How late do you cook dinner?

United States
June 2, 2008 3:51pm CST
When do you start cooking dinner? Do you ever start dinner really late? Do you find that it helps to start cooking dinner early? Most days, I cook dinner before four pm, so that my spouse can take some to work with him. It's more convenient that way. There are always plenty of leftovers for the next day too. Years ago, before I had my family, I would wait to fix dinner until past nine pm. Now, I have to get things going much earlier.
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@cream97 (29163)
• United States
2 Jun 08
The latest I would cook is at 5 or 6 in the evening. Sometime, if I am preparing dinner, I will cook at 1 or 2 in the morning, while the kids are asleep. This makes it easier for me to concentrate on what I am doing..
• United States
2 Jun 08
Actually, that's a very good tip. I might adopt your idea and start preparing the bulk of the meal ahead of time and stashing it in tupperware in the fridge so it's already done. Thanks!
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@cream97 (29163)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Yes do that! It works for me. I like to plan things ahead of time, if possible. It makes it so much easier for me. 24 hrs in a day goes by very quick, and I try to do as much as I can do in a day! Thanks
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@gemini_rose (16192)
2 Jun 08
I try to get dinner as early as I possibly can. I think that this is the most busiest time of the day for me. I have to pick the kids up from school at 3.15pm, come home and empty their bags, do their homework with them. Make lunches for the next day and try and cook tea as early as possible. Most days I can have them sitting down to a meal for 5.30pm at the earliest, but if I am running late because of errands I have had to do after school then it can be gone 6pm.
• United States
2 Jun 08
You sound just like me! That's my busiest time too. This afternoon, I was wishing that I were an octopus with eight arms. I had so many things to do at once. I had to finish up the dishes and meal and put my spouse's dinner (for work) in a tupperware container. And, then my daughter kept coming into the kitchen and asking me to make macaroni for her dinner (instead of chicken), so I was trying to do that too. And, ironically, the last thing I made was tea, in the microwave. About that time, my spouse offered to help me clean up a big project, when he should have been getting ready and dressed for work. Sweet thought, but bad timing! Arrgh! All in all, it was an extremely busy hour. Things have settled down to their usual hum since he drove off to work. All are fed and blissfully happy. Well, all except for mommy. I got a cup of yogurt and forgot to feed myself, until this very minute. Toodles! Gotta go eat.
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@34momma (13891)
• United States
2 Jun 08
i would love to be able to start dinner that early. i don't get in from work until 7pm. so i start between 7:10 and 7:15. i just think it is too late to be eating at that time. but that is the only time i have to do it.
• United States
2 Jun 08
Don't worry, you're doing a great job. And, I'm sure everyone appreciates your efforts. I have to start so soon, because otherwise he wouldn't get any food at work and would end up buying McD's food and that's not good for his diet. Too much salt. Thanks for dropping by.
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@marina321 (4561)
3 Jun 08
Mostly depends on whether it's a work day or an off day, a busy day or a chilled out one but mostly it gets done at 6 pm as little one needs to be in bed early. I tend to make enough to last me a couple of days and refrigerate it and warm up whenever we're hungry the next day.
@marina321 (4561)
3 Jun 08
Most days, I make dinner at 6pm or make it in time for 6pm. It really depends on what shift I am working most times. I also tend to cook enough to last a couple of days and refigerate it and warm it up whenever we get round to eating dinner the next day. All depends on whether it's a busy day, a work day or off day,if we've had a day out or if we're hungry!:)
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I normally start cooking dinner around 5pm. Dinner is normally on the table between 6 and 6:30. If it is something that takes a long time to cook then I may start at 4:30.
