When you look at a recipe guide, you will always see the time it is supposed to take is separated into two different categories. The cooking time category is pretty obvious; that’s how long the food needs to be in contact with heat to be fit for consumption. However, the preparation time category is a little more mystifying – and it’s usually a lot longer than the cooking time.
There’s no doubt that preparing food for cooking is a time-consuming business. You can easily spend four times as long prepping food as you do actually cooking it, which can lead to a feeling of time being wasted. The need for prep also means that convincing yourself to cook a healthy meal after a long, arduous day of work is tough to do – prepping is rarely fun, and in those circumstances, a takeaway pizza sounds pretty appetizing.
However, food prep doesn’t have to be as time-consuming as it often is. If you want to slice minutes off those recipe prep times or just speed up your overall kitchen management, then here are a few
ways you can manage just that.
#1 – Pre-Prep Your Prep
If you’re currently staring at your screen in confusion, then bear with it, there is a nugget of a point in there!
If you spend a couple of hours a month diligently chopping everything you might conceivably need over the coming month, then you’ll be good to go when it comes to looking. Most food can be frozen when it has been chopped, and it can be cooked from frozen when required. It’ll save you a huge amount of time every evening (and it can be quite fun to make stacks and stacks of prepared vegetables)!
#2 – Get The Right Equipment
If you’re struggling to get a knife into food when chopping and your scissors need several goes to actually function, then you’re losing time you don’t need to lose. Not only does this problem apply to prep implements either; if you have old cooking equipment like pans, they can be a time-drain as well. It’s time to invest in something new.
If you’ve never bought good quality cooking equipment before, then it’s simple enough to learn how to choose the perfect kitchen knife and experiment with different pots and pans to improve heat conductivity.
#3 – Use Canned Food
There is something of a misconception about canned food; that it’s somehow unpleasant, or not very good to cook with. Nothing could be further from the truth. Tinned food is often preserved close to the time it has been harvested; the same cannot be said for fresh produce that will have travelled and sat in your fridge for a couple of days.
The other major benefit of tinned food is that it tends to already be prepared; cut into pieces so that it can fit inside the can. This alone could save you a lot of time and effort every night.
Prep time is annoying, but you should now have a better idea of how you can beat the recipe suggestion. With these techniques, you’ll spend more time enjoying and eating your food than preparing it – which as foodies can all agree, is the way it should be!