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Time-saving Steps in the Kitchen

Cooking takes a lot of time for me, even when I make simple meals. I admit I'm kind of a messy cook! Do you have any tips?
Time-saving Steps in the Kitchen

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Here are some kitchen time-saving steps from www.choosemyplate.gov to speed your food preparation:

  • Organize your kitchen. Keep frequently used items such as cooking oils/sprays, spatulas, cutting boards and spices within easy reach. Then you will not need to search for them later.
  • Clear the clutter. Before you start cooking, clear your counters. This allows more room for preparation space.
  • Chop extra. When chopping veggies for a meal, chop more than you need. Place the extra in a reusable container and freeze. Then the next time you need it, you can skip a step.
  • Have everything in place. Grab all the ingredients you need for your meal. Chop the vegetables and measure the spices. With everything in order, you will be less likely to miss items and skip steps.
  • Double your recipe. When you make a casserole or stew, try doubling the recipe and freezing the extra. You’ll save time and make cooking next week’s dinner a snap.
  • Clean as you go. Fill the sink with soapy water and wash the dishes as you cook.
  • Save some for later. Freeze leftover soups, spaghetti sauce or other recipes in small reusable freezer containers.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service.

Featured in Food Wi$e August 2014 newsletter (PDF)

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