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Last Updated on November 4, 2020 by Remonia
Have you ever felt like you spend too much time in your kitchen?
You’re already occupied with other activities and you’re too tired to take on another one that may take a while to complete.
Sometimes you enter the kitchen to throw together a quick breakfast, lunch, dinner or maybe to complete a small task which turns into something much greater.
You value your time, and even if you enjoy cooking and baking, you don’t believe you have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
So, let me share with you 42 ridiculously easy tips for saving time in the kitchen. These are the tips I use, and I’m sure you’ll find them useful.
- 1. Take Turns
- 2. Create a Checklist
- 3. Put Pots on the Fire Early
- 4. Get Your Children Involved
- 5. Use Meal Delivery Services
- 6. Avoid Peeling Food on Your Countertop
- 7. Make Use of a Sink Strainer
- 8. Plan Your Meals
- 9. Clean Sink Drain Regularly
- 10. Create a Recipe Book
- 11. Take Requests
- 12. Use a Soap Dispenser
- 13. Get Organized
- 14. Cook Enough to Last More Than a Day
- 15. Identify Dietary Restrictions and Allergies
- 16. Presoak Cookware
- 17. Prep Food in Advance
- 18. Clean as You Go
- 19. Prepare Freezer Meals
- 20. Keep a List of Kitchen Hacks
- 21. Find Recipes That Requires No Cooking
- 22. Keep Pantry Stocked with Essential Items
- 23. Try Slow Cooker Meals on Busy Days
- 24. Wear an Apron
- 25. Prepare Dinnerware Overnight
- 26. Use Disposable Dinnerware
- 27. Eat Out
- 28. Do Quick Grocery Checks
- 29. Have a Back-Up Plan
- 30. Reduce Snacking
- 31. Take Advantage of a Kitchen Scale
- 32. Make Use of a Kitchen Timer
- 33. Use Liners
- 34. Avoid Trying New Recipes On Busy Days
- 35. Make Your Breakfast Overnight
- 36. Make Kitchen Gadgets Your Best Friend
- 37. Make Lunch Ahead of Time
- 38. Use a Kitchen Conversion Chart
- 39. Find Meals You Can Create With Leftover Ingredients
- 40. Set Up a Food Station or Food Bar
- 41. Do It Buffet Style
- 42. Use Cleaning Tools and Products That Will Make Life Easier
1. Take Turns
Having children who are old enough to cook means you don’t need to be in the kitchen often.
With that said, you won’t be free as a bird, but you’ll find more time to do other essential things.
You can let them occasionally cook, especially during the holidays when they’ll have more time on their hands.
Also, if you’re living with family members, you can take turns to cook different days of the week.
So, what you can do is create a cooking schedule showing which day each person will cook, so no one forgets their day.
2. Create a Checklist
Having a checklist is essential because it helps you to be more productive.
Why not create one for the tasks you need to complete in the kitchen?
Create a list of things you need to do to keep your kitchen clean and organized daily, weekly and monthly, whether you’ll do them yourself or have your family assist you.
It’s an easy way of keeping track of your duties in the kitchen.
But, to avoid things from getting out of control, let your family know what you expect of them each time they enter the kitchen.
Everyone should stick to the list, including you.
Here are a couple of things you can add to your checklist:
- Mop or sweep floors
- Wash dishes, pots, pans, bowls, utensils, sanitize cutting board and put away all once dry
- Clean countertops, placemats, stovetop, and table after eating
- Wipe any spills that occurred while cooking and throw away food scraps
- Clean kitchen gadgets and put them back in their storage area
- Wash kitchen towels
- Clean kitchen sink drain
- Clean microwave (you could do this daily depending on how often you use it)
- Throw out the food you no longer want from the refrigerator then give the interior a quick wipe down
- Check pantry to see what food has finished then make a note of it
- Thoroughly clean recycling bins and trash cans
- Restock pantry if needed
- Clean inside and behind the stove
- Clean the under sink storage area
- Wash kitchen curtains and clean windows
- Dust and clean on top, inside and below food cupboards
3. Put Pots on the Fire Early
Put pots you need for cooking on the stove before you prep the food.
