Cooking is a great way to save some money and it is really fun thing to do together with the whole family. Making your own meals will also provide you much healthier meals than just shopping for ready meals.
Of course, for someone who isn’t used to cooking the whole process can seem like a laborious process that takes a lot of time.
Here are four simple tricks to make cooking easier for you and guarantee you can enjoy great homemade meals.
1. Learn To Freeze
Freezing your food can make planning for meals easier and it is also going to save you a lot of money. So if you don’t take advantage of freezing your food already then start practicing it right now.
For example, if you are cooking a recipe that only requires 250g of chicken but you have a packet of 500g you can just freeze the rest in a sealable plastic black. After cooking a large meal you don’t even have to worry about eating the same food for days since there are a lot of ways to freeze cooked food.
Then you can just take a portion out later and enjoy the same quality food at a later point.
2. Cut Vegetables Ready For The Next Day
If you know you have a busy day ahead the next day you can save a lot of cooking time by cutting your vegetables ready on the previous day. Some of them you can even prepare a few days before. For example, you could cut down your weekly vegetables ready on a Sunday.
Weight Watchers has some great tips for keeping your vegetables fresh in the fridge and it is worth reading these tips. The preparation tactic is very good also for preparing for a dinner party.
3. Take Use Of Kitchen Scissors
You should also buy a pair of good kitchen scissors. Scissors are actually very useful tools in the kitchen and can make a lot of tasks a lot easier. And this isn’t about cutting open packages either but actually using scissors instead of knives.
For instance, chopping herbs into smaller pieces is much easier when you do it with scissors instead of using a knife. So next time you need a bit of parsley on top of your fish soup just cut some with your scissors.
You can even cut quesadillas really easily with scissors.
4. Plan Meals Beforehand
One of the best tricks to make the cooking process smoother is to always prepare for your meals beforehand. Make a weekly menu to guarantee you have the right ingredients and you don’t get into a situation where you don’t know what to eat.
Planning your weekly menu will help you save a lot of money as well and will guarantee you don’t end up ordering take away since you got nothing else to eat.
It allows you to ensure you are prepared for the busier workdays by having leftover last for the next day as well.
The above tips are some very clever ways of making your meal planning and cooking a lot easier. They will ensure your eat healthy and tasty food.
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Katherine is passionate about cooking and eating healthy homemade food. When she isn’t cooking in the kitchen she likes to snack on tiny cupcakes and read cooking books to get new recipe ideas.