Cooking Continuously ⏱🎬

This lesson is 442 words, a 1 min 46 sec reading time. It is the (newly updated) final lesson of 🥚 How to Boil Water. It is also part of the collection ⚡️ MaxF Meal Prep

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📍 Introduction

Requiring few ingredients, little gear, & minimal active work, Cooking Continuously is one of our absolute favorite meal prep hacks. The term refers to preparing a series of ingredients, one after the next, while using the same pot of seasoned water. The method can produce a tremendous amount of food in one big push, making it quite high leverage. 

Whether a staple of weekend meal prep, or snuck into a weeknight cooking session, the cooking continuously technique can be used (and personalized) again and again. Go ahead and get creative. As you experiment with different items, you may find a routine that sticks! 

🧂 Ingredients 

  • Items for boiling (see Reference Guide👇)

  • Kosher salt

  • Ice

⚙️ Gear:

  • Large stockpot

  • Large bowl

  • Food storage containers

  • Colander, slotted spoon, or spider

✅ Instructions:

  1. Set water to boil in a stockpot.

  2. Clean & prep ingredients (as necessary).

  3. Season to taste (seawater flavor recommended).

  4. Prepare ice bath in a large bowl.

  5. Cook & blanch vegetables one after the next.  

  6. Store in airtight containers or zip bags.

📝 Notes, Tips, Tricks

  • If two items have similar cooking times, you can boil them together. 

  • Work from least starchy (e.g., vegetables) to most starchy (e.g., pasta, potatoes).

  • End with the eggs to prevent shell residue from infusing your veggies. 

  • Maintain clean cooking water by washing items first. Scrub veggies with a brush or damp cloth if necessary. 

  • Add more hot water as needed. Remember to taste & season. 

  • Consider saving ~30-60 min for this activity 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.

  • Blanched veggies can be spruced up later with a quick sauté or roast. Remove when slightly underdone if you plan to cook the item further.   

  • Popular toppings for boiled vegetables: butter, olive oil, herbs, cheese, lemon zest, garlic, nuts, salad dressing. 

  • For next-level veggie boiling, try seasoning the water with herbs (e.g., parsley, thyme, dill) or other tasty flavorings (e.g., garlic, ginger, lemon). 

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📓 Cooking Continuously Reference Guide:

  • Short (3-10 min): Broccoli, Carrots, Corn, Green Beans, Peas, Asparagus

  • Medium (10-15 min): Eggs, Pasta, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Squash

  • Long (15+ min): Artichokes, Beets, Potatoes, Sweet Potato

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