“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Saving Time Cooking From Scratch
The one big complaint about cooking from scratch is that it takes a good amount of time. There are several ways to reduce your time each night in the kitchen. One way is to plan your meals ahead. By planning ahead you can reduce time by having meat already thawed out and some prep work done. You also know what you are having. Another way to save some time is to make things ahead in large batches. We often have homemade biscuits and homemade rolls for supper. So one day a month I spend some extra time in the kitchen making large batches of biscuits. I will lay each biscuit on a cookie sheet and put it in the freezer as it. When the biscuits are frozen solid I will then transfer them into a ziploc bag. Now, when I have biscuits i have the convenience of just taking what I need from the freezer. Quick and easy and saves me a little bit of time. I will do the same thing for dinner rolls. These two things take up the most of my time when cooking a meal so it really does help. The next thing that you can do is to have a large cooking day in which you cook several meals or put together several casseroles that can be frozen and then thawed out later and cooked. I have done this on occasion and it really helps get through the week without feeling like you have spent the whole week in the kitchen. Another way to save time is to use your crockpot for one dish meals. Crockpots are a lifesaver. Casseroles are another lifesaver. One dish meals cut down on quite a bit of cooking and organization. Also while they are in the oven you can already have all the dirty prep ware cleaned up and over with. So now that you have a few time savers and I have already given you some money savers there really is no reason not to cook good wholesome meals from scratch for your family. Enjoy.