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    Default Half cooking dinner earlier in the day

    Ok ladies my dd is out of control today so I know I have no hope of getting dinner prepped and cooked by 6pm. So i've just finished making a pasta bake (with mince) but haven't gone as far to put it in the oven yet. So can I wait until say 5.30 pm before I do the oven part or should I do it now and reheat later?

    And if anyone suggests I can do it later should I leave it out on the bench (still warm) or put it in the fridge (again, its still warm).

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    I'd just pop it in the fridge and cook it when you are ready later.

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    If it was me I'd do the oven bit later.

    Wait for it it to cool a bit, then cover with alfoil in fridge then cook it later.

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    Pop it in the freezer until it cools down then pop it in the fridge, should take about 30min @ 180oC to reheat if the pasta is cooked already or alternatively you can nuke it and bunging under the grill..

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    i usually prep dinner earlier in the day and put in oven just before dinner.

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    Thanks ladies. The mince was previously frozen so I am just being extra careful not to make us sick! Ok so I am leaving it now and will put in fridge when it cools a bit and cook in oven later.

    Thermolicious - good idea but the dish wouldn't fit it my freezer to cool it quicker

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    I would just keep in the fridge and oven it just before dinner - i do this often to avoid having to prepare dinner when my kids are at their worst

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    Just out of curiosity - what age did you stop having to do dinner early? I started giving dd dinner with us at about 12 months at 6pm but I think we need to go back to early prep and give her dinner at 5.30pm. She is unbearable - literally hanging off me and nudging her head into my butt or other places!

    She's 18 months.

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    Well my 3.5 year old still has dinner at 5.30, any later and she becomes a nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MothersMilk View Post
    Well my 3.5 year old still has dinner at 5.30, any later and she becomes a nightmare.
    Same! DH works till 6:30 PITA


 

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