Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Works for me Wednesday: Recipes in a flash

I have several recipes that we really like, but they require lots of spices and/or ingredients. One of the ways that I speed up preparation is to blend the dry ingredients in advance.

I collect and combine all of the dry ingredients as if I am making the recipe. Instead of continuing with the recipe, they are stored in a Ziploc bag in the freezer, labeled with the recipe name.

For example, one of our favorite recipes is Moroccan Chicken, which requires about 10 different spices. Preparing the spices in advance cuts the prep time tremendously. For this particular recipe, I make 4 or 5 bags at a time, using the small "snack size" Ziploc bags. When I begin making the recipe, I just take out the bag labeled "Moroccan Chicken" and my work is more than half done.

I make Amish Friendship Bread every 10 days, and bread making day doesn't always fall on a day that's convenient. I speed up the process by combining the dry ingredients at a time that is convenient for me, usually a few days in advance. Again, it cuts the prep time tremendously.

Works for me!

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justabeachkat said...

My aunt does this too. It really, really saves time.

Girl Gone Wild said...

What an awesome tip!!! I'm on it!

Toni said...

This is an excellent tip! I have several recipes that I love but don't cook very often because of all the ingredients. Now I'll have no excuse not to.