Combine the Dry Ingredients Ahead of Time

Combine the Dry Ingredients Ahead of Time

I really dislike cooking, but I love the finished product!  For me, successful cooking is all about getting a healthy meal without spending a lot of time preparing it.  One way to save time is by preparing the dry ingredients ahead of time.  If your family eats a lot of homemade bread, for example, take the time to mix up several batches of the dry ingredients all at once, and keep them stored in the freezer so they’re ready whenever you need them.

Combining ahead of time doesn’t just apply to breads, however.  You can create an instant potato soup mix to store in Mason jars for a quick lunch or dinner idea, or mix up common seasoning mixes at home to save time and money.

When you do combine ahead of time, make sure you clearly label what’s inside.  If you have a copy machine, you can copy the recipe and affix it to each packet so all you need to do is grab the packet and wet ingredients – no digging out the recipe books.

You can even use combined ingredients like this for gift ideas.  Tie a pretty ribbon on that potato soup mix, include cooking instructions, and you’ve got a thoughtful, homemade gift idea.

Planning ahead saves time, money and hassle, and helps steady your resolve on nights you are too tired to cook, helping you to avoid eating out.  With just a little extra time at once, you can prepare several batches ahead of time and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you’ll be prepared next time.