Saving time in the kitchen, part 2

January 25, 2011

It’s time-saving week here at Staying Vegan, and today we’re digging a little deeper into saving time preparing your delicious vegan meals.  As I said yesterday, there are some simple tricks you can do to save time (and there are some great ideas in the comments) but I want to take this a different way and present some concepts you might not have considered before.

Why haven’t you thought about them?  Because they’re blindingly obvious, but only when said out loud: the key to saving time preparing meals is to spend less time preparing meals, and doing one thing means not doing another thing.  Cryptic much?  Here’s a better explanation:

Tomorrow I’ll give the first of two examples of something I’ve chosen to do, at the expense of something I actually enjoy, because my goal is to get to that magic 2 minutes of savings that’s going to yield me 12 hours of extra time over the course of the year.

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Amanda January 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

Using my ginormous food processor has a tendancy to eat up a lot of time due to the clean-up phase following. The other day I was trying to “veganize” cottage cheese, with disasterous results. I spent at least an hour and 12 blocks of tofu trying new ways to flavor and texturise it like cottage cheese….discovered many new delicious dips, but no bueno on the cottage cheese.
I wonder if anyone else has ran into the same problem trying to veganize something, and not having it work out. It can be frustrating, especially with food that used to be one of your favorites.

Jason January 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

My veganizing hasn’t gone too badly, but allow me to rant for a moment about cleaning food processors – is it 100% impossible to design a lid that doesn’t have 500 tiny grooves in it? I feel like the only way I’ll ever get the lid close to “factory clean” is with FIRE, and since it’s plastic I doubt that’ll work very many times. Oh, and then there’s how food gets up inside the spindle hole on the S blade, which I pretty much only have the spray nozzle as a cleaning option, so basically blunt force. I’d use that thing so much more if it wasn’t such a mess.

Amanda January 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I hear you. Thankfully I do have a small, 1 cup size food processor. It’s fantastic because the lid doesn’t have a million grooves, and the mini S blade is dishwasher safe. It’s pretty great for things like onions, garlic, and peppers, but anything bigger, and I have to dirty up the bigger beast.

Colleen January 26, 2011 at 10:55 am

I’ve cut time off cleaning the food processor by rinsing it thoroughly immediately after using. Those little nooks and crannies where food gets stuck and which are impossible to reach – not such a problem with the immediate rinse.

Also, I envy people who can shop as infrequently as every two days – I do the shopping for two alone and find it’s just too heavy and hard on the back to carry stuff for more than one day. 🙁

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