If you’re using a gas stove that’s close to a window, keep the windows half closed instead of wide open because the wind coming through will increase the time it takes for your food to cook.
Use large pots for bulk cooking and place them on the biggest burners for faster cooking.
You’ll want to cover the pot to ensure boiling takes less time.
However, with foods such as pasta, rice, beans, and dumplings, you’ll notice you can’t cover your pot without it boiling over.
Things can get messy quite fast if you’re not watching your pot.
And standing over your pot and blowing bubbles every time the foam comes up isn’t an option.
Use one of these three options and see which works best for you:
- Keep pot slightly covered and reduce heat once boiling begins
- Remove the cover altogether, but only if you’re cooking something that won’t take long to prepare
- Use a deep pot and reduce the heat once the water starts to boil
4. Get Your Children Involved
Take your children along with you when you’re going into the kitchen.
Have them take part in cleaning up spills, washing utensils and dirty dishes during and after the cooking process.
This is a wonderful way for you to teach them a bit of responsibility and how to prepare several meals.
In addition, you can use this time to catch up on things going on in their lives.
It won’t feel too much like work when you have a little company in the kitchen.
5. Use Meal Delivery Services
It can be frustrating when you’ve had a crazy day and then you come home and have to think about what to cook.
Even if you’ve thought of something to cook, you may not have all the ingredients you need.
What if you’re too tired to shop for groceries? You could end up having junk food and perhaps more often than you should if you have lots of busy days ahead.
The best thing you can do in your situation is to make use of meal delivery services like these:
Sakara is an organic food delivery service that supplies plant-based ingredients that are Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and have no refined sugars.
They offer ready-made breakfast, lunch, dinner, daily detox teas that support digestion and supplements that help to boost skin, brain and gut health.
How does chocolate supplements sound?
If you can’t resist the taste of chocolate, you really will not want to miss out on getting some of their supplements.
Cost and delivery: For a five-day plan, Sakara charges $99 per person per day, and they make deliveries across the Continental United States.
Sun Basket is your best option if you have special dietary needs.
They provide organic produce and ingredients every week.
In addition, they supply Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Mediterranean and other recipes.
And, if you have little cooking skills, there’s no need to worry because they provide videos to help you improve your cooking game.
Cost and delivery: The Classic Menu starts at two persons with three recipes per week and the first box costs $71.94, while the Family Menu provides you with two recipes per week for four people and they charge $87.92 for the first box.
Sun Basket ships to most places in the United States; however, they don’t ship to the following zip codes like AK, MT, HI and parts of ND and NM.
Want pre-cooked fresh meals in the form of breakfast, lunch and dinner you can prepare in a short time (less than ten minutes)? Well, Freshly is just right for you.
The meals are all-natural, gluten-free, packed with protein and free from refined sugars.
And they are placed in a refrigerated box containing ice packs for shipping to your destination. Their packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.
You’ll love Freshly if you’re busy.
Cost and delivery: Starting at four meals per week for one person, they charge you $49.99. Presently, Freshly delivers to all states within the Continental United States.
Green Chef is another organic meal delivery service that provides prepped and pre-measured ingredients to cook meals you can complete in just about 30 minutes.
Like a little extra? You’ll find pre-made spice blends, sauces, and marinades for your recipes.
Apart from that, Green Chef offers Keto, Paleo, Omnivore, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Pescatarian and other meals too, so there is something for everyone.
Cost and delivery: On the 2-Person Plan, you’ll get three dinners (6 meals/servings total) while on the Family Plan, you’ll get two dinners for a family of four served for parents and kids (8 meals/servings total per box). The cost per meal varies on the type of food plan chosen.
Green Chef delivers to most places in the continental United States. However, at the time of writing this post, they’re not able to deliver to places like Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Louisiana at the moment.
Become a Master Chef when you get your hands on a Home Chef box. Get up to 26 fresh weekly options, including steak, chicken, pork, fish, and vegetarian.
