Saving Time in the Kitchen

You may be avoiding the kitchen because you think it is a time suck.  You might even be right.  If you’re spending time every day standing in the kitchen determining what to eat, starting from scratch, then serving dinner, eating and cleaning up both the prep dishes and all the dinner dishes, well, then time can easily get out of hand.

Successful planning makes the most of your time, and makes you as efficient as possible in the kitchen.  Being efficient not only means menu planning, but it also means using your time and tools responsibly.  Let’s look at some kitchen time management tips.


Kitchen Time Management Tips:

Try to tackle as much as possible while you have it out.  For instance, if you’re grating cheese for taco night, take the time to grate the entire brick, storing the extra for pizza night later in the week.  Likewise, if you’re making chicken broth for a soup, try making bulk batches and then freezing and storing the rest for easy access later.

Plan your meal based on how long things cook.  Think of the things you can do while one item is being parboiled or baking, and use that time to:

  • prep other ingredients
  • clean off counters
  • preload the dishwasher

All of these save time and contribute to your sanity.

These are just two simple and effective ways you can start making the most of the time you spend in your kitchen.  Do you have kitchen time management tips to share?  We’d love to hear your ideas.



Editor’s note: This post was written by Shaina Olmanson, author of the Food for My Family blog.

Posted on July 27, 2011, in Mom Tips, Organization, Planning. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I was just talking about this with a few friends! Great tips I know I can use right away.

  2. I agree about the dishwasher! It’s such an annoying job but if I do it as the dishes are used instead of waiting until I have a sink full it seems so much easier!


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