As you probably know, I am a big enthusiast for cooking and preparing food at home instead of dining out. It’s a better way to stay healthy, avoid chemicals and things like salt, and also save a lot of money at the same time!
Over the years I have discovered a lot of ways to save time and money when preparing food and drinks in the kitchen. One of the best things is that many of these tips, tricks and products are items you can buy once then use when necessary, saving you from long-term expenses.
My top kitchen additions to save time and money are below. I hope they make you a smarter, faster and more efficient chef!
Use reusable food containers to store meals
This is one of the simplest ways to reduce your food bills and eat healthier. Reusable food containers (some people call them meal prep containers) let you store cooked food in your refrigerator or freezer for days at a time, meaning you can eat when you want and prepare your healthy meals in bulk.
Any resealable containers are fine, although personally I like to buy my meal prep containers from Amazon and get them sent to me in bulk. A pack of 50 containers is enough to last me for at least one year, since you can reuse and microwave each container at least 10-20 times before it needs to be replaced.
Use Nespresso to prepare coffee faster without any waste
I used to prepare my coffee in the morning using instant coffee powder. Then, I realized that it’s full of chemicals and preservatives to keep it fresh for so long. It also tastes horrible. So, I made the switch to using espresso beans and a French press to prepare my coffee to save time.
This gives me a better taste and coffee that costs about the same amount, but it’s very annoying to have to clean the machine so frequently after making coffee. So, in the last year, I made the switch again to using a Nespresso machine.
There are downsides of Nespresso. First, it’s a little bit more expensive than buying coffee beans in bulk and grinding them yourself for a regular espresso machine. Second, it’s not available in every shop, meaning you have to visit some international supermarkets. I use BestNespressoCapsules.com to check for flavors and just order online to save time.
Clean all dishes once per day, not as soon as you use them
This trick has saved me a lot of time in the kitchen. Instead of cleaning all of my dishes once I’m finished with them, I will rinse them and let them sit until the evening. Then, after I’ve prepared dinner, I will wash and dry all of the dishes at once.
The downside of this is that you have some dirty dishes in the sink throughout the day, but since I do the bulk of my cooking in the evening it’s a big time-saver. It’s also good for your hands and skin to not have to expose yourself to cleaning soap often, since it will dry out your skin and stop you from having softer hands.
These are my top three kitchen and food prep tips. What are yours? Let me know and I will try them out and, if I like them, add them to my next list.