@jczvrse (169)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I prefer to have dinner over with including the dishes washed by 6 pm I like to enjoy my evenings, but there are times that I don't get dinner on the table until 10 pm I hate that. That usually happens when we bbq though it's too hot earlier to bbq it's kind of nice do bbq when its late but the clean up takes me until midnight and by then im so tired i dont enjoy anything just go straight to bed...yuck
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I can't eat past 7:30 or 8 in the evening because then I will be awake most of the night as my metabolism struggles to do its thing. So, I tend to start dinner by 6:30 or no later than 6:45. But, if it is something that will take a while to make, I will start earlier. I try not to start too early though because it has to sit around and wait for the hubby to get home. He usually doesn't get home much before 8 or later. So, I cook it, I eat mine and then it sits and waits for him to get home. And, since we don't have any warmers that won't over cook anything, that means keeping it as warm as I can by wishful thinking and then putting the stove or oven back on just before he gets home.
@royaks (66)
• Philippines
3 Jun 08
I cook 8 or 9 am for my breakfast. 2 pm for my lunch and 8 pm for my supper. Yeah...it's quite late. That's my life.hehe
@laglen (19779)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I start dinner when I get home from work, sometimes 5 sometimes as late as 7 but I don't like to eat so late. The later the hour, the quicker and lighter the meal!
@Samanthavv (1383)
• United States
3 Jun 08
If by cook, you mean microwaving stuff, or mooching off my grandparents leftovers, then usually sometime in the evening whenever I get hungry. I don't cook a lot. I know, not good, but that's how life is for me. It's a little too chaotic to actually cook. I live in a 400 sq ft cabin. There ISN"T room to cook.
@mummymo (23707)
3 Jun 08
We usually have dinner anywhere between 4 and 7 pm but that is because the kids need to eat at a reasonable time before bed! Even if we eat at 6.30 my daughter still insist on supper before bed at 7.30 or 8! lol xxx
@missbdoll (1168)
• Australia
3 Jun 08
As I've only got myself to please and I work at home I usualy do it between 6 and 7 of a night.That way I can work again, because I'm always up late.
• Australia
3 Jun 08
I fix the 'when to cook dinner' problem by cooking twice! I cook one dinner for the kids at 6pm and then get the adults dinner at 7:30pm. If my husband came home at 5:30pm, I would cook for all of us at 6pm though because kids need to eat at an earlier time. Children need their stomachs full because you know what they say about empty vessels!
@chryss (658)
• Philippines
3 Jun 08
for me i start cooking food for dinner around 5 pm and 7:30 is the time eat dinner..sometimes we eta early sometimes late..depends on how starve we are lol...it's really good to prepare food early than late..the more early it is no hassle to encounter..
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
3 Jun 08
When I cook really varies. It just depends on what we've got going on, and what shift my husband is working. When my husband is working second shift, we eat lunch together, and then he eats dinner at work, and I usually fix something fairly light for my son and me, whenever Elliott tells me he is hungry. Sometimes that is 4 pm, other times it is 8 pm. It really depends on whether or not he has an afternoon snack and nap, though.
@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
3 Jun 08
i cook dinner quite late as i usually reach home at 7.15 pm the earliest... so i start cooking straight away and it can go until 8.00 pm... after that, we have to clean up... by the time everything is finished, it is almost 9.00 pm and we just have a rest after that... take care and have a nice day...
@gr8life (6252)
• Malaysia
3 Jun 08
Hello beautyqueen26, I start cooking dinner at 6pm every day. We normally have our dinner at 7pm. Before I get married, I didn't care about the house chores as I am the youngest daughter in my family. So, I only know that my dinner will be ready whenever I feel like eating it. Nowadays, I prefer to cook instead of buying food outside. I always make sure my husband and kid won't get too hungry and start to cook right after I reached home every day.
@bfarrier1 (2082)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I usually start dinner at 6pm my husband gets home at 5:30 so this gives him time to shower, rest some and do evening chores that he wants done,I really don't like eating this late but what ever works for the both of us I guess.Have a great night
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
during the week, my hubby starts cooking around 5 (or i will start something at 4:30 - like chicken in the oven) and we usually eat around 5:30 ish or so, sometimes on the weekend, it is a little later, depending on what we are doing that day.