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2007/06/13 18:22:32 (permalink)

Tips for saving time on cooking.

Just after some tips on how to save spending loads of time preparing meals...I've spent more time making food today thna I have in the last month probably!

I guess the obvious is cook food and then refrigerate it. But what foods are and quantites of food are ok to do this with?

How long can they remain refrigerated etc.

What meals do you prepare and then store? How often do you have to cook this way?

Sorry for a question that probably has a pretty simple answer but I'm 19 and not used to preparing my own meals and generally lead a busy lifestyle with college etc. so don't want to be spending too much time cooking.

Thanks. Ryan.
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 19:04:04 (permalink)
    Soaking grains like oats & rice greatly reduces their cooking time. You can chuck meat, sweet potatoes & other veg in a roasting tray with a splash of EV Olive Oil and just leave it to cook while you get on with other things. I microwave chopped onions with a splash of EV OO which makes them go like fried onions but without having to stand over a frying pan stirring them.

    What sort of stuff do you eat? Maybe we can find ways to speed up its preparation.
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 19:08:57 (permalink)
    i prepare jacket spuds 6 or more at a time and keep them in the fridge for up to a week. I make chilli and portion it out and stick that in the freezer. Salads can be made for a few days before they start to wilt and go funny. homemade MRP shakes can be kept for a few days as well, smoothies arent a good idea as i recommend drinking them within 24+36 hours from making them. Rice and pasta are also good to make in advance just make sure to add a bit of water when heating them back up again as they will often be stuck together. Lean meats can be kept for up to a week in a good fridge and a personal favorite of mine is making protein bars and wraping htem in clingfilm which can keep for up to 2 weeks at a time
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 19:10:01 (permalink)
    i can do 8 meals for the day in less than20 minutes

    put your alarm clock on 20 minutes earlier
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 19:17:57 (permalink)
    Prep stuff at the weekend.

    Or choose 2 days during the week, i.e. Sunday and Wednesday and cook stuff in bulk.
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 19:48:27 (permalink)
    Thanks for the replies :D

    Some good ideas...I particularly like the gettign up early one as I need to stop being a lazy bugger!

    Mostly eating oats, rice, turkey steaks, chicken breasts, eggs, tuna, and pita breads...and of course veg. Any top tips on giving stuff mroe flavour as well? lol fussy git I know...just tinned tuna in a pita bread on it's own isn't the tastiest thing in the world! I guess salad is the obvious thing to add...what about cheese? Cheese has quite abit of good fats and protein in doesn't it?

    Thanks again, Ryan.
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 19:53:26 (permalink)
    spices are your friends mate. Salt and pepper for anything really. Season the tune with some salt and pepper a splash of lea and perrins and some lemon juice. Mild chilli powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, basil, sage, rosemary are all good choices just google some ideas for what you eat.

    Rice - good way to spice it up is buy some pilau rice seaoning or crumble a chicken oxo cube or two in the water
    pitta breads 0 cant suggets much with these really
    salads, mix it up, have raw carrots peppers cherry tomatoes and beetroot for a sweet tasting salad
    turkey steaks can be seasoned with anything that takes your fancy, try it with some tikka powder or some chicken seasoning, jerk seasoning or anything that takes your fancy
    eggs go great with some ketchup or if you want deviled eggs simply boil them whole split them in two and take yolks and mash them up with some hellmans 5% fat mayo and sprinkle with paprika

    As for healthy cheeses i recommend a brand called Leskol as the fats in it are reduced but they are full of mono and poly based fats instead of 35% saturated like normal cheddar, also try fromage frais fat free, quark, cottage cheese or 5% fat cream cheese to add some spice
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 20:43:40 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: OoOGazOoO

    Prep stuff at the weekend.

    Or choose 2 days during the week, i.e. Sunday and Wednesday and cook stuff in bulk.



    For a minute there i thought that said cook stuff in the buff!!

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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 20:57:43 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: theiopener

    spices are your friends mate. Salt and pepper for anything really. Season the tune with some salt and pepper a splash of lea and perrins and some lemon juice. Mild chilli powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, basil, sage, rosemary are all good choices just google some ideas for what you eat.


    The more the better if you ask me.

    Rice - good way to spice it up is buy some pilau rice seaoning or crumble a chicken oxo cube or two in the water

    Mass cook and freeze mine every week with the Pilau seasoning will try out the Chicken oxo this week for sure

    As for healthy cheeses i recommend a brand called Leskol as the fats in it are reduced but they are full of mono and poly based fats instead of 35% saturated like normal cheddar, also try fromage frais fat free, quark, cottage cheese or 5% fat cream cheese to add some spice


    Where do you get that Leskol from, have not seen that one.

    Some great tips by the way.
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 21:00:51 (permalink)
    they do it in ASDA mate its good stuff under £1.50 per 200g
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 21:43:33 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: theiopener

    they do it in ASDA mate its good stuff under £1.50 per 200g


    Cheers mate.
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 21:49:49 (permalink)
    Cook everything on Sunday, 2-3 days worth in the fridge, the rest of the week in the freezer.
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 23:29:47 (permalink)
    hehe I have a new question...what's a good way of cooking and stroing rice so it doesnt alls tick together? Think I cooked it too long! And I put waaay too much on at once too...you can tell I'm an amateur!! haha...
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 23:34:43 (permalink)
    ok cooking rice is fairly easy simply add double the amount in water as you do in rice. So if you add 1 mug of rice add two cups of water. Also to stop it sticking make sure you rinse it well with boiling water as this will get rid of the starch and make it easier to store and handle. Also make sure you use brown basmati as the taste and texture are superb
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 23:49:50 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: ToxicToffee

    i can do 8 meals for the day in less than20 minutes

    put your alarm clock on 20 minutes earlier
    would you care to say how you do this?
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 23:51:13 (permalink)
    i can gina. just put everything on at once, chicken in the foreman, rice on the boil as well as veggies and viola 8 meals in 20 minutes
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 23:55:04 (permalink)
    cheers mate ill try that,might go and get a forman tomorrow everyone else says they save time
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/13 23:55:45 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Ryanm8655

    hehe I have a new question...what's a good way of cooking and stroing rice so it doesnt alls tick together? Think I cooked it too long! And I put waaay too much on at once too...you can tell I'm an amateur!! haha...


    After it's cooked chuck in some olive oil before you fridge it mate, it keeps the rice a nice texture and stops it clumping together
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    RE: Tips for saving time on cooking. 2007/06/14 08:39:35 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: ginasmg


    ORIGINAL: ToxicToffee

    i can do 8 meals for the day in less than20 minutes

    put your alarm clock on 20 minutes earlier
    would you care to say how you do this?



    if someone lends me a video camera i will youtube it
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