What if I told you that you could learn a handful of recipes and be able to makes hundreds of different things all from your own pantry? No more hunting around for recipes that match what you have, no laborious detailed meal planning, just simply walking into your kitchen and starting to cook?
Sound too good to be true?
Well, all this can be yours if you learn a handful of simple flexible recipe templates, or master recipes as chefs call them. Now, when a chef calls something a “Master” recipe it’s intimidating, like you’ll need to be a master of cooking to be able to do them. Not the case at all! Anyone can learn a few simple flexible recipes and be able to whip up something to eat in a jiffy 🙂 .
Granny Didn’t Depend on Recipes
This is the way Granny did her day to day cooking. Sure, some kept a card file of clippings from newspapers or friends shared recipes. For the most part these were special occasion foods made for parties or pot lucks or holidays. Things you don’t make all the time so it’s hard to just remember them.
For day to day cooking Granny relied mostly on memory to make things she had learned over the years. That’s why so many grown kids would beg their aging Moms to write out her recipes for them!
Recipes are a Stage in Learning to Cook
Recipes are to cooking what training wheels are to learning to ride a bike. They are a supportive stage in learning to cook. With someone to give a precise guideline like a recipe it’s easier for a beginner cook to make something to eat … that much is obvious to all. But, what’s not so obvious is that this clearly defined plan makes cooking harder in some ways. You’ll have to shop to ensure you have every little thing the recipe requires. Some of the ingredients may be rarely used in your kitchen or may be very expensive to buy.
When people hit this wall in the recipe stage of learning they start substituting ingredients for things they have on hand or cheaper items. If you’re already doing this you are already moving past the recipe stage … congratulations!
Master recipes are kinda like an advanced version of recipe substitution. Practically all of the ingredients are variable. In a master recipe there are guidelines about ingredients, for example:
- 1 lb meat
- 4 cups broth/water/milk/
- 4 cups cooked starchy food like rice, beans, potatoes, etc.
So if you don’t have beef you use ham, if you don’t have rice you use potatoes, and so on.
Master Recipes Make Cooking at Home More Affordable
With this kind of flexibility you can easily make meals that are on the cheap side, on the expensive side and everything in-between! Really, it’s all up to you. If you need to mind your food budget for awhile, then favor the cheaper ingredients, or what you have in quantity in your pantry. If you are working hard to up the nutrient density of your families diet to help deal with a health issue let’s say, why then just favor the more nutrient dense ingredients like cream, butter, liver and broth.
It all up to you to decide!
New Cookbook Featuring Master Recipes is Close to Ready I’ve been working on a little cookbook that features a handful of master recipes for dinner dishes. Soon it’ll be on Amazon and available for download for a couple bucks. I’m so looking forward to it’s release! It’s brief and to the point to help provide a guideline for making dinner for those working on The Granny Plan. Very early in the program you’ll start making just one dinner each night, then expand on that till you’re cooking the whole week. This little cookbook will help support you in doing just that!
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