Five Ways to Make a More Efficient Ramadan Kitchen

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Ramadan's date is set by the moon's first visible crescent in the Islamic calendar.

Ramadan--the holy month where Muslims forgo food and drink, including water, from sunup to sundown--is here. One of the five pillars in Islam, this month is one of spiritual discipline and renewal, as Muslims are instructed to spend extra time in worship and try to cut back on bad habits. The fast this year is more rigorous than previous years, because it falls in midsummer; add to that traffic, work, meetings, picking up kids from their summer camp, and it becomes difficult to find ample time to prepare iftar--the post-fast meal. Below are a few ways to make a Ramadan-efficient kitchen.

5. Decide what meals you want to cook ahead of time.
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A traditional Sudanese meal in Ramadan.

Note them down on a calendar, and stick to preparing those meals. Keep the essentials in cupboards and on shelves that are within your reach to prevent scrambling for specific ingredients. If you're really in for the long haul, prepare certain dishes ahead of time and freeze them. This will save time in the kitchen and maximize time spent in worship, charity efforts, prayer, and so on.

4. Buy in bulk
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Pide - a Turkish pita bread - is baked in large batches during Ramadan.

Buy in bulk, but don't overdo it, and seek out fruits and vegetables as needed. We're in the beginning of Ramadan, but it's still not too late to prepare in advance for the rest of the month. Stock up on your most commonly used ingredients--meat, rice, pasta, (pita) bread, oil, spices. List the types of meats and starches, and the amounts of each kind, you will need to make per meal. Buy them, then freeze and label everything. It's tedious. And it saves you the headache, and unwise decision, of picking up groceries on an empty stomach.
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909Jeff
909Jeff

#6 Dont be Muslim...

909Jeff
909Jeff

 @GustavoArellano

 Be it as it may... If we are gonna bash one religion then we bash them all... Arent we equal opportunity bashers?

 

Is that not the purpose of the OCeeker?

909Jeff
909Jeff

 @dasubergeek Damnit! i missed that one...

 

Thank you!  That still doesnt take away from the fact that the OCeeker regularly bashes religions... He went a little easy on the muslims... perhaps because he loves the Kebab...

 

909Jeff
909Jeff

 @dasubergeek Nope... The good thing about the wekly is they keep good archives... The OCeeker never wrote about attending a mosque... The Mormons also treated him with a great deal of hospitality... and he repaid their kindness with a nasty article.  

 

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

@909Jeff

As I recall, they treated him with a great deal of hospitality.

 

Also, this advice is valid outside Islam—it's a <i>mitzvah</i> to feed people, and the <i>berakhot</i> are the same as for feeding yourself: <i>Hamotzi</i> or the appropriate blessing before eating, and <i>Birkat Hamazon</i> after eating a meal with bread.

909Jeff
909Jeff

 @GustavoArellano

 Ideed I have... look it up son!

 

And I dont ever recall the OCeeker bashing Islam... Is he Skerred?

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @909Jeff I don't recall you ever bashing Christianity, but correct me if I'm wrong...

laliahma
laliahma

 @909Jeff Still confused on how that makes you less of a bigot...

909Jeff
909Jeff

 @laliahma This time... But look up columnist Josh Dulaney... He's made his career on bashing religion.

 

 

laliahma
laliahma

I'm pretty sure you just bashed one (SEE: Ignorant Desert Rat)

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