They set menus five weeks in advance to give you the flexibility to plan weekly meals like a boss.
Get add-ons like a smoothie or seasonal fruit basket with each starting at $4.95/serving.
Cost and delivery: Home Chef charges $7.99 /serving and makes deliveries to several areas in the United States.
Nevertheless, to know if they deliver to your area, you must first enter your zip code and do a quick search.
6. Clean Sink Drain Regularly
Sometimes our kitchen sink drains become filled with pieces of left-over food from our plates, and this can clog our drains.
As a result, you won’t be able to wash any dishes unless you have a dishwasher (they get clogged too, so don’t forget to clean it frequently).
It’s important to clean your drain as often as possible. So, be sure to remove all food from the plates, pots and pans to avoid this kind of problem.
7. Make Use of a Sink Strainer
Use a sink strainer to stop food from getting into the drain.
If you’re like me, you’ll definitely dislike fighting with your sink to remove food particles.
It’s unpleasant, time-consuming and costly to remove build-up. For this reason, you have to do your best to prevent it.
8. Plan Your Meals
Meal planning allows you to buy groceries you need in bulk, prepare an entire week or months worth of food and prevents you from wasting it since you’ll be using your ingredients on time.
Because of this, you need to create a menu to keep track of all the meals you want to cook for the week or the month.
A menu is not only a handy guide because it keeps track of meals you want to prepare, but it also helps you to know what ingredients you’ll need to get for your meals.
While creating a menu can take some time to put together, there are two things you could do to make the process quicker.
1. Use Apps
This meal planner is free and is accessible on the web, IOS and Android platforms.
Pepperplate allows you to add recipes or import recipes from other sites.
Also, you can share your menu and shopping list with your friends and family.
The app is great at organizing your recipes.
And, if you need a friendly nudge to complete your meals on time, Pepperplate has got your back with multiple cooking timers to help you get the job done.
It’s a free but powerful app that helps with organizing your shopping list based on the recipes you select. It’s available on the web, IOS and Android platforms.
The most incredible thing about ZipList is that it lets you know when discounts are available at grocery stores.
Yummly is a free app that’s available on IOS and Android platforms.
The best thing about Yummly is that it offers helpful videos and speeds up the planning process by simplifying your search of recipes based on the time it takes to cook, your diet, allergy, cuisine, nutrition and other necessary factors.
Isn’t that awesome?
2. Try Meal Planning Services
Plan to eat
Plan to Eat is a meal planning service that helps busy people make healthier food decisions while reducing the stress that comes with their cooking experience.
The app is accessible on IOS and Android platforms.
Find your recipes, add them manually, or by copying URLs from supported sites and have your shopping list automatically created for you.
Plan to eat is not free, but the best thing about it is there are no automatic subscription renewals.
Therefore, you can renew your subscription any time you want after it expires.
Cost: You can sample the service free for 30 days, after which you’ll pay $4.95/month or $39/year.
Cook Smarts is a meal planning service that offers Vegetarian, Paleo and Gluten-Free diet options.
With Cook Smarts, you can tweak your shopping list and get items without leaving the comfort of your home. This is possible because of the grocery delivery service provided by Instacart.
In case you’re not great at cooking, Cook Smarts provides guided lessons to help you shine like a pro in the kitchen.
Cost: At Cook Smart, they charge you $8/month $21/quarter and $72/year.
$5 Meal Plan
$5 Meal Plan is another excellent meal planning service option that offers weekly meal plans.
Apart from the weekly plans, there are four specialty meal plans to choose from:
- Paleo Meals
- 30-Minute Meals
- Vegetarian Meals
- Slow Cooker Meals
With $5 Meal Plan, you have the opportunity to download a free sample meal plan from the website.
The meal plan shows the ingredients needed, serving size, whether the meal is freezer-friendly and the total cook time.
However, you can skip the sample plan and get a 14-day free trial before making any commitment.
Cost: starts at $5 per month.
