10 Kitchen Shortcuts to help you cook meals quickly!
If you work and have a family, sometimes it’s hard to cook homemade, healthy meals. You’re exhausted, don’t have much time and you’d rather spend your time with you family than in the kitchen. Instead of going through the drive thru, use a few of my tips to speed up meal preparation.
1. Quick Cooking Rice
White or Brown rice that can be cooked quickly can be used in your recipes. Quick cooking rice can cut cooking time in half.
2. Canned Beans
By keeping cans of beans in your pantry, you can open the can, rinse, drain and add them to your recipes. If you bought dried beans, you would have to soak them, then cook until done. This tip can save you hours of cooking time!
3. Canned Biscuits
Use on top of pot pies, as mini pizza doughs or in desserts. Making homemade biscuit dough from scratch usually takes about 15-20 minutes. This cooking shortcut saves me time.
4. Canned crescent rolls
This light and flaky dough can be used in appetizer recipes, main dishes or in desserts.
5. Cook & Freeze
Freeze cooked basics in freezer bags like broth, sauces and soups. Then when you need an ingredient in a recipe, just take it out of the freezer, defrost in the microwave and it’s ready to use.
6. Premade Pie Crusts
Buying premade pie crusts from your grocer’s freezer section can save you about hour of cooking time.
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7. Slow Cooker
While I’m at work, my dinner is slowly cooking in the slow cooker. When I get home, dinner is ready. You can cook pretty much anything in a slow cooker, even cakes!
8. Chop Vegetables Quickly
Chopping onions makes my eyes sting. To solve this, peel an onion, quarter it, put in a food processor, then pulse a few times for chopped onions. You can chop garlic and herbs using this tip too.
9. Easy Way To Peel An Egg
After boiling my eggs I pour out the hot water and fill it with cold water. I let the eggs sit in the pot in the cold water for about 15 minutes. Then, I peel them. The membrane loosens and the shell comes off easily.
10. Salad Dressings In Plastic Bottles
I use homemade salad dressings, to avoid artificial colors and preservatives. I’ll add all the ingredients to a shaker bottle, then shake to mix. Make enough in advance to store and use later.