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Practical Cooking Tips for Singles

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  • I Recently purchased a mini oven (Oster) that was on markdown to clear store shelf space for a new item. I have had to find pans a bit smaller than usual, but it is working pretty well since I don't have to make a lot of large family dinners. It is still a good bit larger than a toaster oven, so I can do a lot more with it. I also do a lot of grilling (counter or table top models) and don't forget the microwave to reheat food from the refrigerator or freezer so you can use all of the food in storage, and other quick items like tea and oatmeal. I make mini muffins so they are a good serving size for me and they don't have all of the added ingredients that are in the big muffins in stores that have so many calories they should be served in quarters.
  • Great info, thanks!
  • I find it's easier if I cook just for myself. Im taking care of me. :)
  • What if you don't have friends to dine with?
  • During the Korean War we ate food that was frozen during WW2 - at least 6 years earlier. Those two-month and six-month rules are laughable.
    Actually, I'm eating healthier since I'm only preparing my meals for one. I plan ahead and cook large batches so I always have something to take to work for lunch. If I'm turning on the oven or firing up the grill, I go ahead and make enough for a week. Otherwise it seems wasteful.
  • I gave away almost all my plastic food containers. I now use a food sealer. I not only seal leftovers, but use the bags to break down foods into more manageable portions, including fresh fruit & vegetables. Recipes with multiple servings are great time savers.
  • CLAY10237
    Sorry the computer jumped.......this way the pieces should be separate and easier to pull out a serving. Blanche broccoli or cauliflower before freezing in pieces, like for the fruit. But why freeze some of this bought is less expensive, at least for vegs. You don't have to buy the sweetened frozen fruit.
  • CLAY10237
    When freezing fresh fruits, put individual pieces (sliced or not) on a parchment or waxed paper lined cookie sheet or tray. Freeze until very firm, then put in your container.
    This was a great post, thank you! I recently read an article on how you can eat well to keep your hearing healthy, and it had some more good recipes for dinner for two:
  • It is mostly just me an my partner at home. Half the time he doesn't eat with me. He sometimes has a late lunch and I am starving when he gets home. So I often eat alone. Another challenge is that I am a vegetarian and he is not. I cook the meat separately and I do go out of my way to buy good quality meat for him. If I wait to cook the meat until he is getting hungry I am so much better off. Sometimes he does not even eat the meal I prepared so the meat is just hanging out in the fridge and if I mixed it into his portion of say pasta I have ruined any chances that I will eat it. So more than just cooking small I have to juggle different diets.
  • I am working on my third degree, but I'm still a young college student. One of my degrees is in culinary management, so I have a few peculiarities pertaining to food, so I really appreciate that the article ended with a few guidelines to food safety.

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