9. Avoid Peeling Food on Your Countertop
Get rid of the extra work by peeling your food on paper bags, plastic bags, or even newspaper you no longer use.
Remember to throw scraps of food in the garbage instead of brushing them on the floor.
10. Create a Recipe Book
Create and store your recipes in a book.
You can do this by placing them in the order of how long it will take to prepare, which will require fewer ingredients, the number of calories each recipe has and whether they are Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free or Pescatarian.
You can also have a separate book for baking and you can add some delicious recipes from Pinterest and other food websites.
11. Take Requests
You don’t need to make all the decisions yourself in deciding what meals your family will have.
Find out what meals they’d like to have once in a while, to avoid cooking something they don’t like.
Taking requests will save you from preparing meals your family will less likely want to consume and waste.
12. Use a Soap Dispenser
Use a soap dispenser or a regular pump bottle to help you with washing the dishes faster.
It’s no fun having to stop every few seconds to squeeze the liquid through a bottle, especially when you’re handling meat.
However, adding dishwashing liquid to the dispenser will not be useful if it’s too thick.
In case it’s hard to get the liquid from the dispenser, first, add a bit of water to the liquid soap then mix it well.
But, if that doesn’t work, that means your dispenser may be clogged.
You can fix this by removing and soaking the pump from the dispenser in warm water for a few minutes to remove the build-up.
13. Get Organized
Tell me this, have you ever walked into your kitchen and instantly felt like you were in the wrong home?
Nothing makes me feel more overwhelmed than walking into a disorganized kitchen.
Keeping an organized kitchen is vital for your sanity and for others who may come into contact with it every day.
So, stay organized by implementing these tips:
- Give items and gadgets their own space
- Put items and gadgets back in their rightful place after use
- Keep the most used items and gadgets upfront to access them quickly
- Label your containers. Accidents happen, particularly when you’re in a hurry. You may add sugar instead of salt to season your meat and we wouldn’t want that, would we? Unless you were planning on making some sweet and sour chicken, then it’s all good.
Use these items to help you stay organized in the kitchen:
- Bakers Rack
- Mason jars
- Fruit basket
- Storage bins
- Storage baskets
- Cleaning caddy
- Drawer organizer
- Magnetic knife bar
- Pan and pot organizer
- Cutting board organizer
- Food storage containers
- Expandable cabinet shelf
- Stackable can rack organizer
- 2 tier dish rack with drainboard
- Over-the-cabinet door organizer
- Hanging rack for under the sink cleaning items
- Under sink 2-tier expandable shelf organizer rack
14. Cook Enough to Last More Than a Day
There are days when you dislike cooking, and that’s understandable. You can solve this problem by cooking plenty of food that will last you for a few days.
However, just in case you tired of having leftovers, please do not throw them away unless they’ve gone bad.
Tuck them in the freezer until you want them.
And don’t forget to put a date on the storage containers or bags so you can know when you placed them in the freezer.
15. Identify Dietary Restrictions and Allergies
Having dinner guests over is fun. But, it’s not fun for them if you give them food they can’t eat.
As a courtesy to your guests, find out what dietary restrictions or allergies they have before you cook anything.
Serving them something they can’t eat will only force them to waste your food because not everyone will mention they’re uncomfortable with what you’ve given them.
16. Presoak Cookware
Just as how you sometimes need to pre-soak your clothes to remove dirt and stains, you can do the same with your cookware.
Do it immediately after eating if you don’t wish to handle them right away.
When you do this, you’re preventing food from drying, which can be hard to remove.
So, remove scraps of food from your cookware, then place them in a sink filled with water until you’re ready to wash them.
Other the other hand, if you’re using a dishwasher, you can load it immediately after eating.
17. Prep Food in Advance
Looking after food in advance can save you tons of energy you may not have after coming home from a rough day of work.
Depending on your schedule, you can take 1-2 days to prep various types of food until you’re ready to cook them.
Make the process better with these tips:
- Spend some time washing all produce before putting them away.
- Buy pre-cut meat or cut the meat yourself. If you buy meat in bulk, cut up everything then package it into Ziploc bags for later use.
