Tips For The Kitchen

Like many women, I am always on the lookout for easier and quicker ways to do my work in the kitchen. For quite a few years, I have done volunteering and have learned a few tricks from fellow volunteers as well as sharing some of my own.

Use a slow cooker. This is quick and easy and no need to spend time stirring and watching the cooking process. Less dishes to wash also.

Have frozen meatballs on hand. Make up a large batch, bake them in the oven and freeze in meal-size portions. Use in a favourite recipe such as Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Spaghetti and Meatballs or Meatballs in Gravy.

Always return utensils to their original place. This will save time when you go to use them again and don’t have to search for them. As my grandmother used to say, “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

Do as much bulk cooking as possible. When baking or cooking, double the recipe and freeze half of it. It doesn’t take any more time to mix it or wash the dishes, yet you’ll end up with twice as much food. It also helps to keep hot, soapy water in the sink and wash the dishes as you go. They’ll probably be air dried by the time you’re ready to put them away.

Use an ice-cream scoop to put muffin batter into tins.

When chopping cabbage, chop extra and keep in fridge in airtight plastic container. This will keep well for several days and will be ready for the next recipe.

Here’s an easy slow cooker recipe. EASY BEEF ROAST 1 -3-to 4-pound round roast (browned) Add to browning pan: 1/4 c. water

Pour over roast in slow cooker. Add:

1 pkg. onion soup mix Sprinkle of pepper

Cook in slow cooker 5 to 5-1/2 hours.

Add for a complete meal: Potatoes, turnips, carrots and onion.

Anne Riess writes from Unity, Saskatchewan

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