Six Tips to Make Home Cooking Easier

by | Dec 30, 2018 | Vkitchen Tips | 114 comments

So, you have decided to cook at home. But the task still seems somewhat daunting, complicated, and time consuming.

Well it doesn’t have to be so. With a little bit of planning and some basic habits, you can turn cooking at home into something fun, quick and simple. Here’s how.

  1. Plan Meals Ahead

Make it a habit to plan ahead for your meals. It doesn’t have to be extremely detailed, just try to plan what kind of meat and veggies you are going to eat for each day of the week, and do your groceries shopping at one go. It saves time as you don’t have to go shopping every other day, and when you cook as well.

  1. Choose Simple Recipes

  A good meal doesn’t have to be something extravagant. Combining four or five ingredients in the right way can result in a very satisfactory experience. Stick to simple recipes for your weekday meals. Also, read the recipes in full before you start cooking. It actually saves time and trouble when you don’t have to go back for every step.

  1. Choose the Right Tools

Basic kitchen tools can make a lot of difference in the kitchen. Invest smartly in tools so that you always have everything you need at your hand. Choose one sharp chef’s knife that will cut everything from onions to steak. Buy large pots and pans which can handle high heat and large volumes. Invest in an efficient measuring cup set to keep your cooking tight, like our KitchenVPro here.

  1. Do Meal Prep Beforehand

Use the weekend to make a few staples that will help you through the week. For example, roasting a whole chicken can make your life easier. Use the chicken for salads, pastas, stir-fries, chilis etc. Use the bones to make stock, which can be used in different dishes over the course of the week. Roast potatoes and veggies in batches, fry onions and peppers beforehand. When you have to cook after a long work day, these little things will seem like blessings.

  1. Have Two or Three Sauces Always at Hand

  You can transform your cooking completely just by using a different sauce. The same ingredients can come alive in totally different ways when cooked with different sauces. Always have two or three different sauces in your cupboard with which you can spice up your everyday meals.

  1. Keep Things Ready Before You Start Cooking

This is a really simple thing that can mess things up big time if not followed. Have all the condiments, seasonings, and meat and vegetable sections at hand before you start cooking. Sure, you can save time by chopping and peeling while a dish cooks on the stove, but that’s only after you have acquired a certain amount of skill. Even if you’re skilled, being in a state of preparedness always saves time in the long run.

Conclusion

Our life is busy, and we have increasingly little time on our hand to take care of ourselves. But self-care is equally important, and home cooking is a great way of ensuring your own nutrition and health. So whenever you feel daunted by the prospect of cooking, just remember this is the highest form of self-care, and follow these steps. Trust us, it will be smooth sailing in no time!