I am very very excited today. Because I'm coming to you with a kitchen hack that's sure to make your life better. It has made my life much much easier, and I had been actually planning to share this with you for quite some time.
Welcome to Dohful's Sunday Letter, we're going to re-discover your freezer today.
Before I tell you anything about this kitchen hack, let me give you some background.
So, even after being in business for over 7 years now, both Chaman & I operate on startup times. That means late nights, relatively late mornings, a super unpredictable schedule, and absolutely no time to cook for ourselves.
And this had taken a toll on what we ate, and what we enjoyed cooking.
It wasn't all that bad though, we have a cook who makes lunch for us. But for dinner, we were pretty much on our own. We needed something that would give us quick, easy, simple dinner options without fussing much in the kitchen.
And we needed this in Delhi where our office is and not in Noida where we lived. Boy, we struggled with this for years.
The cherry on the cake was the fact that I'm quite picky with my vegetables, so a lot of times even if we try to cook dinner together at night, it always boiled down to one million dollar question - What to cook for Dinner?
Now, I know ours is a peculiar case. But if you think about it, you'll find traces of your own kitchen struggles in this. And I'm happy to report that for the past 2 months or so, I have managed to solve these issues quite a bit.
Let me tell you how..
I have started freezing my food.
Basically, I make large quantities of food (usually double the amount we can have in one go) and freeze half of it immediately in ziplock bags. Slowly and steadily, I have gathered enough food in my freezer to last both of us for 7 days without cooking anything at all.
And remember we are already sorted for the first half of the day, so this is really 2 weeks worth of food lyingin my freezer at the moment.
How did I start?
Like everything else in my life right now, this also started post-Covid. I used to be too tired to cook, and we had given leave to our cook at that time. So I started making extra food and keeping it in the fridge for later.
Kinda like the meal-prep way.
While I was doing meal preps though, Chaman was busy hacking the system (so to say) so that we can cut down the kitchen time altogether. Making Rotis especially took a lot of strength effort from my side, so he ordered a couple of packs of frozen rotis and parathas from Amazon.
They were great while they lasted. As they are pre-cooked, re-heating them was a breeze and overall, it was a great comfort knowing that even if I didn't have the energy, I had the alternate solution in my freezer.
But the best thing about having them was, it made me realize that I could freeze my own food.
We have all seen our Moms going at it with 100s of kgs of Peas, peeling them, and storing them in the freezer for the months to come.
But watching that entire process all through my childhood, never did it occur to me that maybe I can freeze cooked food as well.
Well, better late than never!
To date, I have frozen all sorts of curries imaginable - cooked green veggies, Rajma, Chole, Thai Red Curry, various Dals, and did I mention a LOT of cooked green veggies? Not just this, I have frozen stuffed parathas, plain parathas, and Theplas.
The best thing I froze a few days ago was boiled Jackfruit.
Chaman loves Jackfruit so ends up buying a whole lot more every time he buys it. At first, I thought I'll freeze the Jackfruit curry for him to enjoy later in the week. But then changed my mind and froze half of the boiled Jackfruit itself.
It transformed into a really really quick curry when I wanted to, a few days later.
And the journey is still on! For instance, I have heard that you can freeze idlis too. I have not tried that yet, but since they are my all-time favorite snack or even dinner, I am soon going to try freezing them.
Whenever we have anything left over these days, we freeze it. There is literally nothing in our fridge. We have realized that freezing the food, keeps its flavor and taste more intact than keeping it in the refrigerator.
All you gotta do is, let it thaw for half an hour or so before reheating it in the Microwave or even the Gas Stove which is what I use.
And I can't even tell you how easy this has made my life. There is no worry about what to cook for dinner. There is a whole assortment of stuff kept in the freezer, eat as you like!
I will highly highly recommend you to try this.
Start small, like maybe if there's a particular kind of curry you like, make a large batch of it and freeze it for a couple of days later. I guarantee you that you'll be delighted to have your favorite curry without any hassle the next time.
And do share with us if and when you do try this! If you have been already doing it for some time now and would like to share tips with me, I'm game for that as well!
Thank you so much for reading!
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