- Cut, package and store vegetables for later use. Use storage that can maintain freshness for a long time. Likewise, you can skip the cutting and get pre-cut vegetables at your grocery store.
- If cutting and chopping produce all day isn’t your thing, you can purchase canned food that requires no cooking like canned veggies, fruits, soups, and meats (tuna and spam).
- Prep, package, and store ingredients for several meals in Ziploc bags, then defrost and cook for mealtime.
18. Clean as You Go
Take a moment to wash up some things you’ve used. In this way, you can stay clear from being overwhelmed after having your meals.
Make an effort to clean spills and messes you’ve made while you’re waiting for the food to cook.
19. Prepare Freezer Meals
Freezer meals are meals cooked in bulk and stored in the freezer for later use.
Preparing meals you can store in the freezer for later use is one of the easiest tips for saving time in the kitchen.
So many women (particularly pregnant women and moms) have taken advantage of this form of cooking because it saves them the stress of having to cook every day.
All you need to do is take a day or two to cook some meals, then reheat when you want them.
Are you pregnant and close to your due date? Take some pressure off becoming a new mother by preparing and storing a few meals ahead of your child’s birth.
It’s the best way to take a small cooking vacation from the kitchen.
You can cook and freeze your breakfast, lunch and dinner for an entire month.
What are the different Freezer Meals I can cook?
Many types of meals will do well in the freezer like:
How do I prepare for batch cooking?
- Decide on the number of days you may need to make all meals (this could be an entire day).
- If you use a gas stove, determine whether your gas will cook all your meals in one day.
- Choose all recipes you wish to cook for the day (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Keto).
- Pay attention to how long each recipe will take to cook and try to stick to ones with short cook time.
- Make a note of all the ingredients you’ll need to cook all meals.
- Plan a day to shop for all ingredients.
- Shop for some freezer meal supplies like sharpie marker, Ziploc bags, mason jars e.t.c.
- Set aside cookware and utensils you need to cook everything.
- Prepare adequate space in the freezer for your meals.
- Use an apron, timer, kitchen conversion chart and kitchen scale to help you speed through cooking.
Now that you have a few tips on cooking freezer meals in bulk, let’s look at some easy freezer meal recipes you can prepare:
While you’re on your way to creating some great meals, you should keep these tips in mind:
Double-check to make sure the recipes you’re about to cook are freezer friendly
Always use appropriate storage for your meals
Make sure you know how to freeze and reheat your meals properly
Make a note of how long you can store your food in the freezer before it becomes spoiled. How long a freezer meal will last will depend on the meal and storage method used.
20. Keep a List of Kitchen Hacks
How many times have you cooked something and you’ve had to fight tooth and nail (try hard) to get rid of the scent that’s left on your hands?
And, how often have you asked yourself how you’re going to clean a surface or cookware that seems tough to clean?
It’s always easier to keep a list of hacks that you use every time you’re in trouble or when you need to spend less time in the kitchen.
Use these kitchen hacks to help you get out of the kitchen faster:
- Cleaning Burnt Pots
Depending on how severely your pot is burnt, you can use baking soda with dishwashing liquid, baking soda, water, water and vinegar or some OxiClean.
First dd water above the burnt point in your pot, then add one of the mentioned items above, place on the fire for 5-10 minutes, then remove and cover your pot for at least 2 minutes before washing.
You can’t use some of these methods for aluminum and nonstick pans because they’ll ruin your cookware. Instead, you can leave them to soak overnight in water and dishwashing liquid.
- Deodorizing Garbage Disposal
Remove stinky smells from your garbage disposal by using lemon-vinegar ice cubes.
Make the cubes by cutting up and placing small pieces of lemon in an ice cube tray, then fill with vinegar and freeze.
Throw one ice cube into the garbage disposal at least once a week or when needed.
- Removing Unwanted Odors From Hands
Some of us may love the smell of garlic, while some of us don’t. But either way, none of us would like to walk around smelling like garlic.
