Living alone has it pros as well as cons. Amongst the advantages, you live according to your rules - coming as late as you want, cleaning as per your mood and needs, having a party at your place till the wee hours of night, and so on. Likewise, you have disadvantages also - not having someone to talk when you feel alone, no one to care for you when you fall ill at the middle of the night, cooking food for yourself, etc. It is the last problem that we are trying to help you solve, through this article. The tips given below will help bachelors and singles make tasty and healthy food at home, with less time and money.
Practical Cooking Tips for Singles and Bachelors
- You have a refrigerator at home, along with a freezer, and it is meant to be used. Do not avoid making recipes that require atleast two serving. Have half of it and save the rest. Put it into an airtight container, label with the date and put in the freezer. If you do not have electricity problem, the food can easily last you few days.
- Washing, peeling and chopping fruits and vegetables on a daily basis usually seems to be a big chore. You can easily wash, peel and chop most of the fruits and vegetables, put them in an airtight bag and keep them in the freezer. This way, you will be saved from doing the chore on a daily basis. Food items like potatoes, onions, apples, etc, which either change color or leave a strong odor, should be avoided.
- Make some investment in electrical appliances. Buying items like a mini food processor, hand blender, juicer, oven/microwave, etc will help you save a lot of time. At the same time, they will help you widen the variety of recipes to choose from. Since you will require almost the smallest size of these appliances, they will cost you less too.
- In case of ingredients that do not get spoiled over time, like flour, spices, dry fruits, oil, soup mixes, etc, it is better to buy in bulk. It will not only help you save on the cost, but also ensure that you do not have to run to the grocery store every time you need them. However, in case of items that you use once in a while, it is better to buy small quantities, even if they are long-lasting.
- Plan your meals in advance. Make the menu for the entire week on Sunday only. This way, you won’t have to waste time everyday, deciding what will you cook. At the same time, you can make sure that you have all the necessary ingredients handy. This will help you avoid running to the grocery store at the last minute.
- At times, it happens that you come back from office really hungry and are not able to wait till the time the food gets cooked. For times like this, keep healthy snacks like fruits, juices, etc handy. Avoid having things like biscuits, namkeens, cakes, patties, burgers, etc. This is because the latter snacks are not only unhealthy, but will also make you feel full and lead to the wastage of the food you are cooking.
- If you have only a single meal at home, try to include all the necessary ingredients in it. It should be a combination of proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and so on. In short, even if the home-cooked meal in one in a day, it should be completely balanced.
- To store leftover food as soon as it cools down to room temperature.
- Throw away leftovers if you forget to store them soon.
- Eat stored leftovers within a decent time frame.