Long time no write, I know, I am sorry. Life with a 15 year old with multiple broken bones and 2 other crazy boys, a cute dog and a husband who works too much doesn’t leave much time left for keeping up the blog. I have been cooking, though, so you can look forward to some more posts this week. I put together this summary for the Healthy on the Hill Blog that I write for Jeremy’s elementary school. Hopefully there will be some good tips for you!
14 Tips to make like in the kitchen easier!
Inspired by a post on http://www.thekitchn.com
Wash the kitchen and clean the counters as you go. There is nothing worse than making a yummy dinner and trashing your kitchen in the process. What is worse is when you have to clean up in the morning. If you clean as you go, you have a yummy dinner and a clean kitchen simultaneously, with just a little more effort.
Include leftovers into new meals. Take last night’s chicken and turn it into chicken stir fry the next night. An even easier idea is to give your family dinner leftovers for lunch the next day.
Have someone over for dinner once a week. This will inspire you to keep your kitchen clean and your recipes fresh. Even just having a non-family member in your house regularly (like say your child’s tutor) will help you to keep things tidy.
Clean out the sink. So much food waste can accumulate in the sink especially if you don’t have a disposal. When you are done cleaning the kitchen, scour the sink to keep it looking and smelling clean too.
Fill a Bowl with soapy water for silverware and cooking utensils. You can then soak your dirty things in the bowl and this makes clean up a breeze.
Keep a running list of the food in the fridge and the leftovers. This will help to direct family members to finish their favorites from earlier in the week and help you plan out meals if you haven’t done so already.
Make your shopping list as you go. This will save you time and energy in the long run! Post your list where everyone can see it and add to it so when your spouse uses up the last tablespoon of oregano, you remember to buy more.
Clean your good knives as soon as you use them. There is nothing worse than having to scrub a sticky knife or not having the knife you want when you really need it. This will help!
Make a meal plan. I have posted about this before, but if you plan your dinners for the week, you will know what to get at the market, what to defrost and how to plan out dinner in advance. This is time well spent.
Make a garbage bowl for scraps. Again, for those of us without disposals, if you put your veggie and other food scraps in a garbage bowl, you can hit the compost pile or the garbage all at once, which eliminates potential for spills and drips all over the place, keeping things tidier.
Keep a clean towel over your shoulder. This will help you clean up spills, take something out of the oven or protect your counter from becoming even messier. Kind of like a kitchen burp cloth J
Clean an area for yourself before you start to cook. Let’s face it, your kitchen is not always spotless, but you can tidy your cooking area so you can stay focused and efficient.
Put all your on-line recipes in one place. This will help you when you are searching for that fantastic spaghetti squash recipe you saw last week, but can’t put your hands on. I have a folder in Gmail for recipes. The ones I plan to use in the current week I often flag so I can find them easily.
Lay out your recipe ingredients before your start. Gather your spices, bowls, measuring cups and spoons etc., before your start your recipe. This will help you to avoid missing an ingredient or step and from discovering part way through cooking that you are out of a key ingredient for the recipe.
If you have other tips, please write in and share!