The general perception about preparing food is that it takes a lot of time and energy. This is true to some extent, but it is also true that many of us spend a lot of time on the food preparation rather than the actual cooking. This is what makes it a chore rather than an enjoyable experience. However, food preparation need not be time consuming if you plan ahead and know how to manage your time skillfully.
If you are one of those who find preparing food a chore, then here are some quick tips that can actually make food preparation easier and make it more fun:
- Plan your meal ahead: Sometimes we go into the kitchen without a clear idea of what we are going to cook. Not only does this habit waste time, it can take the fun out of day-to-day cooking. Instead, make it a habit to plan your meal ahead so that you will know exactly what you will be cooking and have everything that you will need on hand to make your prep time shorter.
- Keep your kitchen organized: A disorganized kitchen makes it difficult to find the things that you need. If you have to spend half your time in the kitchen looking for specific tools, then you will find yourself tired and stressed out by dinner time. Keep your kitchen organized at all times for more efficient food preparation.
- Keep a stock of pre-chopped/pre-minced items: While you may be more accustomed to chopping up whole foods each time you cook, think about how much time you could save if that step was already done for you! Pre-chop or pre-mince any commonly-used foods that you know you will use throughout the week and store them in the fridge. Not having to chop and mince everything takes the chore out of cooking and makes food preparation a fun experience.
- Multitask when your dinner is cooking: A good way to make cooking faster and easier is to multitask in the kitchen. When your food is being cooked, you can clean up the table and wash the dishes. You can also prepare the ingredients for the next meal if you have already planned what to cook. This saves you a lot of time later and also decreases your cleaning up time after dinner.
- Place the ingredients and utensils within easy reach: Spend a few minutes before you begin cooking your meal pulling out any ingredients or kitchen implements you will need for your recipe. Place all the ingredients and utensils that you need within easy reach so you aren’t running around looking for that particular spice or seasoning at a crucial moment!
- Print your recipe and place it somewhere you can easily read: If you are cooking something you are not familiar with, then print the recipe out and place it where you can read it easily. It saves you a lot of time and trouble and makes learning to cook a new recipe something you will look forward to.
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