Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?
I always try to be prepared ahead of time when it comes to cooking. I will shop on Saturday and cook on Sunday for the whole week. I choose foods that can be frozen and taken out whenever needed. This saves time so you're not cooking every night.
WHEN IT COMES TO COOKING DESERTS, I AM THE ONE WHO HAS TO COOK THEM.
Don't throw out that stale piece of French or Italian bread! Cut it into chunks and put chunks in a food processor to make your own breadcrumbs. If you don't have a food processor, use a box grater. Store crumbs in a ziplock bag in the freezer. (Squeeze out excess air before closing bag.)
Before you pour sticky substances into your measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the water but don't dry the cup. Next add your ingredient such as peanut butter and watch how easy it comes out.
make sure you drain off the fat when you brown the hamburger for casserole dishes you make.
If you store in a plastic bag or container, adding a dry paper towel helps vegetable produce last a lot longer. I add one to all of my cut up veggies and bags of lettuce
My postal scale doubles as a food scale for weighing meats and cheeses to help keep me on track. It's always handy and leaves no doubt about my calorie intake for a meal.
My husband and I do our weekly meal planning before we go to the grocery store. This gives us 2 advantages.
1. We don't have to ask the dreaded question: "What are we going to have for dinner tonight?"
2. By sticking to the list, we only buy what we need, which saves money too.
Keep a roll of tape near your work area. When you open plastic bags but don't use all the contents, roll the top of the bag down expelling the air within. Tape it down so that nothing spills or gets into the bag.
The week is so busy, that I prepare the main part of Monday-Friday's meals on the weekend, then freeze them for my husband and I. At dinner I simply re-heat and serve with fresh or steamed veggies. FAST & EASY!