Try using cinnamon powder with dishwashing liquid to remove the odor or some lemon juice. Aside from that, to avoid odors altogether, wear disposable gloves.
- Remove Food Stains From Hands
Foods like sweet potatoes, green plantains and green bananas will leave your hands in a sticky ugly mess, but it’s easy to remove with the use of cooking oil.
Pour about 1-2 tablespoon of oil on your hands, rub together for about 2 minutes, then wash hands with dishwashing liquid.
- Fix Soggy Rice
I believe the first time I accidentally overcooked rice was when I was away from home.
I couldn’t throw it away because I don’t like wasting food. For this reason, I thought removing the excess water would allow the rice to become less sticky and more firm. And, to my surprise, it did.
So, if you ever find yourself with soggy or overcooked rice, just put it in a microwave-safe bowl, then place it in the microwave for 3-6 minutes.
You can remove the rice from the microwave every 2 minutes to stir it. Make sure you are bringing the rice at the bottom of the bowl to the top so you can remove the excess water.
Moreover, if you don’t have a microwave, your oven will work just fine.
Just place the rice in a heat-safe bowl, put the oven on the lowest temperature, and then put the rice in there for about 6 mins. Stir frequently to avoid burning the rice.
21. Find Recipes That Requires No Cooking
No-cook meals are a lifesaver. All you’re required to do is a little prep work. There’s no need for you to turn on your stove or warm up a meal every time you need to eat.
These meals are easy and quick to prepare.
They might be your favorite way of saving time in the kitchen and staying away from excess heat during the summer.
No-cook meals are perfect for any time of the year.
Whip up these no-cook recipes on days when you don’t feel like cooking:
What fun is it having no-cook meals if you can’t have no-bake desserts too?
Give these yummy easy no-bake desserts a try:
22. Keep Pantry Stocked with Essential Items
Keep your pantry filled with items you use often.
Buy these items in bulk to reduce your spending.
Take a shopping list with you at all times and remember to take and use your apps and coupons to get cashback on your purchases.
23. Try Slow Cooker Meals on Busy Days
Beat busy days with some simple slow cooker meals you can cook using your Instant Pot or Crock-Pot.
Doing this allows you to get other things done around your home and give you time to relax while your slow cooker takes care of your meals.
Sample these tasty slow cooker recipes:
24. Wear an Apron
Wear an apron to avoid getting your clothes dirty. Having to always worry about getting your clothes dirty will slow you down.
I’ve cooked without an apron several times and it does slow me down because I keep focusing on whether something is going to splash or spill on my clothes.
Take for instance, when I’m frying meat that has turmeric on it, the oil sometimes pops all over the place and because of this, I have to be moving from one corner to the next.
Now, when I have to keep dodging the oil, it keeps me from focusing on other pots on the fire.
And stained clothes equals long hours on laundry if I have no clue how to remove them.
Take it from me, even if you know how to remove stains, do yourself a favor and wear an apron.
25. Prepare Dinnerware Overnight
Things can get so crazy during the holidays. You have to think about preparing rooms for guests, shop for groceries, plan family trips, be on top of your cooking game and deep clean.
But, to top it off, you also have to decide what dinnerware you’ll be using when your guests arrive for dinner.
I know you’ll want to choose dinnerware pieces that will make a statement.
What you should do is go through your cupboard the night before and identify what pieces you’ll need for dinner the next day.
Leave them in a secure section in your kitchen.
26. Use Disposable Dinnerware
Use disposable dinnerware to have your meals. In this way, you’ll be able to clean up faster.
Put them to use on days when tired and when you want to avoid washing a sink full of dishes.
Disposable dinnerware is also perfect for informal dinner parties, birthday parties, anniversaries, graduations, baby showers, weddings, family reunions, housewarming parties and just about any other occasion where cooking is concerned.
I know many of us may not like the idea of using dinnerware for certain occasions because they look dull.
But, you can find many elegant dinnerware sets at places like Walmart, eBay, Etsy, Dollar Tree, Amazon and Party City at an affordable price.
