Fast food cooking is not limited to prepared or frozen meals and cans. With good organization, you can prepare tasty dishes with fresh products very quickly. Here are some good tips to help you gaining more time and cook faster with ease.
1. Have a well equipped and organized kitchen
Organize your kitchen in order to have all that you need at your fingertips: pots and pans in a cupboard near the stove, ladle, slotted spoon and wooden spoon in a jar at the very close. Spices on top of a shelf, not to mention the cutting board, measuring instruments and knifes…
2. Prepare you work plan – countertop
Before you get in the kitchen, do what professional chefs call “the establishment” of preparing your kitchen countertop with all the ingredients and utensils necessary for the realization of your recipe (even if is just such a mold, a fork, a pastry, cream, eggs and ham). This will avoid going back and forth between the work plan, the fridge and cupboards.
3. Plan your menus in advance
Not to find yourself at home in the evening by asking “what I’m going to eat?”, try to plan your menus for the week by making big shopping tour during the weekend. So you will be purchasing a few fresh products during the week. And to give you menu ideas, check out regularly our express recipes – or subscribe to our RSS feed!
4. Make vinaigrette dressing in advance
To save time, the leaders make the vinaigrette in large quantities early in the week (oil and vinegar from your choice, salt, pepper or mustard). To keep it, just put it in a glass or plastic bottle. And then, just before using, simply shake the bottle to re-emulsify the preparation.
5. Prepare the ingredients …
If you have time on weekends, you can wash, peel and cut vegetables that you plan to cook during next week, keeping them in airtight containers in the bottom of the refrigerator. Or made into sauces and fresh purees that you can freeze.
6. Use prepared ingredients
Don’t confuse with prepared or frozen meals which are a complete dishes, prepared and cooked, then frozen. Supermarkets are now full of ingredients that simplify the kitchen. Sous-vide and frozen preparations are generally richer in flavor and nutrients than canned, but they are useful to replace long-cooking foods. You can buy frozen fish or vegetables for example.
7.Heat up more quickly
Remember to cover the water pan used to cook pasta, rice, etc… Do not forget to preheat the oven when preparing a pie, pizza, etc… and switch to microwave frozen ingredients that you want to cook.
And even faster, think about vegetables can be eaten without being cooked or peeled: tomato, cucumber, zucchini, cauliflower, peppers, endive…
Measure without weighing
Weighing each ingredient is really time consuming, excepted for pastry, where we sould be accurate. Don’t focus too much on the exact weight when following a recipe. Use your tastebuds to dose salt, spices, consistencies of sauces and so on… Here are just few visual conversion for your help:
- 10 g of salt (for 1 liter of water) = 2 leveled teaspoons
- 15 g powdered sugar = 1 tablespoon
- 10 g flour = 1 tablespoon
- 20 g uncooked rice = 1 tablespoon
- 15 g cream = 1 tablespoon
- 2 cl of liquid = 1 tablespoon
This just a little list of tips for helping to cook fast, especially when working at home or just having half an hour before returning to work. Not big deal, just organization and fun!
So what are your best practices for gaining time when cooking? What about your own tips for cooking fast ?