Today I’m going to talk about How To Save Time In The Kitchen.
Do you love to cook? I actually love to try new recipes, but the problem is finding the time to create them. If you’re eating the same meals over and over again, it becomes boring to your family. Between running a business, homeschooling, church and outside activities, life can become pretty busy. In order to spend more time eating at home, I have to prepare meals. This will prevent me from eating out at the last-minute because nothing is prepared. I’ve found a few way that I save time in the kitchen.
Here are a few ideas.
1. Have a plan.
There’s nothing more frustrating when you’re in the process of preparing a meal and you have no idea what you’re going to cook. Plan your meals. There are many online options available. Find your favorite resource and gather their meal plans. If Friday night is a non-cook night, then make that part of your plan. The most important thing is to have a menu already and in place. There are seasons I’m really good at this. I’m best at planning my meals during the fall and winter months. The spring and summer are very flexible. Make your plan work for your family.
2. Prepping in advance.
Prepping your meals in advance will save you a lot of time in the kitchen. You’ll be amazed at the amount of time you’ll save just by cutting up your vegetables.
One of my favorite items I’ve learned to master is making bread. If your family loves bread, in my opinion, the best solution is to make it yourself. It’ll be free from added and unnecessary ingredients and it’s much healthier than the store-bought bread.
With the right tools, it’s pretty easy. I purchased a Zojirushi bread machine last year and it has saved me hours in the kitchen. I mill my wheat in my Wonder Mill and add my remaining ingredients in the machine. My bread is ready in 2.5 hours. There’s no kneading or going through first and second rises. Believe me, that was my routine for over a year. It’s all done in the machine. Now, all machines aren’t created equal. I’ve had less quality machines and my bread always turned out with a lot of imperfections. The Zojirushi machine is the best I’ve found. The bread is cooked perfectly.
3. Have a clean kitchen.
Having a clean kitchen from the beginning is crucial. It’s very frustrating trying to prepare a meal when things are out-of-order and all over the place. When my kitchen is clean, I have an easier time cooking. A clean kitchen also makes me want to cook more.
4. Cook soups.
Soups are my favorite go to meal. They are quick, easy and most of all they’re very filling. There are many quick soup recipes that can be made under an hour. Lentil soup is on the top of my list.
5. Invest in a crock pot.
If you don’t have a crock pot, get one today. Crock pots are a life saver. Mine has literally become my your best friend in the kitchen. It is so easy to throw in your ingredients and within a few hours, dinner is ready. I almost forgot how useful my crock pot was until a friend was throwing her’s away. While I was encouraging her not to trash it, I was also reminding myself of its useful value. The new buzz is the Instant Pot. I haven’t invested in one, but I’ve heard great reviews about it. Perhaps you could try an Instant Pot. I would love to hear your review on this pot.
6. Get your children involved.
Learning is not just in the books. Learning is engaging in real life activities. From your smallest to oldest child, they can learn by doing small tasks. I’m currently training my son to cook small and easy foods. He’s actually at the point where he can make his own breakfast and lunch with little assistance. Children love to help and the kitchen is the perfect place for them to dive in. Remember, you’re training the next generation, so get them in the kitchen. My son’s wife is going to love him for the great investment I’m sowing into him now.
7. Double your recipes.
There’s nothing like cooking enough for leftovers. Leftovers are wonderful and at times they taste better than the day before. If you’ve cooked more than enough, why not freeze what’s left. There are some key tips to keep in mind for doubling your recipes. You can read more here.
8. Keep staple items on hand.
Keep staple items on hand. You should always have staple items such as your favorite stock or broth, herbs and spices, sauces, flour, etc.
9. Clean as you go.
Oh, this is huge for me. If you clean as you go, you will cut your overall clean up time in half. Here are a few ideas.
- Load your dishwasher with used utensils, pots, etc. as you use them.
- Wipe your counters down once you’ve completed a task such as prepping your vegetables
Implement these ideas and share with me your results. I would love to hear how you saved time in the kitchen.