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Monday, September 26, 2016

No More Convenience Food: Master Homemade Meals Today!

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Most people don't tend to link the words 'cooking' and 'convenience' together at all. In fact, many of us would go so far as to say that cooking is an inconvenience to most of our lives. It takes time, it's messy, and with other family responsibilities at hand it often just doesn't seem worth the hassle. But neglecting your ability to cook fresh, homemade meals can have a severe impact on your family life and health. The notion of eating together as a family is something that is quickly being wiped from our societies - so many families are not spending time together as they once did. From a health angle, relying on takeout and microwave meals instead of home cooked ones can lead to weight gain throughout the whole family and general ill health. But what do you do if you still really don't think you have the time or skill to cook healthy meals for you family? Think again - as long as you know a few easy hacks, cooking doesn't need to be the inconvenience you thought it was.


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Batch cook

Consider how you currently prepare a meal. Do you cook just what is needed for that one evening? Or even worse, do you throw away any excess food that doesn't need to be plated up right there and then? Cooking in batches - making more than you need - is a great way to prepare meals in advance and to save your future self time. For example, if you are making something simple like a homemade pasta sauce, and the recipe says it's for three people - simply double the quantities of all the ingredients you use. That way, you immediately have another portion to serve to your family the following night. Or, you can freeze it for up to three months.

Better appliances

You can't be expected to work miracles in the kitchen if the equipment you are working with simply isn't up to par. If it takes you ages to heat up your stove, or if you oven simply doesn't cater for a family of four, you might want to think about investing in some new cookware. For example,  this 4 rack bradley smoker enables you to cook multiple cuts of meat (or other food) in it at once. So even if you have fussy kids on your hands, you can still get a good meal on the table for each of them within an hour.


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Better utensils

The same ethos goes for your kitchen utensils as well. Chopping vegetables with a blunt knife is painstaking and you are actually much more likely to hurt yourself with one. Re-stock your kitchen with a bunch of utensils that will save you time and money in the long run. Another great example of this is a crock pot, as that way you can simply put all your ingredients in there in the morning, and you will have a hearty family meal waiting for you to serve up in the evening.

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