27. Eat Out
Keep yourself off your feet and out of the kitchen by eating out.
It’s not something you have to do often, but it’s something you could do every 2 to 3 months. This will depend on your budget.
Nevertheless, when you’re planning for monthly expenses, add eating out as one of them.
Just picture this for a moment, no slaving over the stove, no dishes and pots to wash and no cleaning up.
All you need to think about is filling your tummy.
28. Do Quick Grocery Checks
Take note of what you have in the fridge, pantry and cupboards before you begin cooking.
Taking stock of what you have early will prevent you from preparing a meal you had no intention of cooking.
Also, it will decrease the crazy shopping trips you’ll have to make to your grocery store.
It would be good if you keep a checklist on your countertop, pantry, or fridge outlining what food you’ve already eaten and when the remaining food will finish.
29. Have a Back-Up Plan
No matter how great you are, sometimes things go wrong. For those days when the food gets burnt, it’s too spicy, salty or it doesn’t come out the way it should, you’ll want a back-up.
You’ll have to get some foods you can quickly turn into dinner like these:
- Hot dogs
- Canned food
- Mac and cheese
- Homemade burgers
- Pre-cooked tv meals
- Grilled or regular sandwiches
30. Reduce Snacking
You don’t want to be stressing yourself in the kitchen only to find out in the end that no one has an appetite.
For this reason, you need to leave snacking to a minimum so you won’t ruin your appetite.
If your little ones are hungry, determine what snack they’ll have, the amount and determine whether the time is appropriate for snacking.
It wouldn’t be necessary to give them anything if you were 3-5 mins away from finishing up a meal.
31. Take Advantage of a Kitchen Scale
Kitchen scales are not only used by bakers but by cooks too. When your recipe calls for flour, you’ll be happy you have a kitchen scale to give you accurate measurements.
You can use the scale to measure meat, fruits, produce, powdered ingredients and much more.
You won’t always need a scale, but it’s good to have one just in case you want to prepare savory or sweet recipes that call for specific measurements.
32. Make Use of a Kitchen Timer
No one has the luxury of standing over their meal until it’s cooked. That’s why we need a kitchen timer. A kitchen timer is a gadget that helps to prevents us from burning, overcooking or undercooking our food.
In case you need to walk away from the kitchen for a few minutes, you can do so without worrying whether your food will burn or get overcooked.
You know how long your meal will take to cook, so just set the timer and go. But, keep it in close reach to hear when it goes off.
33. Use Liners
Liners catch any unwanted dirt and are easier to clean than the actual surfaces in our kitchen.
We can either wash them or wipe them off to remove any dirt. Let’s look at some liners you may need:
Using liners makes your stove and oven so much easier to clean. Therefore, you can stress less about using a lot of energy to remove grime left behind from food. Look for ones that are BPA free.
Who says cleaning your refrigerator has to be hard? There wouldn’t be any need for you to clean the fridge as often as you usually would if you used liners because they could catch all or most of the mess.
It’s often hard to remove the shelves from your refrigerator every time you have to clean it, so I know you’ll find this idea helpful.
Although this tip is for refrigerator liners, I must add that getting refrigerator door handle covers is another way to reduce the time you spend cleaning.
The covers can help to prevent smudges, food stains, and any other thing that may be on your hands when you’re entering the fridge.
You already have so much to do in the kitchen. Make it easy on yourself by using shelf, cupboard and drawer liners.
Liners don’t only make your home look beautiful. They’re great at reducing stains, scratches and big messes.
When it’s time to clean, just wash or wipe your liners and put them back in place.
34. Avoid Trying New Recipes On Busy Days
While it’s nice to sample new recipes, it can be a bad idea if they’re not done on days when you have adequate time.
Leave them for days when you have enough time to figure out what it is you need to do, how to do it correctly and the right gadgets and items you’ll need to successfully prepare your new recipes.
Imagine yourself trying to crack open a lobster or maybe shuck oysters. This is something you have no experience with and it could turn out to be disastrous. For your sake, on busy days, go with recipes you know.
