Home Cooking: Living the food-fresh

22Sep08

Cook at home and kill to eat (fresh)

Ever wondered how would it be to make your own ‘meat produce’ at home, killing it to cook for your family to consume? It’s not so easy, really. What about proper prawn farming (home scale), fish raring, water-frog farming or chicken breeding? Invading the chicken coop for your lunch could be double the fun – If you have the time. But for most housewives, students or singles, they often just live on instants, one way or the another: Either it’s an ingredient, a food alternative or a pre-prepared dish.

What you can do to keep things fresh at home, is actually some determination. We’re not saying it does not require special love or some hardwork, but we’d say it requires some determination.

Living fresh food / Leaving the Food Fresh

Piling up tons and tons of food in the refridgerator is not a good idea, especially if you’re single and lazy. At the end of the day, you’ll only end up with rotten foods, ALMOST spoiled foods or cross-contaminated foods. Here are a few tricks of the trade:

  1. Keep your food stocks low – Terribly low.

    When you’re not cooking enough, you’re letting your food rot more. Rotting doesn’t help with digestion, or health. There’s no study to say that rotten eggs are good for your brain functionality, mind you. Keep your food stocks low, get all the necessities (seasoning, instant foods, canned products) and stop stocking on beef meat you know you’re too lazy to sear and make a sauce out of it.

  2. Do online grocery shopping.

    Online grocery shopping helps a lot. Ordering what you only need, getting it delivered fresh, top customer service (shouting at the man if your food is rotten and demand a bigger reimbursement for the act of sedition), no traveling, no baggage, no carrying, etc. Sometimes, you get coupons if you’re a regular. Pick a good online grocery store and STICK TO THEM.

  3. Get some friends to stock some pile in your fridge.

    What could be better than going dutch in for a cheap meal with big food volume? Better yet, you can gossip about David Beckham’s scandals or watch the game together. Have some friends over at your place, split the grocery bills, cook up some foods and share them – For bulk discounts, you’ll catch better price. Warning: Be a regular customer to the supplier or you won’t get the bulk discount.

  4. Organize ‘wholesale’ eating.

    Clear up your fridge by dumping all the foods into a dinner meal with your friends. If you know you need to restock fresher ingredients or sweep away remaining foods in your cabinet, invite your friends over for a free meal. Free meals are always welcome.

  5. Stick to your guns.

    Don’t try Polish cuisine if you’re doing Indonesian. Forget about Indian cuisine if you’re doing Greek cuisine. Stick to one cuisine – Your seasoning box will be filled with spices you’ll only need. And if you can, stock up YOUR basic spices. You’ll spend less on grocery and be more organized.

  6. Buy more dried foods.

    A lot of dried foods keep indefinitely. Nuts are great for snacks, pasta, salads and sometimes soups. Canned tomatoes can keep for months (and it’s good in most seasons), corned beef can be kept longer, etc. Dried foods help you with your cooking for the week, or the month. It makes things simpler for household cooking.

  7. High fiber snacks should equals energy drinks volume.

    Not a health message, but logic. Foods that are high in fiber keeps you from eating too much, and energy drinks keep you hydrated (avoid hungry thoughts and divert attention) and keep you struggling to do other activities instead of eating.

  8. Make the ultimate soup bowl.

    Whoa! 10 different ingredients left in the fridge and the end of their lifespan is tomorrow? No worries. Cook up basic chicken/pork stock, get some Szechuan vegetables, cold water, vegetables soaked in brine, chilly and pour in all your 10 ingredients into a pot. Boil, add seasoning and voilà!

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4 Responses to “Home Cooking: Living the food-fresh”

  1. You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, Iíve spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

  2. 2 Robin Milson

    I agree….. fresh food is a must.

    http://www.home-living-news.co.uk

  3. I think your Ultimate Soup Bowl is a great idea, we often throuw food out at the end of the week/month without thinking how it could be used, will try this out next time.
    Great Blog

  4. 4 voncook

    @Dan – Thank you very much for your participation. Should you have any new ideas, please do contribute too!

    @ Robin – Definitely =)

    @Cooking – Thank you very much. We try as much to minimize wastage, and therefore came up with many other great ideas, particularly to save on wastages. Here’s the post example for you:

    http://foodcentral.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/cost-control-cooking-up-wastages/

    We’ll be posting more. Thank you for your support.


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