One of the biggest lies you see commonly in books and online is that you can cook a meal in ten minutes.
How often have you seen books with titles like ‘Ten Minute Meals’?
There are a few things you can cook in ten minutes but really these don’t get much more ambitious than beans on toast or ‘an egg’.
If you want to make an actual meal though, you’ll spend a lot more time in the kitchen.
The perfect example of this is when you see an instruction like ‘take your chopped onion’. Hang on a second! Where did this onion come from? Who chopped it? The onion fairies?
But even the books that don’t use these little tricks fail to acknowledge that you will spend more time clearing the surfaces, washing up afterward, finding the food in the cupboards and even shopping for those things. A ten-minute meal, in reality, takes 30 minutes if you’re lucky!
While I can’t promise to completely solve this issue though, there are some ways you can get around it and spend a little less time preparing meals. Here are some shortcuts that are free for you to use
Cook in Bulk
One of the best things you can do to spend less time cooking is to cook in bulk. This way, you cook a large pot of food that will provide more food than you need. Then, instead of dishing it all up, you put some of it away in the freezer or in the fridge.
This then, in turn, allows you to get it out on evenings when you’re in a rush and heat it up ready for dinner!
Use a Slow Cooker
A slow cooker can save you a ton of time in the kitchen because it cooks your food when you’re on the way home. You prepare the food that morning or the night before then leave it in the cooker. It turns on at about 4 pm and cooks slowly without risking a fire. When you get in at 6 pm, the food will be ready to eat!
Get the Right Appliances
Many appliances can save you a lot of time and effort. One of the best examples is the food processor. But another good one is a waste disposal unit for your kitchen sink. This lets you throw anything down the sink without risking blocking it!