The first time I heard the term logistics was when I was in kindergarten. It was when my father, who was in the military, went through logistics training. Being the person that he is, he shared with us everything he had learned. His sentence “logistics is the most important thing in life”, stuck with me. I remember going to kindergarten and repeating this sentence over and over in my friends’ ear. At that time, I had no idea what the word logistics meant, but I knew it was very important. As I grew-up I really learned to appreciate logistical thinking, thinking before acting, and planning in advance (as the opposite of being spontaneous). I find that my quality of life improves immensely when all my activities are planned and thought through before execution.
In this post I chose to focus on food logistics. I think this is a subject that most of us can relate to. Below are three logistical tips to improve your efficiency dealing with food in the house and on the go.
How many times have you found yourself tossing rotten produce to the garbage? Probably just the thought of taking the produce out from the fridge, washing, chopping, and cooking them, made you hurry to order pizza.
Next time when you come home with groceries, before you stash the produce in the fridge, wash them first. I fill up a bucket with water and produce soap (I buy my produce soap from Trader Joe’s) and put all the fruits and vegetables in it.
When you rinse and dry the produce this is the time to chop some of them. Don’t wait until you decide to cook – be your own Sous-Chef – start chopping and storing them. When you are ready to cook – it’s going to be so much easier: just open the containers or bags and use the amount you want. I love to chop herbs, celery, broccoli, and carrots in advance. Onions, potatoes, and zucchini I prefer to chop just before cooking.
To learn about ways to keep food from spoiling fast read here.
Start making the dish that takes the most time to cook first. If making rice takes 20 minutes, steaming broccoli 12 minutes, and grilling steaks 8 minutes – guess where you start?
Some people can get into their car, drive for hours, and stop somewhere on the way to eat. That’s fine if you are not picky with food, don’t need to eat often, and travel without children.
When you are going on the road it helps to pack some snacks and beverages to have in the car. If you don’t want to waste time looking for a place to eat, you can even pack a sandwich or a container with a salad.
Make sure that you have napkins, wet wipes, and a bag for trash in the car.
Your best friend in the kitchen
Invest in a good ceramic knife (priced around $100). Chopping and cutting fruits and leaves with a ceramic knife will prevent them from oxidizing or wilting quickly. Your sliced apple will not turn brown on you again.
What are your food logistics tips? I would love to hear about them.