Perfect Homemaking Series: Cooking
Cooking is a huge part of my job as a homemaker! I make 3 meals a day and several snacks. I bake goodies and work on making our meals as healthy as possible. There are so many ways I can save money for our home as well with cooking frugally.
When I was a kid I enjoyed learning how to cook but didn’t really learn until Cody and I moved into our own place. Pinterest was a huge help in figuring out meals and learning how to cook properly. Tammy was also a great help, she let me copy down recipes from her cookbooks and helps with any questions I have. She introduced me to making several things from scratch, such as egg noodles, broth, bread, etc. After almost 4 years ( this coming Friday) of being a homemaker and cooking for my family, I’ve learned a few things.
- Converting measurements. I don’t know how many time’s some recipe called for 1/4 a cup and I don’t have the specific measuring cup, thanks to my oh so adorable toddler. Learning how to convert measurements really helped save me time and frustration. Here’s a very detailed chart you can learn from.
- Learn how to cut your veggies and fruit correctly. I don’t know how many times I cut my self at the beginning of learning how to cook. okay, okay I admit I’m a bit of a clutz, but learning how to cut everything properly saves me a lot of time. here’s how to cut 38 fruits and veggies.
- Cooking vegetables. I loved steamed broccoli and saturated asparagus and mushrooms. It’s an art thought to cook your veggies perfectly with ever technic. too long and you have a mushy mess, too short of a time and you have supper crunchy or hard veggies. Here’s a guide on how to cook every veggie perfectly.
- How to make sure your meats are cooked properly and tell how cooked your steak is. I’m a medium rare girl, but my husband wants his steak done. At least with chicken, we can agree on the degree of how cooked it should be. Salmonella doesn’t sound pleasant. Chickens internal temperature needs to be 165 F. Here’s how to cook the perfect steak.
Cooking from scratch
cooking from scratch not only saves us money but it has created healthier eating habits for us. I love knowing exactly what we’re eating and how it affects us.
- Did you know you can bake your own bread? I never thought much of it until I meet my in-laws. They make the best bread I’ve ever tasted! It is an artwork for sure. I don’t know how many times I have messed up the bread, but if you get it right it’s amazing. Here is the recipe.
- Make your own noodles! Homemade egg noodles are the best! Think chicken noodles soup, beef stroganoff, mac and cheese. Homemade egg noodles.
- Speaking of chicken noodle soup you can make every aspect of chicken noodle soup from scratch. You can get a whole chicken and cook it. Once down you remove the meat from the bone. Just add the bones, one onion, 6 cloves garlic, a tbsp of salt, five carrots, six celery stalks, a sprinkle of parsley, eight cups water, and a dash of pepper. I use the crockpot and put it on low for 12 hours. For the chicken noodle soup, I use six cups of the chicken broth I made. Then I add the chicken from the whole chicken I cooked, about half, add five carrots, five celery stalks, 3 cloves of garlic, a bay leaf, and a dash of rosemary, parsley, and oregano. I let it cook in the crockpot on low for 7 hours. about a half an hour before it’s done I add my homemade egg noodles. What makes this meal even better is when you make grilled cheese with homemade bread.
Basically, you can make anything from scratch, soups, breads, desserts, spice blends, etc. The list goes on and on! This way I know I’m not adding preservatives, gmo’s or other nasty things.
Cooking healthy meals
As the main cook in our home, I feel it’s my job to make sure we eat a well-balanced diet. I buy fresh fruit and veggies every week and make sure they’re always available to snack on. Chicken is our main meat I use for dinners and occasionally we even have meat-free meals. I try my best to avoid processed foods and cook with real foods. Now that’s not to say we don’t have treats or always eat healthily, but I try to do my best most of the time.
I’ve figured out a system to make grocery shopping less of a pain. I create a meal plan for two weeks since I shop once every pay period. Then I create a shopping list of all the ingredients I will need. Then I figure out lunches, breakfast, snacks, and other household needs. Try to stick to the outside isles of the store. That’s where the healthier food usually is. To save money shop the sales (if it’s actually a good deal) and check out the coupons available to you. Bulk shopping is also great when it comes to dry ingredients that will last a long time. Think flour, rice, sugar, beans, etc.
There is so much you to learn about cooking that one post can’t cover it all. I hope this give’s you a good place to start. Is there any important cooking tips I missed? Let me know in the comments! Happy Homemaking!