If you are busy at work, for sure, you don’t want to do anything else when you step outside of the office. And when you add in the pressure and time needed for travel to and from work, then you only end up with a few hours in a day to do things that you like. Work stress is one of the biggest reasons why many people do not have the energy any longer to cook at home.
It is understandable, though, given that you need to spend at least eight hours in the office (notwithstanding traffic). Eight hours is a lot of time for the grind, so there is nothing else that you want to do after work but to eat and sleep. This kind of lifestyle is very different from what is required by health professionals. Many would want everyone to spend some good time outdoors for their daily dose of Vitamin D. Many would want you to eat healthy, to maintain a regular fitness schedule, take customized vitamins, and to sleep at the right times. These are ideal, though, because these are impossible to achieve if you are doing graveyard and shifting schedules for work. Your internal clock gets mixed up, and it is you who would have to pay the price.
But, in fact, cooking is not that difficult as it seems to be. It is also not as complicated as it seems to be, because you have to go with the methods that work. There is no need to add extra methods that will only prolong your cooking, because some things may work even without these complicated steps. If you can shorten your cooking from one hour to thirty minutes, then you have shaved off a lot of time that you can use for other things. For example, instead of boiling potatoes for thirty minutes, you can instead steam them for ten minutes. It will produce the same results, just with the quarter of the time required.
Cooking at home can save your health and can also save you money. For one, you get to control what you put in your body; therefore, you know exactly all the ingredients that you are putting in every dish. Secondly, eating out is expensive, and so, if you eat at home, you save thousands of dollars accumulated in one year. To give you an idea, eating out for two for dinner in an average restaurant can cost you anywhere between $100 to $200. However, when you decide to do your grocery and to cook at home, your weekly bill for two can cost from $50 to $200 only. There is a big divide here, so if you want to save up, cooking and eating at home is the way to go.
But many people get scared of cooking because of this having a misconception that it is difficult to do. Many people say they “cannot cook,” but in reality, everyone can cook because it is incredibly easy to fry, steam, and boil. These are methods that you do not have to study in class; these come by naturally and you have to use some common sense to make it work.
There is no need to get scared with cooking. Here are cooking methods that are a terrible waste of time. Avoiding these can save you a lot of time and effort:
1. Preparing everything from scratch
It may sound astonishing to prepare everything from scratch. However, you also have to be realistic when it comes to your cooking. It may seem “cool” to make pasta from scratch, with even a pasta maker in tow that you have to roll by hand. However, it takes lots of practice, training, and hours for you to even get close to producing great pasta. If you are ready to spend two days in making pasta, then go for it.
However, if you are working and you have other things to think of, then be realistic and do not feel bad about buying ready-made pasta. Purchasing ready-made and boxed pasta may not sound legitimate, but it is the closest you can get to cooking your dish. Well, you still have to boil the pasta then prepare the sauce for it. So, in a way, you still get to cook your meal at home.
The same goes with other ingredients that you need for your dish, including sauces and bases. It may sound amazing to prepare all these from scratch, but it takes a lot of time and effort for you to do that. You need to spend a lot of time and use a lot of utensils to make it happen. It may be called “cheating” to use ready-made sauces and bases, but you are just making the most of what is available in groceries. Make sure that you are purchasing organic and minimally processed sauces; not those laden with sodium and preservatives. Read the labels before buying, so you are sure of the quality of the products you are getting.
2. Using a lot of cooking methods for one dish
French cooking is especially notorious for the use of various methods for a single dish. Unless you are a die-hard French food fan, you can choose to cut corners with dishes that you prepare. Most French dishes would have you fry, steam, bake, and boil, and would have you use many ingredients and techniques just for one dish. For sure, you don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen preparing your meals.
So, instead of using a lot of cooking methods for one dish, choose to prepare simple yet healthy and delicious meals. There are thousands of recipes available online and in cooking books, so do not be afraid to try. Simple-to-prepare meals do not mean that they are not yummy or worthy of trying. In fact, the simpler the dish is, the better it is for your health since you get to enjoy the full flavor of the meal to its fullest.
Preparing everything from scratch and using a lot of cooking methods for one dish are cooking methods that are a waste of time. You don’t have to do these waste-of-time techniques, especially if you are busy and don’t have much time to cook.