Handling the kitchen is a tough job, especially if you are working and have kids. Your workload and responsibilities are increased many folds; preparing food quickly and keeping everything in order can be a challenge.
It is very important that you streamline your routine in order to stay right on schedule, spend less time in the kitchen, and more quality time with your family.
Attaining an efficient kitchen can be a challenge, but if you follow these tips you can achieve something close. Do you know what you require? Do you enjoy having your things on the counter, or do you prefer clean counters with everything inside cupboards? What are your routines pertaining to work and kids and other social activities?
Answering these questions is your key to kitchen time-saving nirvana. But understanding this issue is like handling any project with requirements and scope.
Make a list of what you want to be done and the time you have.
Then plan your layout keeping in mind the following 5 tips:
1. Organize your kitchen
It is very important that you organize your kitchen. If you have to look for things in your kitchen, then you are actually spending more time searching through the clutter and less time doing work.
But if you put everything in its assigned place, then all you need to do is grab the items you need and use them, then put it back in its place. Place pans and pots, etc. where you want; in fact, it helps to assign places to different things according to their usage.
2. Keep your kitchen clean
Sort the things and keep the items you need daily handy. Keep your cleaning supplies under the sink. It is very important that you keep your kitchen clean. This gives your kitchen a hygienic look.
It is a very healthy habit, which not only benefits you by saving time, but also keeps you and your family healthy. If you use insecticides in problem areas, make sure you are using them safely, and do not use them on surfaces you would touch or set food on.
3. Cutting and chopping equipment
Make sure all your chopping and cutting equipment are washed, dried, and placed in a handy spot. They save more than half of your time. You can use electric choppers or mandolin slicers and dicers. Note that the best mandolin slicer always has a solid grip, allowing users to stop using them in case of any accident.
Mandolin slicers are more useful as you can use them anywhere as they don’t require electricity.
They are more affordable as well and you can use them and wash them and store in small spaces as well. So having one can save lots of time and can prove to be a good and facilitating purchase.
4. Keep your larder/pantry stocked
It is important that you keep your pantry well stalked with items you use most or all the time. Things like rice and pasta, and canned food, etc., so whenever you need to quickly prepare dinner or lunch you don’t need to rush to the market.
Also keep your freezer well stalked as well. You can freeze meat, chopped vegetables, waffles, etc., and then use them for instant dinner. I personally advise you to do your weekly grocery shopping on the weekends according to the menu of the coming week.
This way you will always be prepared for assembling food.
5. Make menus and plans
It is very helpful if you have a notice board placed somewhere in the kitchen where you can see it clearly. Pin up menus and other important reminders on it. If you write down your weekly menus then it will be very easy for you to shop ahead and keep the pantry stocked.
In today’s fast paced time, it is important that we manage our lives in an organized manner to save time from routine work, and plan to spend more time with family and friends. Save time in your kitchen and plan an outing with the kids!