I didn’t start learning to cook until I was 27. I may have a lazy streak, and cooking just seemed like a pain in the ass.
But last night I was eating a super nom-y dinner that took four minutes to make, and it inspired me to share all of my favorite food makin’ tricks…
Prepare: My food co-op has a farmer’s market every Wednesday. (If you have a way to hit up a farmer’s market there is no excuse not to. They are full of great deals and it’s such a soulful feeling to meet the person who cared for, and is making a living from, the food you eat. I swear, it even tastes better!) Buy up your goodies and chop them immediately while listening to your favorite radio show. It’ll be a lovely way to spend your time, and you’ll be set with ready-to-grab veggies all week.
Doctor it up: I know that buying frozen isn’t great. It’s not as nutritious and the packaging sucks, I know. But it’s just so very EASY AND CHEAP! I like to get frozen treats from Trader Joe’s for two bucks for whatever, and doctor ’em up with (already cut) fresh veggies and whatnot. Make enough for lunch later in the week!
Pureed Garlic: Did you know you can squirt garlic out of a tube? It’s totally a thing! I looooove garlic, and this makes it totally fast and easy-squeezy (ha!) to enjoy.
Potato tips: Boil ’em first to cut down cook time. To get them browned and crispy, dry all of the water away with a paper towel and toss in super hotty-hot oil.
Cheap amazing steak: Grab a cheap steak and cover both sides in sea salt. (Yes, it has to be sea salt!) Almost immediately you should see water pooling on the surface. (Water that would otherwise steam, making your steak tough.) An hour later rinse it off really good, and, again, dry ALL of the water away with a paper towel and toss in super hotty-hot oil. (In a cast iron if possible.) Let the steak chill out for about five minutes before cutting to retain the juices. Mmmmmmmmeat.
What are your best tricks?