5 load shedding dinner hacks to save you when the lights go out
YOU’VE just had a rough day at the office, and you’re yearning for comfort food. As you drive home, you salivate at all the possible meals you could prepare, counting the minutes until you can start cooking.
But when you get home, you find yourself in darkness. Eskom had other plans on how you should spend your evening.
Fortunately, having no electricity does not mean you have to go hungry or settle for bread. Theo Mannie, self-styled “culinary artist” at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, shares his load shedding survival tips.
A gas cooker is your friend
A gas cooker with multiple cooking attachments is a musthave in any household. If you don’t have one, best invest in one for load shedding. Mannie says that these days you can get little portable cookers that are versatile and convenient. “One minute you’re making a stir fry over a gas flame, the next you’re having a braai,” he says.
Lay on multipurpose vegetables
Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, baby marrow and peppers take little preparation time. They come in handy when preparing a salad, stir fry, curry or wrap, and require little time on gas.
Stock up on tinned goods
Tinned goods are essential in any household. Keep your shelves loaded with baked beans, chakalaka and tinned fish such as tuna. “Tinned items reduce cooking time, and many, like baked beans, can be used in various ways. The tinned items also have a longer shelf life,” Mannie says.
Keep smoked or cured sausages
These freeze well, add flavour to dishes and reduce cooking time.
“The butcher section of most supermarkets has a good selection at affordable prices,” Mannie says.
Lay on fresh fish
Use fillets like butterfish and hake – they are more affordable than big-brand frozen fillets. “Fresh fish can be frozen and doesn’t take long to cook, which is handy when you’re using gas while load shedding.”
Consult the fish counter at your supermarket for options.
DURING load shedding, multipurpose veggies and tinned goods can be saviours.