Yesterday I made Fishmama’s Turkey Pot Pie for supper.
I don’t know how often you make pie crust, but I don’t do it often enough to just “whip it out.” It takes some effort. Time. After making the crust, and stirring the roux and chopping the veggies and assembling the meal, I thought two things:
- This better taste good! (it did)
- I am so glad I made two.
- Yay! We have enough left for pie crust pleasers.
Ok. make that three things.
Even though cooking is one of my favorite activities, there are other things that need to be done around here. In order to save time and money while cooking, I try to maximize my efforts when making a meal.
Simply said, I make more.
If I’m making one pie crust, why not make two? Browning one pound of hamburger, why not brown five? It doesn’t take much more time, and I end up saving money because there are “meals ready to eat” in my freezer on tough days. For our family of 5 (with three small children) it’s often not even necessary to double a recipe. For no extra effort, I split the meal into two pans. As an added bonus, we’re not eating leftovers all week!
In the last two weeks I’ve frozen three extra meals during my regular supper preparation time. All my family will have to do while I’m away at Blissdom is warm up whichever meal sounds good to them. They’ll be thankful for the food, and I’m super glad to have those meals prepared without taking a separate day to do it!
Sometimes saving our time is just as important as saving our money.
How do you save time in the kitchen?
This post is linked to Frugal Friday.