If you’ve made it this far you are nearly a pro at boiling water. Congratulations! To test your newly acquired skillsets we will embark on the ultimate boiling challenge: cooking continuously.
Cooking continuously (first mentioned in lesson 6) refers to preparing a series of items one after the next, whilst using the same pot of water. This method can produce a tremendous amount of food in a short period of time, and is therefore one of the highest leverage activities you can use in meal prep.
🧂 Ingredients & Equipment:
Clean and prep vegetables while waiting
Prepare ice bath
Cook vegetables one after the next & shock in ice bath when done
Remove, drain, store.
📝 Notes, Tips, Tricks
If two items have similar cooking times you can boil them together/simultaneously (handy chart here)
Work from least starchy (e.g., vegetables) to most starchy (e.g., pasta, potatoes). End with the eggs to prevent whatever is on the shells from infusing your veggies.
Properly wash items (e.g., soak in a big bowl of water) to ensure dirt & sand is removed from nooks & crannies. This keeps cooking water clean.
Consider saving an hour to do this after returning home from the grocery store or farmer’s market. By knocking it out in one big push you’ll save hours of prep & cleaning time later in the week.
🎓 Further Studies: