Flour and Flowers | A Kitchen and Garden Blog

Planning Ahead: Chopping Ingredients

A few weeks ago I tried an experiment.  It was based on the theory that the most time consuming part of most recipes is preparing ingredients: chopping, measuring, etc. So one evening I collected all the ingredients for three soups and mini breakfast quiches., and I chopped and measured them all into little bags.  Then I labeled each bag so I wouldn’t forget which one was for which recipe.


These are the primary ingredients for Rockin’ Moroccan Stew, Carrot & Ginger Soup, and Southwest Corn and Cheese Chowder.

For the most part, this worked well.  Over the next week, I actually made all three soups, on weeknights, with time so spare to actually relax during my evenings.  Where things fell apart was after that first week, when I still had the ingredients for the breakfast quiches, but I didn’t have time to make them.  I never made them.  Last week I finally threw out the bag of chopped potatoes that had been sitting forlorn in my fridge for three weeks.

But the theory is sound, I think.  I just overdid it.  Next time, I’ll stop at two or three recipes at a time.

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