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View Poll Results: How long does it take to cook your dinner on avg?
15 mins 2 4.88%
16-30 mins 2 4.88%
31-45 mins 17 41.46%
46-60 mins 10 24.39%
1-1.5 hr 2 4.88%
1.5-2 hr 7 17.07%
2-2.5 hr 1 2.44%
more than 2.5 hr 0 0%
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:26 AM   #1
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Question Cooking duration

Just want to know how long is the avg cooking duration of DC members..

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Old 01-20-2008, 04:14 AM   #2
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I'll say 2-hours average .... but it depends on the "menu". One night might be an hour ... another might be 3 hours. If I make pot of Italian "gravy" - that simmers for 4-6 hours ... but the dishes I make from it might only take 10-45 minutes. A pot roast take about 3 hours - turning the leftovers into a stew only takes about 20-30 minutes.
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:21 AM   #3
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Not in DC, but thought this was interesting so I hope its ok to respond anyway.
I would have to do an average as well, about an hour or so. In the winter we are off and have alot of time so we tend to make more complex meals that take upwards of 1.5 to 2 hours to make. In the summer we do either slow cooker recipes that are started before we leave and ready when we get back, or simple 30 minute meals.
I excluded the slow cooker meals as I think 8 to 10 hours would throw off the average, LOL.
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:39 AM   #4
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OH. DC is short for Discuss Cooking not Washington DC.
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Old 01-20-2008, 10:56 AM   #5
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It really depends - average weeknight 30minutes +, Sunday dinner can be 2hrs+ and a dinner for guests - yesterday we satrted at lunchtime for 7pm meal.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:02 AM   #6
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I aim for quicker meals during the week and longer cooking ones on the weekends. 30-45 minutes on average for me.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:09 AM   #7
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That's a pretty difficult question to answer. Since I cook everything I eat, it can take anywhere from simple pasta with my premade spaghetti sauce and a tossed salad 15 min. maximum to an involved but easy dish like veal Marsala 40 min. start to finish. I would say not counting cooking time no more than 20 min. on the average. But then, I've been cooking for 45 years and can make a good dinner in 30 minutes - I'm a fast worker - me and Rachel Ray.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:10 AM   #8
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I am slow on the whole prep thing, because I really enjoy the slicing, dicing,
mixing and all that jazz!
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:10 AM   #9
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usually about a hour .. but for the most part its due to trying to
time it to serve at a certain point ..
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:34 PM   #10
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5 minutes. 7 minutes if the bag of salad greens hasn't been opened yet.
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