Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Tip of the Day

At the suggestion of IslandSparrow below, I have linked this tip to "Works for Me Weds" at Shannon's Rocks in My Dryer blog.

I don't have a lot of time to spend cooking, yet I enjoy making good meals. I started buying and cooking a whole bag of boneless chicken breasts and three pounds of ground turkey as soon as I bring it home from the store. I usually dice the chicken first, or at least cut it in strips. After the turkey is browned, I put it in a colander in the sink and run HOT water over it. That helps remove any last little bits of grease. Then I freeze in 1 quart bags pressed flat, just enough for a meal for the two of us. The turkey comes in handy for tacos, spaghetti sauce and stroganoff. The chicken usually finds it's way into a stir fry, or I use it for chicken salad sandwiches nice to have on hand when someone drops in. I get about 10 meals for my hour of effort!

This has been the best time-saving tip for me; hopefully it will be a help to someone else. Have a super day!


Katrina said...

Thanks for posting this! With a baby on the way, I've been trying to think of ways to simplify/streamline my cooking routine for the next couple months (crock-pot meals, etc.). I'm printing out your post and hanging it on my fridge to remind me to do this (hopefully before the little one arrives!).

Islandsparrow said...

Hey Dianne - you should post this at works for me wednesday at Shannon's Rocks In My Dryer blog. It would be a great tip to share.

Jessica said...

What a neat idea! Thanks for posting! :)

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Mom2fur said...

I think running hot water over the meat to get rid of fat is an excellent idea! I would put a dab of dish detergent into your strainer, though, so as the hot water and grease go down the drain, the soap cuts it.
Having meat browned ahead of time is another great idea. That would certainly cut your cooking time!