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Tips on Cooking for One

Tips on Cooking for One

When living along, navigating weekly meals can be a hassle. Many recipes feed six people or more, and leftovers can only be eaten for so many days before becoming boring and repetitive. Lucky for you, cooking for one just got a whole lot easier. Follow these handy tips and you’ll become the master chef of your own kitchen.

Tip #1: Figure Out Your Cooking Style

Before you get cooking, it’s important to figure out what kind of cook you are. Are you someone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen, or are you someone who wants to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible? The type of chef you are will determine what you buy, how you shop and how you prepare meals for yourself. Remember, you’re cooking for you so make sure you are cooking how you prefer.

Tip #2: Create a Meal Plan

While it’s a known fact that meal planning can save both time and money, a bigger aspect of them is their prevention of food waste. When living alone, it’s often hard to figure out what to make and how much to make. This often leads to overbuying and under-eating food that quickly spoils and goes bad. Creating a plan of what you want to eat and how much food to buy will not only prevent waste, but it will also create your grocery list for you and make preparing meals more enjoyable.

Tip #3: Shop Your Pantry

One downfall of living alone is not having someone keeping you accountable for what you have and don’t have in your kitchen. It may be common sense, but make sure to do inventory of your fridge and pantry before heading out to the grocery store. This prevents you from purchasing items you already have, which saves you money on your shopping trip and avoids potential waste.

Tip #4: Learn to Convert

One of the biggest struggles of cooking for one is cooking too much food. While leftovers are great, eating the same leftovers every night of the week can get boring and some meals simply don’t store well. Instead, stick to cooking meals that serve two to four people, or learn how to cut recipes into half or even quarters. If you’re not measurement savvy, there are several online conversion calculators to help you measure out ingredients with ease.

Tip #5: Keep Staples on Hand

You can never go wrong keeping staples in your pantry, especially when living alone. Stock up on long-lasting, multi-use ingredient like potatoes, eggs, lemons, grains and garlic, as well as essential frozen items like frozen fruits for smoothies and frozen veggies for quick dinnertime sides. Don’t forget about canned goods, either. A can of tomatoes can be used for multiple recipes like pasta and pizza, and canned soups are great to have on hand for a quick lunch or dinner.

While cooking for one may seem daunting, CTBest Apartment’s kitchens come fully-equipped with everything you need to make cooking for one both easy and enjoyable. To learn more about our Connecticut apartments, visit www.CTBestApts.com or call Desiree at 203-223-1665.

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