I love to bake! I always have. I love to bake so much that for our first anniversary, my husband bought me a new set of pots and pans…and I was thrilled! My love of baking is probably due to the fact that many of my memories of my Mother are in the kitchen. She is a wonderful cook and taught me so much. I am blessed with grandmothers who cook just as wonderfully, and now a mother-in-law, who is also an excellent cook. To me, cooking is a way to show how much I care, as the women in my family continue to show daily. It’s a labor of love. The dishes aren’t always necessarily as much fun, but I still continue to cook. Over my years of baking, I’ve learned many shortcuts. Here are a couple things I’ve learned.
- A freezer is your friend! Work ahead and plan ahead when you have the time so you can save yourself time down the road.
- Dice an onion (or several) all at once. Place a handful on top of a piece of Seran Wrap. Wrap and tie into a bundle. Place several bundles into a freezer bag and freeze. When you need onion for a recipe, pull out a bundle to defrost quickly.
- Buy hamburger in bulk when it goes on sale. Wrap in foil into 1 or 1.5 pound increments. Freeze.
- Cook and dice several pounds of chicken at once. Freeze in bags of cubes so you can quickly assemble future recipes.
- Make a double batch of cookies to freeze. Who doesn’t love homemade cookies? Wrap them in pairs and put them in the freezer. When you are packing your school lunches, grab a pair and toss them into your child’s lunch. By the lunchtime, the cookies will be thawed and ready for your child (or your husband) to enjoy!
What kitchen shortcuts do you have, to save you time and money?