What's your favorite kitchen shortcut?
You know, like buying shredded cheese instead of shredding it yourself. Or maybe using a special kind of jarred sauce* that you particularly like when making pasta. Could be anything. I love a good shortcut. But it has to be good, and not detrimental to the recipe and finished product at all.
Lately, I've been buying freshly chopped onion and celery from our supermarket. They package them together as "stuffing mix" in our local market's produce section. And friends, I put chopped celery and onion in EVERYTHING! Chili? You betcha. Soup? Of course. Tuna salad? Yummy. I could go on and on. It's just such a quick and easy alternative to chopping the ingredients yourself.
So what do you do to save time/effort in the kitchen? Besides just dialing in for take-out, of course.
*I use jar sauce all the time, so I'm not judging. Especially if I'm just making a quick and easy pasta dish for the night. I usually jazz it up with whatever I have around in the spice cabinet, but some of them taste really good. Of course, if I'm making a special dinner I make my own sauce. Or one of a variety of sauces that I'm working on perfecting, that is.
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