Life is busy, so when you can save a little time, you should and these tips for saving time in the kitchen will help. One place where you can recoup a bit of your day is in the kitchen. In addition to opting for quick and easy recipes, you can also do other, little things to help cut down on the amount of time you spend on kitchen tasks so you can use those moments to relax, unwind, and spend time with family. Below are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you are making a meal.
This one is simple, and it makes a big difference. Many of us are guilty of rushing through a recipe, discovering as we go that we are missing an ingredient; off to Google,we go, trying to find a substitute we have in the house to save dinner. Or we misread necessary steps and find ourselves needed to start dinner all over again. Careful reading, while taking longer than a quick glance, will save time in the long run.
The more you have to run around, the more time you lose. Even if you are anxious to get started, take the time to gather everything in advance. This also prevents you from realizing you are short an ingredient as you are cooking. It also frees up time for other tasks.
One of those tasks? Cleaning as you cook. Instead of waiting until dinner is done or eaten, you can easily complete small cleaning tasks as you go. Then, once you are done, cleanup will be minor and easy to handle.
Finally, look for recipes that have a few shortcuts. While cooking from scratch is great, there are healthy canned and frozen options that you can use to save yourself a little time without feeling guilty. Yes, cooking is often a labor of love, but spending time with family is a loving act as well, so do not hesitate to make things easier on yourself whenever possible