“If you want an early breakfast, you must have potatoes and cracked wheat or oatmeal boiled the day before; then coffee can be made, beefsteak cooked, potatoes stewed or fried in American style, the mush steamed or fried brown, and griddle cakes begun or eggs boiled, in fifteen minutes from the time you come down. Time yourself by the clock, day after day, until you can do this.” -1884
I must admit, ever so humbly, that I have mastered the art of pulling boxes of cold cereal from the cupboard and cartons of yogurt from the refrigerator, and turning on the coffeemaker, all in less than 15 minutes. I’m a blur of housewifery in action.
But a fast breakfast isn’t always the cheapest option so I’m always looking for ways to save time as well as money. How am I working to speed up the breakfast process? The advice from 1884 holds true. Plan ahead! Why is it that any job, however simple, seems to take less time in the evening than it does in the morning? Here are a few examples that have helped me.
- I cook 2-3 times the number of potatoes I’d normally cook for a meal, then store the rest in the refrigerator. I’ll shred them up and fry into hash browns, with a fried egg on top or slice them up for a fried potatoes. Precooked potatoes also give me a head start for breakfast burritos.
- I always make multiple batches of muffins, waffles, and French toast. They freeze and reheat just fine.
- I soak oatmeal the night before. I combine equal parts oatmeal and water with a spoonful of yogurt in a saucepan. In the morning, I add the same amount of water again, with some sort of fruit and heat it up. By the time it’s warmed, it’s cooked and ready to eat.
- I schedule a breakfast routine. Sunday is always cold cereal, Monday is oatmeal, Thursday is pancakes or waffles. Having a regular routine reduces my need to think and not having to think always speeds my life up considerably.
These are a few of the strategies that I’ve intentionally begun to use. It’s been an incredibly useful plan once it’s established. Not only is breakfast served with less preparation time, but I get on with my day sooner because there is less clean-up involved.
Do you have any tips to make your breakfast routine smoother? If you ask me, there’s no such thing as too much help in this area!