Cooking Tips For Singles
Cooking for a single is not always easy. I am not terribly good at cooking but I do enjoy homecooked food. The problem with cooking for one is you do need to plan ahead especially when it comes to grocery shopping. In the past, I do end up wasting food which I am guilty of doing. It is a bad habit but I am glad to say over the years, I have improved on this.
I don’t cook every day but I do like to cook on days when I am less busy. Some friends think cooking for one is a waste of time and money but it doesn’t need to be so. Yes it is indeed easier to just eat out or get a takeaway. But if you enjoy cooking and homecooked food, then it is worth the time and money spent I feel.
If you are living on your own and want to cook for just yourself, here are cooking tips for singles that I hope will be useful for you.
Do Some Planning
I do grocery shopping mostly on a Saturday and I usually have a rough idea on what I would like to cook the following week. It will be good to have a checklist of food items to shop for. The reason is, you don’t want to miss out some items or end up buying too much. Be careful when shopping for fresh vegetables as they will rot faster. Always buy just what you need else you won’t be able to finish eating and it will go to waste! And if you’re forgetful like me, do check the freezer and kitchen before shopping, else you may end up buying items you already have.
If you are storing meats in freezer, don’t forget to label them with date. I usually apportion them into different freezer friendly containers, so when I need it, I just take out one container.
I have a couple of mini kitchen appliances such as rice cooker, toaster, magic cooker to help me with my cooking. Since I am cooking for just myself, there is no need to use the regular sized kitchen appliances. I find it hard to gauge the amount of food to cook and end up cooking too much. However when I switched over to using mini kitchen appliances, this does not happen anymore. I also enjoy having these mini versions as they are easier to clean and takes up less storage space.
Have a look at some of these cute mini kitchen appliances!Avanti MKB42B Mini Kitchen Multi-Function Oven Black & Decker Mini Rice Cooker Portable Mini Rice Cooker Magic Cooker Thermal Magic Cooker
Keep It Simple
I like to keep my cooking simple and yet healthy. I don’t always have the motivation to cook. On those lazy days I will cook simple meals like mushroom egg omelette, mushroom garlic spaghetti, chicken soup, baked chicken with herbs, carrots and spinach. Noticed I repeated ‘mushroom’? Yes, by using the same food item for the week, I will not end up throwing perishables away.
I found some simple recipes and cookbooks on cooking for one. Check it out!