziplocs.
Transparent easy to reach containers help a lot while we are looking for something. I prefer to keep everything for immideate use in transparant containers and all other stored in large ziplocks stacked and sorted in baskets . It saves a lot of time.
Have immediate ingredients (oil,salt,pepper) at a hands distance on the gas stove or on the counter attached to it instead of keeping them inside the cupboard.
A spatula holder with cooking spatulas on the counter.
A spatula dish in which u can keep the oily/wet spatula while cooking to prevent the gas oven /counter surface to get stains from oily/wet spatula.
Keep butter outside and not in the refrigerator (except when it is extremely hot weather). It will retain its texture and flavor better and You'll use less of it because it will be softer.
Have a proper collection of kitchen tools (knives , peelers , can opener, cutter, colander etc .) that work for you ! Keep them handy - always at the same location.
While you sauté onions as the first step of any recipe, add a pinch of salt to them . That will make them cook faster with a better color .
Wear Apron ! Saves a lot of time for me :) I wash my hands several times while cooking and the apron comes in very handy to dry hands off anytime . You may find this tip very funny . But for me it is a great time saver. My kitchen cloth is the favorite toy of my daughter and I almost never find it at its place . So when I am doing my bulk cooking , I put my apron on which first of all gives me a very nice feeling :) and secondly gives me an instant access to a cloth to dry my hands and 2 pockets !!
Enjoy these tips to cook faster ! And please share if you have some of yours. It will make lives easier :))
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