Cooking Time Saver: Learn to Estimate Measurements

By September 16, 2011Cooking

While I continue to work on my Cupcake eBook, I’m leaving you in good hands! I’m super excited to have Tiffany from Eat at Home join us today! She shares great recipes and tips that will save you time in the kitchen, like these tips to save cooking time!

Do you ever cook in a hurry? Are you ever in a rush to get food on the table or dinner in the crockpot before you run out the door in the morning?

Yep. Me too.

One way to speed up your cooking is to learn to eyeball measurements. You can save precious minutes by not having to grab the measuring spoons. And your cooking will get better too as you learn to trust yourself with the seasonings.

Here are a few tips:

Measure a tablespoon and teaspoon into the palm of your hand. Now you know what each should look like and you can skip the measuring spoons.

Know what can be estimated and what needs to be exact. The amount of oil you cook veggies in doesn’t need to be exact. Pour a small swirl of oil in the pan and add more if needed. Most seasonings in recipes can also be estimated. Baked goods, however, require more exact measurements.

Herbs are more forgiving than spices. Herbs, like oregano, basil, parsley and others don’t pack the flavor punch that spices do. A bit too much or too little oregano won’t have the impact on a dish like too much curry powder or cayenne pepper. If you feel unsure, measure the spices and estimate the herbs.

Salt and pepper are usually added to taste. Learn to know how light or heavy your family prefers these flavors. The exception would be in baked goods where an exact measurement of salt is needed.

Dump and cook. When using a slow cooker, not only do you not need to measure everything, but sometimes you can skip stirring the seasonings in too. Pour the ingredients in, let it cook, stir before serving. Unless the foods need to be coated in sauce, like slow cooker ravioli, it works just fine to skip the stirring. Sometimes, every minute counts!

If you want to save even more time cooking, check out Feast in 15, Speed Cooking Weeknight Dinners. All the recipes can be made in just 15 minutes or less.

There are even 2 weekly menus with complete grocery lists in the book. When you’re really pressed for time, the planning has been done for you!

Use the coupon code Hoosier for a 20% discount, bringing the price to just $3.99!

Tiffany King helps families put dinner on the table by sharing recipes, menus with complete grocery lists and cooking tips on her blog Eat at Home. Her husband and 4 kid are her best taste-testers.

Thanks so much Tiffany! Those are GREAT tips!

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