Key Tips To Save Time And Reduce Stress In The Kitchen
There are only 24 hours in the day, and you don't want to be spending an excessive amount of time flustering around in the kitchen. Cooking can be stressful, and by streamlining your process, you may be able to take off some of the pressure. The tips below are designed to help people that are proficient in the kitchen but are simply experiencing unnecessary hassles.
Get A Slowcooker
Slow cookers make it super easy to prepare delicious meals. Simply cut some vegetables and meat, then throw them in the pot and walk away. It's recommended that you assemble the meal in the morning and by dinnertime, you will have a fully prepared dish. You will also find that there is very little mess or dishes involved.
Slow cookers use minimal electricity compared to an oven. They also don't heat the kitchen up as an oven does.
You will also find that you can put tough meat cuts in a slow cooker. The long cooking duration and the condensation involved will soften up these meats.
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Pre-Cut Your Vegetables
A way to streamline your kitchen process is to pre-cut your vegetables and store them in Tupperware containers. Once you're ready to cook, you can get started with minimal preparation time.
Try delegating a time of the week to do all your cutting at once.
Cook More Than You Will Need
It's more efficient to cook large amounts at once, rather than multiple small meals. The idea is to end up with too much food so that you can freeze the leftovers or use them for lunch the next day.
If you are truly time poor, then you might want to cook all your week’s (or month’s) meals at once. For many people, Sunday is a good time to do this.
Start A Cooking Roster
Don’t think that you have to do all the cooking. If you have kids, consider getting them involved. Teach them a basic recipe and get them to cook that once a week.
If you live with housemates, then you should consider having group meals rather than cooking individually. Doing so will save a lot of time so consider delegating a day of the week to each person in the household.
Clean As You Go
By the end of your cooking session, your kitchen can seem like a bombsite. Just looking at it can sap your motivation. That's why you should clean as you go. Every time you get a free minute, such as when waiting for some mince to brown or some water to boil, quickly grab a cloth or brush and have a quick clean. Doing this chore gradually will make it more manageable at the end.
The kitchen can turn into a battle zone. However, it doesn’t have to. There are many small ways to make operations more efficient so that you can save time and dissolve your stress levels. Give these tips a try next time you're preparing a tasty dish.