7 Brilliant Tips to Save Time & Money in the KitchenJune 14, 2016
Although I absolutely love cooking meals for my family, I do like to be efficient and economical in the kitchen. Saving time & money is always a good thing, if you ask me! Today, I’ll be sharing 7 different ways you can save time & money in the kitchen. From Hefty Ultra Strong trash bags to freezing herbs for later use, keep reading for smart tips!
7 Brilliant Tips to Save Time & Money in the Kitchen
1. Hefty Ultra Strong trash bags:
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2. Freezing herbs:
How many times have you needed some mint (or another herb) for a recipe and only used a little bit of it? Then, you forgot about it and it spoiled in the refrigerator. Avoid that fate by always freezing your herbs. You can freeze them in oil or water. I recently bought a bunch of mint to make Mint Lemonade. I simply chopped up the mint and added a small amount into little ice cubes.
I topped it with some water and popped the tray in the freezer.
A few hours later, I had mint ice cubes. I can place these inside a zippered freezer bag and always have mint available!
3. Meal Planning:
We love planning our meals whenever possible. We usually only plan meals on weekdays and leave the weekends off for some variability and spontaneity. On a weekend, we might eat out or visit family or friends. Planning out your meals only takes a few minutes and then when you go shopping for the week’s groceries, you can be sure to buy what you need for the week’s meals.
Bonus Tip: To save even more money, consider planning out your week’s meals according to your supermarket’s sales circular. Is tilapia on sale this week? How about some Spicy Fish Tacos? In this way, you will save even more money by buying groceries that are on sale.
4. Re-growing veggies:
Creating a vegetable garden in your yard is a great way to have an abundance of fresh produce at your disposal. You can grow everything from lettuce to tomatoes and more. However, if you have no room for a full garden, you can still re-grow some veggies on your kitchen counter top. Simply place the onions (root side down) in a few inches of water. Here’s what the onions looked like after only a few hours.
Here’s what the onions looked like after about 12 hours. Imagine if you had a whole bunch of these growing!
5. Frozen fruits/veggies:
One way I save time and money every week is by using frozen fruits and vegetables. I love having frozen peaches, frozen cherries, frozen broccoli, frozen peas and more always available. You don’t have to deal with washing, cutting and prepping the food. It’s all ready to be cooked! And since most frozen food is harvested & frozen at peak ripeness, much of the original vitamins & minerals are preserved. I can pour out some frozen peas into a bowl.
And only a few minutes later in the microwave, I have a healthy, nutritious side dish that will complement any protein for dinner!
6. Produce storage:
When it comes to storing fruits and vegetables, there is definitely a right and wrong way to do things. Keep these tips in mind to maximize the amount of time your produce will stay fresh.
- Keep produce in perforated plastic bags in the produce drawer. Simply pierce the bags with holes.
- Keep fruits & veggies separate since the ethylene gas can facilitate spoilage.
- Store herbs upright in a glass of water.
- Avoid washing veggies until it’s time to use them. Keeping them as dry as possible will keep them fresh & crisp longer.
7. Homemade iced coffee:
Enjoy a daily cup of joe? Skip the local coffee shop and create an at-home coffee station. Stock it with all the essentials you’ll need to make a delicious cup of coffee: coffee maker, sugar, syrup, cinnamon, cocoa powder, stirrers and more. By keeping everything contained in one area, you can save time from running all over the kitchen to find the items you need for a yummy cup of coffee (or tea or hot chocolate).
Bonus Tip: Enjoy iced coffee? Freeze some extra coffee in long ice cube molds.
When you’re ready to ice your coffee, you can slip these long iced coffee cubes into a to-go bottle.
Sipping iced coffee on-the-go has never been easier or more delicious!
I hope these tips have helped you save some time & money in the kitchen. Now, I’d love to hear from you! How can Hefty Ultra Strong trash bags make your life easier in the kitchen? What tricks do you use to save time when prepping food?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.