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If you are anything like me, then you will find that sometimes your kitchen can feel like a war zone. However, kitchens do not have to feel this way.
10 Tips Increase Your Productivity in the Kitchen, I am going to share with you today, you will get your kitchen back under control.
Prepare to Increase Productivity in Your Kitchen
The First Tip
Get everything prepared before you start. You may think that cooking is all about improvisation and winging it, but if you want to be productive in the kitchen, this is not true.
Prepare and plan before you start. Take stock and make sure that you have everything that you need, and that it is all in good working order.
By doing this, you will be giving yourself the best possible chance to produce a great meal.
Always start with a clean kitchen! There is nothing that stresses me out more than to try and start baking with a messy kitchen. Make sure all your clean dishes are put away and your dirty dishes are washed up.
Wash your dishes as you go. This will help you to get out of the kitchen much faster. My hubby usually washes the dishes as I go to help me out. I so appreciate his help! Especially around the holidays.
Read your recipe all the way through and get all your ingredients ready. Then get your measuring cups, spoons, mixer, etc. ready to go.
Measure out your ingredients and set aside. Put your flour, milk, eggs, flavoring, and sugar back in its proper place. Doing this will keep your kitchen counters more organized and less cluttered.
Try not to answer your phone! I know, right? This really drives me crazy when I am trying to get my ingredients together, measured out, put back up. Just as I start the mixing process my dang phone rings.
For me, I don’t need that distraction at all. If I’m not careful I will forget what I have already measured out and poured into my mixing bowl and that is a pain in my butt, I don’t need. (This is right up there on the stress bar with a dirty kitchen!)
This is another important tip for me, and it will be for you as well. Keep all your baking pans together in one place. I like to keep mine in the cabinets closest to my stove. This will save you a lot of time, I promise.
I also like to keep my cake plates together as well. Doing this saves me the time of looking everywhere for them. I have my measuring spoons and measuring cups together in the same drawer as well.
My cake spatulas I use for frosting my cakes, cookies or whatever I am working on are also in a drawer together.
Stay focused on the task at hand. Try to avoid distractions at all costs. For me it is so hard to get my focus back if I get it of course. I know that may sound crazy, but that’s just how it is for me.
If we are being honest, this is true for most of us. Set a time you want to get started and stick to it. This will speed up your productivity in the kitchen and you will get finished a lot faster.
Make a schedule of what you would like to bake and on what days. Get things prepped the day before. With a lot of recipes, you can make things the day before.
For instance, cookie dough can be made the day before and kept in the fridge. This is especially helpful during the holidays.
Writing out what you are going to bake on certain days for the holiday festivities will be a tremendous help and a time saver for you. Planning this out will be helpful with your grocery list as well.
Listen to your favorite music while cooking. In fact, I encourage it. I love to listen to some Kenny G, smooth jazz, or some soft rock. It just makes everything I’m doing move along smoothly.
During the holidays, I love to listen to some Christmas music. Now that really gets my baking juices flowing! So, turn on your favorite music and get baking!
Get rid of weird, shaped pots and pans you are not using. If you don’t use them to cook in, then toss them.
Plastic bowls with missing lids, toss them out as well too. Have any melted spatulas just lying around taking up space in your drawers? Chunk them.
Are you starting to get the idea? If you are not using any pots, pans, cookware, spoons, spatulas, etc. throw them out or donate them to a goodwill store. Someone else can use them if you don’t need them anymore.
We talked about keeping your kitchen counters clutter free, the same can be said for your kitchen floor. This is something we don’t usually think about, but it’s a clever idea to make sure nothing is in the way that you can trip over or slide down on. This would ruin your day of baking in the kitchen.
If you have small children make sure their toys are off the floor and they are out of your kitchen. We don’t need the little kiddos getting hurt or burnt while mama is baking.
Conclusion on 10 Tips for a Productive Kitchen
If you follow my 10 tips, then you will be on your way to learning “10 Tips for a Productive Kitchen.” These tips will make your life much easier.
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