A kitchen can be both a fun place and hectic. If you want to reduce the time you spend in the kitchen considerably, you need to learn how to prep the kitchen and the cooking task at hand and organize the ingredients. With a few simple & successful tips and tricks, you can make your kitchen and the cooking process somewhat more manageable.
Label Your Leftovers
Organizing prepped food in plastic stackable containers helps label the finished product with a date. It will help you realize the expiration date of that leftover.
Sharpen Your Knives Regularly
Professional chefs sharpen their blades at least every week. A sharp knife makes chopping much easier to work with. It will help you speed up your time in the kitchen.
Use Bottled Sauces
Use pre-made marinades and sauces to save your time in the kitchen. Bottled sauces can be a timesaver. Many kosher spice blends are there, too, like shawarma blend, blackened salmon rub, or barbeque mix.
Open Hard-to-Open Jars Easily
We often deal with a stuck jar lid. Wrap the jar lid with a rubber strip or band to open a stuck jar lid. The band provides extra traction. If that’s not enough, then cover the rubber-banded top with a dishtowel, and try again.
Cook Ingredients in the Right Order
Cooking ingredients in the proper order is essential. Always prepare salad or vegetable meals at last because it will wilt until everything else is ready. It’s best to start with other ingredients or foods like rice, meat.
Then you can move on to the vegetables. For that, put the vegetables in the pan first with the longest cooking time, such as carrots, onion, celery root, and then the softer vegetables, like eggplant, zucchini, etc.
Defrost Meat on Aluminum Trays
Defrost meat under a cold running tap is the fastest way known. But if you want to speed up, put the meat on an aluminum sheet tray. Aluminum will draw heat from the frozen meat’s surroundings faster than a countertop or wooden cutting board. It also works on stews, soups, and anything frozen.
Arrange Ingredients Before Start Cooking
Decide what dish you would be cooking, and then list out and arrange the ingredients needed along with all the utensils, knives, kitchen towels, and timer. It will prevent you from wasting time searching for things while the stove is on.
Freeze Meat Partially Before Cutting
To make cutting meat in thin strips easier, place the meat in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to set it up. It will help you cut the meat quickly.
Clean When You Finish
Clean your workspace as you go. It keeps you moving quickly and efficiently:
- Clear the counter.
- Move dishes to the sink.
- Put ingredients away.
- If you’re washing dishes after some time, then put dirty pan and dishes in the sink and wet them with water, so that stuck food gets washed off.
You can build lots of little habits while in the kitchen that will make you more efficient. You can also create a scrap bowl or bag where you can throw anything else while cooking. This way, you don’t have to lose your focus while cooking or prepping some things. Use these valuable and easy tips in your everyday life to be more efficient in the kitchen.