In this day and age, people often want to balance the desire for home-cooked comfort foods with the need for quick and convenient preparations. Here are some strategies and tips for enjoying traditional stews and casseroles without spending so much time in the kitchen. No. They don’t taste like grandma’s, but..

USE OF FAST APPLIANCES

Pressure Cooker: Significantly reduces the cooking time of pulses and meats. A stew that would traditionally take several hours can be ready in a pressure cooker in a fraction of the time.

Slow Cooker: Perfect for adding all the ingredients in the morning and finding the stew ready when you return home in the evening.

Multi-Purpose Cookers (Instant Pot): These appliances combine pressure cooking with the functionality of a slow cooker, as well as having sautéing options, which is useful for preparing ingredients before stewing.

Air fryer: The appliance that is revolutionising the kitchen with its special magic can be a great ally for your stews by cooking the chorizo until it is crispy. This way you can add it to a spoon dish at the last minute.

Microwave: Although not ideal for all stews, it can be used to cook some ingredients faster or to heat up pre-prepared dishes.

PREPARATION TECHNIQUES

Pre-cut or Frozen Ingredients: Many supermarkets offer pre-cut vegetables and chunked meats that save time in preparation.

Chorizo Barbacoa: Ortiz Chorizo Barbacoa is ready to eat in less than 5 minutes. Using a microwave or an air fryer or frying pan, you will have a chorizo sausage ready in no time at all to give your pre-cooked vegetables that touch that will remind you of the cuisine of yesteryear. You can also cook it for tapas while you are making lunch or a snack for the little ones.

Chorizo Sarta: Always ready to eat. Our additive-free sarta also cooks quickly and is the ideal condiment for your dishes.

Canned pulses: Using pre-cooked pulses such as chickpeas, lentils or beans saves soaking and cooking time. Nowadays they are available in high quality in shops and supermarkets.

Pantry Stock: Keeping a pantry stocked with quality broths, spices, and other essential ingredients can speed up the cooking process.

PLANNING AND ORGANISATION

Batch Cooking: Dedicate one day a week to cook large quantities of casseroles that can then be frozen and consumed throughout the week or month.

Simplified Recipes: Look for versions of traditional recipes that are adapted for quicker preparations without sacrificing too much flavour.

Shared Meals: Organise meal swaps with family or friends, where everyone prepares a large batch of a dish and then exchanges portions.

Reheating: Many casseroles and stews taste better the next day, so cooking in quantity and reheating can be both practical and delicious.