Housework, childcare, work … Anyway, housewives who feel burdened with making meals in their busy days! Would you like a culinary professional to give you some tips to lighten your heart? Mr. Aki Ueshima, a culinary researcher, will appear in the first installment. We asked him how to enjoy cooking easily, from time-saving techniques unique to professionals to his favorite cooking utensils.
From the feeling of “make delicious food yourself!” To lovers of cooking
“When I was a single office worker, my hobby was eating out delicious restaurants with my friends. But when I had a child, I couldn’t eat out easily, and I said,’If you want to eat delicious food, you have to make it yourself!’ Think about it. Since then, I’ve been trying to imitate the delicious dishes featured on TV and in books, and I’ve fallen in love with cooking.
Instead of thinking “for someone”, thinking “I cook because I want to eat delicious food” makes making more and more fun. “
The recipe is subtraction. Cooking becomes much easier if you are aware of the three “S” s
“Every day rice making has limited ingredients and time, so I make recipes with” 3S (less ingredients and seasonings, less cooking utensils, less cooking time) “in mind. , There are lots of things that can be done with less washing and waste. I try to think about recipes by subtraction, and I’m always thinking about what can be scraped off and how to bring out the deliciousness of the ingredients themselves. “
What saves you when you don’t have time is “refrigerator savings”
“Preparation is very important to get the job done, such as shooting a magazine. The ingredients are chopped in advance and the seasonings are weighed in advance. This can also be applied to daily home cooking. I will.
For example, when making miso soup for Japanese mustard spinach, instead of cutting the Japanese mustard spinach as much as you use, you cut it all at once. Put one stock in a bowl, wrap it, and put it in the refrigerator. This is a side dish for lunch the next day. The rest of the Japanese mustard spinach is boiled together with miso soup, and half is put in the refrigerator for dinner. This completes the preparation for two doses.
Just by using them properly at the stage of preparation, you can cut it once and boil it once, and you can easily make several other items. The same goes for the meat you bought in a large pack, soak it all in soaked in the flavor and freeze the unused portion. Then, the next time you use it, the meat will be seasoned, so you can eat it immediately just by baking it.
I call this “freezer savings”. If you have seasoned meat, chopped vegetables, etc. in the freezer, you can quickly make anything depending on the combination. I myself often get saved by “freezer savings” when I don’t have time. “
Choosing tools is also an important point to make cooking fun.Ueshima sensei’s favorite cooking utensils
・ Kai Slicer
“You can slice it in no time with just one slicer without taking out the kitchen knife and cutting board. You can slice the radish into thin slices and simmer it quickly, or slice the turnip thinly on the soup pot and it will be cooked immediately. Masu “
Fine wire cutter
“You can easily shred rape etc.”
Thickness adjustable slicer
“Because the thickness can be adjusted, you can slice the vegetables according to the boiling time.”
“Because the surface is wide, you can grate it in no time.”
・ OXO Salad Spinner
“It’s easy to drain the salad. It’s convenient because it can be disassembled when washing.”
・ Deep frying pan with glass lid
“Titanium coating makes it hard to burn and easy to use.”
・ Plastic bag for food preservation
“For rubbing, pickling, and storing a little leftovers. It’s easy to take out one by one in a compact box, and it’s also convenient to use for freezing, water bath, etc.”
・ Iwaki heat resistant glass bowl
“It’s big, but it can be used for kneading minced hamburger steak and cooking wheat without stress. It’s durable, so it’s safe to cook in the microwave.”
To those who say, “There are days when cooking becomes difficult”
“I love cooking and I’m doing this job, but there are days when I get negative, saying,’Oh, I can’t do it today! I don’t feel like I can make delicious food!’ You can buy side dishes or take delivery.
I don’t want to spend too much money … Sometimes I say “OK! Today I’ll make it without using a knife and a cutting board! How about changing your perspective? If you enjoy that day, you can switch to the next day and do your best.
After all, the important thing is “For my family! Don’t be afraid. I get frustrated because I think that cooking and other household chores are done for people. As I did, it may be easier to switch to the feelings of “I want to eat delicious food” and “I want to spend comfortably”. “
Sentence = Kaoru Utsunomiya