These meal prepping tips will save you time and money in the kitchen so you can spend more time doing the things you love without having to sacrifice your nutrition.
1. PREPARING WHAT YOU NEED
Professional chefs practice Mise En Place, which is French for “everything in its place." This means prepping your ingredients and tools prior to cooking your meals. This extra step will actually save you time, not to mention stress.Instead of searching for your spoons and measuring your spices while your food is overcooking, be sure to have everything prepped and ready for cooking ahead of time.
Before you start cooking, make sure that you have a clean workspace, clean cooking utensils, clean hands, and hair or jewelry secured and away from your food.This will cut down on prep and cooking time while reducing the risk of spreading bacteria.
3. BUY QUALITY
Every meal you make will be made from the ingredients you buy. This might seem obvious but using better ingredients will make better meals. Buy high quality natural or organic produce and meats. Never cook with a wine that you wouldn’t drink, and never cook with an oil unless it tastes good on its own. If it doesn’t taste good on its own, it won’t taste good in your food.
4. WASH YOUR FOOD
Before cooking, make sure that your meats, fruits, vegetables, etc. are all cleaned to prevent the spread of disease and bacteria. Be sure to wash your hands between the handling of different items. ALWAYS wash hands IMMEDIATELY after handling any raw meat products.
5. UTILIZE YOUR TONGS
Use them as an extension of your hands. They can be used to flip your meat, pull a pan out of the oven, and stabilize hot or messy ingredients (steak, chicken, pork, etc.) while you cut them.