Is your kitchen suffering?
It may seem strange to think about a kitchen having feelings, but think of it this way: if you are cooking or baking in an inefficient, poorly organized kitchen, then both you and your meals are going to suffer. You don’t have to live like this!
Thankfully, there’s plenty of help for those who need a little assistance in getting their kitchens in order. Integrate these five tips, and watch how quickly your kitchen transforms into a slick, smooth, cake-makin’ and bread-bakin’ machine.
Tip #1: Classify, then organize your containers (including pots and pans).
It’s amazing how few cooks and chefs know exactly where to find the bowl, spoon, or cooking utensil they need when they need it. More often than not, there is at least a 10-second hunt for just the right tool or spatula – a significant, compounding waste of time!
To address this, classify your cookware, Tupperware, and storage containers before you organize them so that you know exactly what is where.
Tip #2: When you cook, clean as you go.
This is probably the most often-cited phrase of wisdom among cooking and baking circles. When a typical family meal can result in half a dozen different dirty pots and pans, cleaning as you cook can save a ton of time.
When you clean a dish that you just used to cook something, you’re able to enjoy the fruits of your labors sooner, and you can get back to making more delicious food sooner, too!
Tip #3: Learn 7-day meal planning.
What would it be like if you could only spend one day a week in the kitchen? Imagine how much more of your life you could get back! 7-day meal planning is a great way to feed your future self with today’s efforts, and it can result in heaps of saved time.
Tip #4: Invest in high-efficiency appliances.
There’s a reason why high-efficiency dishwashers, refrigerators, and garbage disposals are all the rage. That reason is that, when this equipment is used daily, less energy and human effort is required to complete the same task.
Dishes end up cleaner with a lower overall energy bill. What’s not to love about that?
Tip #5: Trade up your cutlery.
Speaking of investments… how modern is the knife set you’re using on a routine basis? Maybe it’s time to trade up your existing cutlery to a sharper, easier-to-use one that saves you time during meal preparation.
When you add all of these tips together, they make for a powerhouse of change for your kitchen. Now go forth, and do great culinary things!