So much of what we read and hear every day is about saving time. Everything needs to be fast. From news networks being the first to the big stories to online shopping that promises next day delivery – speed is of the essence.
It applies through all aspects of life. If you’ve been at work all day, a few taps on an app can mean that food is delivered to your door mere moments before you arrive. There is an expectation that everything should be quick, convenient, and without hassle – and we in the populace just keep lapping it up.
The truth is, the more we rush, the more we lose. While urgency has its place, if you do everything in a hurry, then you will end up counting the cost. Nowhere is this more evident than with the food you choose to eat. Sure, the takeout menu is attractive when you have a lot going on. The TV dinner in the fridge is a valuable timesaver too. The problem comes when these things become the norm, because their nutritional value is very low. You’d be as well eating the cardboard they are packaged in for all the nutrition you can get.
You’ve Got A Kitchen – You May As Well Use It!
So if the above sounds familiar, take this chance to make a change. Take your time in the kitchen and get back to basics. While you will need to commit your time, what you’ll get in return is worth so much more. You’ll gain in health, in happiness and – not least of all – in flavor. What you learn along the way will be of use to you forever.
What You Need
Your tools of the trade will be healthy, raw ingredients and the right kitchen utensils.
If you’re currently panicking and thinking you will have to dedicate a huge amount of time to the boring parts of cooking, then there’s no concerns there. Learning to think in a time-positive way when it comes to how you cook does not mean you have to consign yourself to dull tasks. It means you just have to learn to utilize the items you do have and drag them out of the back of the cupboard, blow away the dust, and actually use them for once!
Most of us will have a plethora of different gadgets, most of which go unused in preference of quick snacks or easy takeout meals. To truly learn to love the time it takes to cook, you need to get your hands on…
- A food processor. Chances are you already have one – they’re something of a kitchen staple. Check it still works if it’s been awhile since you used one. If not, the likes of HealthyButSmart.com have some ideas on how to purchase. You won’t regret it; a food processor can cut down your time on the basics, giving you more space to focus on the tastes and textures of food.
- A blender. Especially useful if you fancy making your own frappés rather than relying on buying at a coffee shop. Can also be used to make juices, soup, and smoothies.
- A steamer. Food is much healthier when steamed, as Shape.com details.
Learning To Love The Time It Takes To Cook – 5 Things To Try
With your kitchen ready to go and the right equipment in place, here’s 5 ideas to encourage you to take your time and experience food more as a pleasure than something you just have to get done ASAP.
- Try a piece of chicken coated with each individual spice. You might know how to use them, but do you really know what each spice tastes like individually? It’s worth finding out so you can mix them to the best effect. Learning to appreciate the components will give you more desire to experiment, which takes time.
- Challenge yourself to make a meal with no set recipe in mind and the only challenge is to cook something. For the rest, use your ingenuity and creativity.
- Get your kids involved. Obviously be careful with the knives, but there’s plenty of things your children can do. They can monitor the progress of the food processor, tell you when the steamer pings, or just help you stack dishes ready to be washed. If you do this, any time you spend cooking is not wasted – it’s bonding time.
The above all have the same goal in mind: learning to focus on the process of cooking rather than just the finished meal itself. Who knows – you might discover you were a hidden foodie all along!