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Weekend Shortcuts to speed up weekday cooking

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I just posted in the new member forum so I won't bore you other than to say I'm extremely busy but am looking for short cuts that I can do on weekends to make weekday cooking fast and easy.  Here are a few things I do. I'll make it brief, but can explain in detail.

 

Weekends:

 

- I caramelize a bunch of onions and stick them in the fridge.

 

- Same with mushrooms, I saute a bunch up. I can use both to make a pepper sauce to go over a quick seared fillet.

 

- Last weekend I seared on the outside a pork tenderloin. I can toss medalions of the pork in a saute pan and make a quick Asian sauce for it during the week.

 

Twice a year:

 

- I buy online 25 lbs of duck backs and necks and make a heavily reduced duck stock with it. I make it into small cubes to use for sauces, soup etc. Duck just has so much more flavor than chicken. I keep the oil as a cooking oil.

 

- I cook up a bunch of bacon bits and put them in the freezer to but over baked potato, hash browns, etc. I save the bacon fat for a cooking oil as well.

 

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Obviously, nothing is better than fresh. If I want the best, I go to a restaurant. Does anyone have a comment on my list or want to add anything to it. All comments are appreciated.

 

Bill

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Duk has a different taste than chicken. I wouldn't say it's preferable except in a few cases. Not sure what kind of advice you're looking for here buy I like to keep beef and chicken stock in quarts in the freezer to keep on hand for gravies and risottos.

I freeze the duck fat in cubes.

I like my mushrooms fresh and always have them on hand.

Chives are a staple, they go into practically every dish I make.

I prefer to cut bacon into bits and freeze it uncooked and then pull out the only bits I need and cook it fresh.

I keep raw onions in the fridge, they're much easier to chop when cold and don't make me cry so much.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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