We believe that food should not take longer to prepare than it does to eat, and we pride ourselves on being highly-efficient in the kitchen. No matter what you decide to cook there are heaps of shortcuts that can help you reduce the time you spend working in the kitchen, here are some of our best.
- Get an airfryer. Cooking times are approximately half what they would be in a conventional oven, and it only takes 3 minutes to preheat (actually if you are really lazy you don’t even need to preheat them a lot of the time)
- Don’t bother peeling vegetables if they have a tender skin (just make sure it is washed well!). Fruits and veggies have nutrient and fibre dense skin, so if peel you are also missing out on those extra nutrients. Carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips and beets all roast up great with the skin on.
- Cook a double portion and have leftovers tomorrow. Doubling the portion size that you are cooking may take a little more effort now, but (trust us) you will be thanking yourself when all the cooking you have to do tomorrow if 2 minutes in the microwave.
- Use a food processor to prepare ingredients. Slicing, dicing, shredding, grating and chopping is a breeze with a food processor. That leads us to our next tip:
- If you are preparing vegetables it is easy to prepare a little extra now to save a whole heap of prep time the next time you cook. Either refrigerate to use tomorrow, or freeze if you don’t plan on cooking again for a few days.
- Don’t bother browning meat before adding to your slow cooker. If you want a nice deep meaty flavour, just add a little soy sauce and tomato paste.
- Before you purchase any new item for the kitchen, check for the magic words: ‘dishwasher safe’. Shop around, and don’t buy anything you have to wash by hand until you are sure that a dishwasher safe version doesn’t exist. Using the dishwasher not only saves time, but also helps make sure that kitchen utensils are thoroughly and safely cleaned.
- Rinse dishes while they are still warm. It is much easier to get them clean later whether you do them by hand or in a dishwasher (note: if you don’t have a dishwasher, getting one would save you A LOT of time).
Do you have any other tips for saving time in the kitchen? Tell us in the comments below!