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We've all got busy lives. Honestly we get it. There are many things in life that we each need to prioritise, and what we choose to prioritise will be different for everyone. We know that a lot of people want quick meals that can be whipped up in minutes. The quicker and easier; the better.
While each of our recipes take less than 30 minutes to prepare, these few kitchen efficiency hacks are what we've learnt through across 15 years of cooking and could reduce this time even further.
1. Garlic and Ginger
Finely dice a bulk amount of fresh garlic and ginger. Put into seperate jars, cover with neutral cooking oil (rice bran), put the lid on and store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. Now whenever you need to add garlic or ginger to a recipe throughout the week, you have it there ready to go.
Another tip: add the garlic or ginger closer towards the end of cooking, as opposed to right at the beginning. This will allow the flavours to be more vibrant as more flavour will shine through. For example when cooking a curry, add the garlic and/or ginger in the final 5-8 minutes of cooking.
2. Boiling Water
When boiling a pot of water for say rice or potatoes, bring the water to a boil in the jug first. This takes 2 minutes to boil, rather than 8-10 minutes.
3. Peeling Vs. Washing Produce
You hardly ever need to peel produce. Just give it a wash instead. This saves not only time, but nutrients too which are found in the skins.
4. Cutting Cherry Tomatoes
If you need to cut multiple cherry tomatoes in half, place them all tightly in the centre of a chopping board and place something flat over the top such as a light shopping board or the lid to a container. Press down gently on the lid just enough so the tomatoes don't move (be careful not to squash them), and slice horizontally with a large sharp knife.
5. Removing Avocado Stone
Say goodbye to whacking the stone with a knife. Slice it in half, then seperate the two halves. Take the side with the stone still in, and pop it out by gently pressing the outer sides of the avocado together.
6. Rice and Lentils
Rice and lentils take the same amount of time to cook, so simmer them at the same time, together in the same pot. This saves time by reducing dishes.
7. Shop in Bulk
Not only does this reduce the amount of time you have to spend shopping, but also reduces the environmental impact from transportation (unless you are walking / biking of course). I tend to go once per month. When you shop at the bulk bin store, you can take any containers you have - they don't have to be perfect jars. Ice cream containers, the old Tupperwares lurking in the top of your pantry; anything will work.
8. Freeze Hard-to-get Ingredients
Such as kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, chillies, bay leaves, ginger, or any hard to find ingredients. Shop for them in bulk, store them in the freeze, that way you don't have to shop for them when you need them.