Pre Ramadan Tips

by Zeena

Ramadan can be a busy and stressful time - especially those who have to prepare the evening's Iftar. Here are some tips for makingyour life jus that little bit easier before and during the mont

Buy all necessities for the month of Ramadan before Ramadan so you can spend less time during the holy month rushing around. You can be more focused on your religious rituals and spiritual development. Everyone in the family, even the kids, can participate, writing a shopping list, preparing some meals to be stored in the freezer.

 

Get as much ready food ready before Ramadan as you can for example:  Prepare vegetables storing them in the freezer to have them ready when you need them. Chop onions, garlic and keep them in the freezer to have them to hand when cooking Iftar.

If you've developed a bad sleeping pattern through the year, start readjusting now so you can wake up for Fajr prayer: it'll be 3am this year.

Have a pre-Ramadan clean-up session. We don't want to be spending a lot of time and energy doing any major cleaning up in our kitchen during Ramadan. Why not do as much of this as you can beforehand. 

Get rid of any unwanted materials or ingredients to make space for the items that you will need for Ramadan. Wipe (inside and outside) your oven, microwave, cabinets, fridge, freezer, windows, kitchen counter, stove top and floor. Find somewhere for all your ingredients and kitchen utensils or tools.

Stock up on kitchen helpers, Items like cling wrap, foil, paper towel, plastic bags and food containers (preferably glass if you plan to reheat them in the microwave) come in many brands and sizes, some of which are very, very cheap. They are useful to have in the kitchen, especially when it comes to meal preparation and storing leftovers or make-ahead meals.

Learn some kitchen short-cuts: tricks that can make your life less stressful. If your want to have an easier time in the kitchen this Ramadan, then learn as many short-cuts as possible. Use a food processor to chop onions, soak pre-cut fruits in salt-water to prevent them from going brown.