10 tips for being more efficient in the kitchen

Is your kitchen just a room that you pass through? Are you intimidated by the thought of cooking?

If you answered yes, then I’m here to help with 10 tips for being more efficient in the kitchen.

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~Organize your kitchen

Set your kitchen up in zones to save you time while cooking.  For example, a prep zone, a baking zone, etc.

Having an organized kitchen means that little helpers can easily “pass the spatula” or hand you a spoon.

And anyone who unloads the dishwasher will know exactly where everything goes.

~Menu plan

Menu planning saves so much time and even money.  When you plan out your meals for the week, it dictates your grocery list and keeps you from impulse buying.

Having a menu plan also means eating at home and eating healthier.  It’s a win-win.

~Keep a running list of items you need to buy on your next trip to the grocery store

This is one tip that I need to implement.  It’s much better than trying to keep a mental list.  I don’t have room in my brain for that. ;)

~Clean as you go

Keep a “trash bowl” handy while your cooking.  It keeps your surface area free for meal preparation and you don’t have to look at a dirty kitchen during meal time.

Make it a habit to clear the counters and empty the sink each night as well.  That way you won’t wake up to a chore first thing in the morning.

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~Prepare measurements and ingredients ahead of time.  

If your meal requires chopping vegetables or herbs, take time to do it earlier in the day.  Having the ingredients ready will make quick work of preparing dinner.

Before preparing dinner, go ahead and set out all of the spices you will need as well as measuring cups and spoons.

~Reuse pots and pans instead of dirtying up multiple

For example, if you need a large mixing bowl to mix your meatloaf and also to whip mashed potatoes, just wash between uses rather than dirtying two bowls.

~Make sure all of the dishes, utensils, etc. are clean and ready to use for meal times

It can be embarrassing, not to mention frustrating to realize you are shy on spoons or bowls when it’s time to serve dinner.  Take an inventory beforehand and wash a few dishes if necessary.

~Have the dishwasher empty so that dinner dishes can be loaded immediately

If the dishwasher needs to be unloaded, it makes for a convenient excuse not to put away the dinner dishes.  Sometimes, once I’ve got dinner in the oven or simmering on the stove, I have my daughter unload the dishwasher.  It only takes 10 minutes at the most.

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~Know how long each dish takes to cook so that dinner is ready at the same time

Most of the time, the main entree and side dishes have varying cooking times.  Knowing when to start each one so that everything finishes cooking at about the same time keeps dishes from getting cold.

It also lets you know how much time you need to prepare dinner.

~Use your kitchen timer to keep track of cooking times

This tip is just too easy not to do.  A timer keeps you on task and saves you from burning dinner.

With these tips, you’ll be cooking in the kitchen in no time!

See you in class,

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

Comments

  1. Great tips! I always clean as I go because I hate to do lots of dishes afterwards! :)

  2. Me too!

  3. This is great, Sharon! I pinned you and am featuring this tomorrow on my fb page.

  4. Thank you, Marty! I’m so flattered!

  5. Great tips!!! I like the idea of a trash bowl!! Have a great weekend!!~~Angela

  6. These are really useful, time saving and great tips, Sharon! I think menu planning is one of the biggest helps in the kitchen!
    And I carry around my timer in my apron pocket!
    I need to do a better job at clean-as-you-go. I’m usually multitasking while I cook and have a big clean up at the end. Thanks for the tips and the encouragement to do better!

  7. I do well with clean as you go but have to take a day for kitchen organization. I spend cooking time walking around the kitchen. Great ideas. Thank you.

  8. I really needed this. Thanks so much! Pinned and tweeted :)

  9. You’re welcome, Jeanette. I’m so glad you found this post helpful!

  10. Cleaning as a go is a must. Now if I only cooked ;-)

  11. Awesome tips! I am really good about doing all of those things, for about a week. Then I fall back into those old patterns again :( What I really need is someone to follow behind me and clean up as I cook! :)

  12. Such wonderful tips, thank you!!!
    XO
    Kristin

  13. Love these tips!!

  14. Now that would be the best solution of all!

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