In today’s fast-paced world, we juggle a variety of roles that require our precious attention. One of these is the home cook—a job that often takes up much of our time and energy after a hectic day. As our new year begins, it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate our kitchen and cooking habits and decide if we are managing our kitchen properly. Review these 5 time-saving kitchen solutions and shave time off your schedule.
Master the Basics
One of the biggest kitchen time-wasters is the failure to utilize proper technique. Even the most famous chefs started with the basics: How to use a knife, principles of dry heat and moist cooking, and how to properly time a meal.
If you’re feeling frazzled during dinner prep, you may want to travel back to your roots and find out how you can improve.
Use Helpful, Innovative Tools
In the modern world of innovation and rapid technological advancement, there are a variety of tools for every type of cooking method available at your fingertips. Whether you shop online or in-store, you can and will find a tool that makes it easier for you to cook.
Our Ceramic Grater Plate Set, for example, peels garlic in seconds and grates a variety of food items in a fraction of the time you’ve spent in the past.
Stock your Pantry and Fridge Properly
A surefire way to waste time in the kitchen is not having the proper ingredients to make the meal at hand. We’ve all stood frustrated at prep time knowing that we missed a small ticket item like soy sauce or vanilla extract.
There are a variety of pantry and refrigerator checklists online that can help you decide what food items need to be in your home at all times. Are you vegetarian, vegan, or on a gluten free diet? You can easily grab diet-specific lists from websites like Pinterest or in recipe books like Vegonomicon.
Choose Recipes in Advance
Have a grocery store list based on your recipes for the week and stick to it. Staying organized on the front end helps the entire cooking stream.
Again, the Internet is your friend. A wealth of one-pot, slow cooker, and 5-ingredient meals are available on recipe sites and social media. You can also find a host of delicious recipes hand-picked by Cooks Innovations on our Pinterest page.
Clean As You Go
By wiping up, washing mixing bowls and spoons, and putting ingredients away as you go, you’ll be much less stressed after your meal. Strive to have everything but the dinner dishes waiting when you get up from the table.
Need more helpful kitchen tips? View our easy ways to incorporate Greek Yogurt into your meals.