Every day in Ramadan is a challenge for Muslim wives, those who get occupied with how to prepare their kitchens, so cooking Iftar becomes an easy mission for them. We have some useful tips on how to have a great Ramadan kitchen:
The 1, 2, 3 of Your Kitchen
Clean your kitchen and your fridge very well. Prepare different ingredients for meals for the whole week, so you just do the final steps day by day. For example, prepare in your fridge a good amount of onions, garlic, and tomato sauce. Get meat and chicken washed and spiced.
Make a List & Buy in Bulk
Write down everything you need for the month in a list and buy it all in once or twice. But don’t overdo it and seek out fruits and vegetables as needed. Stock up on your most commonly used ingredients like meat, rice, pasta, (pita) bread, oil, spices. After buying them, freeze and label everything.
Make Use of Leftovers
Don’t ever throw food in the rubbish, try to use any leftovers in other dishes or give it to the poor. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to break his fast with dates, milk, and a subsequent light meal in the spirit of disciplining one’s food intake. Eat simply. Drink soup. Eat fruit for dessert. It is healthier for your body and also shortens your kitchen time.
Clean While Cooking
Cleanup is tough during Ramadan, so clean while you cook to spare yourself from a mess after getting out of the kitchen. Time is truly the essence of this month.
Prepare for the Family Visits Ahead of Time
Inviting guests to Iftar is rewarding, however, it can be a great load as well, unless you have a good plan for it. Cook simple meals that do not need much time or effort. Prepare some or most of the dishes one day before the visit if you can. Get someone to help you with preparing, lifting, and washing the dishes if feasible, and if you have kids, let them help you as well.