35. Make Your Breakfast Overnight
You aren’t a morning person, you have to get ready for work and if you have children, you know how insane things can sometimes get when you have to prepare them for school.
But, what do you do about breakfast? Making breakfast the night before is a good option that will help to keep your sanity in check.
Sample these yummy overnight breakfast recipes:
36. Make Kitchen Gadgets Your Best Friend
Kitchen gadgets are a lifesaver.
They get rid of a lot of tasks we hate doing like crushing, grinding, chopping, slicing, scraping, extracting, straining and whipping.
Use them every chance you get. I never pass up an opportunity to use my gadgets because I don’t like spending long hours in the kitchen.
Clearly, you won’t need every kitchen gadget that you come across, but get those you believe will make your life more simple.
Here’s a list of kitchen gadgets you could get:
- Air Fryer
- Stand mixer
- Garlic crusher
- Sharp knives
- Herb scissors
- Herb Stripper
- Kitchen scale
- Kitchen timer
- Slow cooker
- Cutting board
- Food processor
- Rotisserie machine
- Pineapple corer
- Electric can opener
- Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker
- Non-Stick Divided Meal Skillet
37. Make Lunch Ahead of Time
If you prefer home-cooked meals for lunch, you may be asking for trouble if you decide to prepare them every morning before work.
Don’t burden yourself with unnecessary stress. Prep and pack your lunch ahead of time.
Take a look at these meals you can do ahead of time and take with you for lunch:
38. Use a Kitchen Conversion Chart
No more wondering if you’ve got your measurements right. It’s annoying when you’re cooking or baking something new for the first time, and you ruin it because you didn’t have the correct measurements.
Always use a kitchen conversion chart to assist you.
39. Find Meals You Can Create With Leftover Ingredients
Sometimes you’re short on time and have no idea what to do with your remaining ingredients. Take it easy.
There are apps you can use to instantly find meals for your remaining ingredients.
These are the best apps for the job:
- All recipes Dinner Spinner
Combined features of the apps allow you to filter food based on :
- Meal type: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Desserts, Appetizers and Snacks
- Dish type: Pizzas, Soups, Smoothies, Casseroles, Sandwiches
- Cuisine: Seafood, Fusion, Caribbean, American Thai, Italian, Chinese Mexican e.t.c
- Your diet: Vegan, Vegetarian, low calorie, gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly, diabetic-friendly and pescatarian
- Dish style: One pot, Slowcooker or Instant Pot, big batch recipes, no-bake dessert recipes
- Occasion: BBQ, weeknight, date night, game day, casual party
40. Set Up a Food Station or Food Bar
Grab and go. That’s all you need to do when you set up a food station in your kitchen.
This could either be a breakfast station, lunch station or even a snack station. It all depends on your needs.
Keep food in containers and areas that are easily accessible.
Organize them in a way that will allow everyone to quickly see and choose what they want.
Remember to switch up the type of food you serve.
Some foods you can provide in your food stations:
- Granola bars
41. Do It Buffet Style
Buffet style settings are suitable for family reunions, birthday parties, dinner parties, graduation celebration and other occasions.
A Buffet style setting is convenient because you won’t have to spend any time serving food for each person after it’s ready.
Just allow your guests to choose what they want to eat and the portions they’re comfortable having.
42. Use Cleaning Tools and Products That Will Make Life Easier
Having your kitchen clean from corner to corner is a lot of work. At the same time, having the right cleaning tools and products will help you get the job done with ease.
Find products and tools that will help to make cleaning your kitchen simpler like these:
- Baking soda
- Steam mop
- Magic eraser
- Cleaning gloves
- Cleaning caddy
- Sink Strainer
- Disinfecting wipes
- Cordless vacuum
- Method stainless steel cleaner
- Multi-purpose surface cleaner
- Scrub brush for pans or bowls
- Barkeepers friend stainless steel cleaner
There you have it!
These 42 tips are the best tips for saving time in the kitchen and will give you more freedom to focus on other important things around your home.
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