Time-Saving Tips Help Keep Cooking Simple
(NAPSA) – Families are increasingly looking for ways to make their lives hassle-free. Finding the time and energy to prepare and clean up from a family dinner can be almost overwhelming with today’s hectic lifestyle. Every step that eases the burden makes a big difference.
One way consumers are looking to save time is with products that are packaged for convenience. For example, a recent national consumer survey commissioned by Hunt’s Tomatoes found that 80 percent of consumers say packaging innovations make their lives easier.
‘You want to set up your kitchen and pantry so that when you get home at the end of the day, it’s as easy to whip up dinner as it would be to call for takeout,’ explains Alton Brown, author of best-selling cookbook I’m Just Here For the Food. ‘That means paying attention to details, from carefully choosing the tools you use, to how you stock your freezer, right down to the kind of ketchup bottle you buy. You want the entire operation to be streamlined and hassle-free.’
Brown offers these simple steps to help take the hassle out of mealtime:
- Keep your kitchen stocked with spices and condiments. Adding a quick dash of flavor can turn a bland dish into an appetizing meal in seconds.
- When shopping, select products that minimize the mess and make preparation hassle-free-Hunt’s, for example, has introduced new Perfect Squeeze ketchup, the first upside-down, no-mess ketchup bottle.
- Plan your menu ahead of time and make sure you have all the ingredients and ‘hardware’ (pots, pans, etc.) before you start cooking.
Keep it simple
- Choose easy-to-make recipes and family favorites that can also be tomorrow’s lunch. Many sauces and salads taste even better the second day.
- Engage the entire family in mealtime preparation and clean up-a little work by everyone means a lot less for you.
To help you get started, Brown offers this easy recipe: