I thought I’d share a few kitchen gadgets/ tricks that I’ve found have genuinely helped me to spend less time in the kitchen:
1: Instantpot. I know these are so trendy at the moment and I’m not usually one to follow a trend. However, in case you have missed the craze, it is an electric pressure cooker/ slow cooker. I have the large size and regularly use it for making casseroles, rice and soups. I think what I appreciate the most about it is that I can set it up and WALK AWAY. So even though it is easy to cook rice in a pan, I often use the instant pot instead because I don’t need to hover. Rejoice!
2. Breadmaker. I used to make sourdough bread in the oven. I bought a second hand bread maker cheaply just before having babies as I thought that standard homemade bread would still be better than warbuttons. However, I have realised that it is great for making sourdough bread too. Once again the joy is that it is hands off. I use the dough function to mix, leave the sponge, mix some more flour in, leave and finally bake. The bread produced is lovely, and a very good size and shape. It is not ideal from a health perspective as my (and mot) bread machines have a non stick coating. However, we are in the season of compromises and I’m fine with this.
3. Frozen chopped onions and frozen ‘soffrito’. You can stir a pan while holding a baby, but have you ever tried chopping an onion with a wriggly baby in your other hand? Having ready prepared bases makes cooking real food so much easier. I have used chopped onions before with previous babies but soffrito is my latest top lazy person discovery. Ocado sell ready chopped onions with carrots and celery. I can throw it in my instant pot, soften with oil, tip a tin of tomatoes or other vegetable in and….. hey presto! A soup!
4. Real plans. This is the meal planning app I use. As time goes on I appreciate it more and more. I can hard,y believe it, but using this I have been able to more or less keep on top of cooking and shopping.