As much as we love - and depend on - quick meal solutions to get us through the week, there are some recipes that just take time. There are no short-cuts or substitutes. And it’s absolutely worth it.
It might not make sense to make these things by hand all the time. You can be sure we keep a few cartons of stock and a bag or two of pasta in our cupboard! But when you have a spare afternoon, it’s definitely worth trying your hand at the homemade version - if only to know that it’s possible.
1. Stock - There’s no way to speed up the process of extracting flavor from a leftover roast chicken. But a long-simmered stock is like liquid gold in your freezer.
2. Bread - Whether you make the no-knead bread or try your hand at sour dough, you’re going to end up with bread that’s an order of magnitude better than anything you’ll buy at the grocery store.
3. Pie Dough - In reality, homemade pie dough doesn’t take that long to make, but it does require some care and attention. The fear factor of winding up with a rock hard crust also plays a major role. But we still feel that it’s something worth trying because store-bought will never, ever beat homemade in a taste test.
4. Pasta - Everyone should try making pasta at least once. It’s like magic! If you can’t beg, borrow, or steal a pasta roller, it’s easy enough to make thin sheets of dough with a rolling pin and then cut it into ribbons.
5. Beans - We love having control over how soft our beans become and what flavors we add in during cooking. Our favorite no-soak method still takes time, but is way easier and more dependable than other techniques we've tried.
What other recipes do you think are worth taking the time to make?
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