3 Cooking Hacks All Moms Should Know

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Mothers are repeatedly made to do everything at once. You never have a moment where there's one task that needs to be completed - it's always four or five tasks simultaneously! Today, you'll learn a few little tricks that will make one of your common tasks far easier. Yes, as you can see from the title, I'm talking about cooking. We all have to cook, and it can take such a long time. Not only that, but it can also stop us from doing other tasks, so we end up with a backlog after dinner.

Don't worry, your cooking nightmares will be a thing of the past when you start adopting these tips:

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Buy a vegetable chopper

Normally, it doesn't take long to actually cook your food. Instead, it takes ages to prepare everything - mainly, chopping the vegetables. So, get your hands on a vegetable chopper to do the hard work for you. There are electric ones that cost a lot but work exceptionally well, and there are manual ones that are a lot cheaper. Clearly, the expensive ones work better and help you chop everything a lot faster. However, the manual ones still work really well and will save lots of time. It's really up to you to decide how much you're willing to spend.

Boil water in the microwave or kettle

If you're making pasta, rice, potatoes - or anything else that needs boiling water - don't fill the pan up with cold water. This is a rookie mistake as it takes ages to heat up. Instead, boil the water before you put it in the pan. I like to put a small bit in the pan, then turn it up to the maximum heat setting while the kettle boils. The water in the kettle/microwave will take a minute or so, and you can add it to your hot pan. Just like that, you have boiling water ready to use within two minutes.

Slow cooking is your friend

Ironically, simmering things on a low heat can be more time-efficient than cooking quickly. This is because you can go away and do other things while your food cooks. I will often have a crock pot roast on Sundays that sits on the stove and bubbles away for a few hours. Simultaneously, I can do some ironing, catch up on any work, help the kids with their school work, etc. You can even start cleaning the utensils you used to prepare the meal while it cooks! It's so simple, and most slow-cooking recipes involve chucking loads of ingredients into a pot and leaving them to cook - effortless.

The first two hacks will help you get dinner on the dining room table a lot quicker than usual. The third one is excellent at giving you more time to do other things. To be honest, all three of these tips will take your cooking to another level. It will no longer be a chore that you dread, but something you genuinely look forward to!

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