The kitchen is often the busiest room in the home. With all parts of a household eating and doing things at different times it always easy to stay on top of things.
Thankfully, there are several things that can help make cooking, cleaning and planning much quicker and easier. Here are 5 tips that can help you out in the kitchen.
Organize Food Preparation
Food preparation is one of the most time consuming parts of making a meal. It can be speeded-up by approaching the task in a logical manner. Rather than doing everything in one go, prepare the recipe in stages. If there is a lot of vegetables needing to be peeled, trimmed, cut and diced, then do it in stages. You can then clear away the peelings so the kitchen surfaces don't get too messy.
A great tool for food prep is offered by Kuhn Rikon with the Vegetable Mandoline Aubergine (above). The tool can slice peppers or zucchini, while the julienne feature is perfect for cutting potatoes into thin strips. The colourful item arrives with a hand guard so it's always safe to use.
Clean and Soak on the Go
You can make life easier for you in the kitchen by tackling the dreaded washing up on the go. Perhaps after completing one stage of cooking - particularly if it's a job involving sticky ingredients like sauce or gravy - you could put dishes and implements into soak, thus making them easier to wash later.
It also makes sense to clean items such as knives used for food prep and then leave to dry while the food is cooking. The end of a meal is made even more enjoyable when there's less washing up and cleaning to do!
Sharpen The Knives!
A busy kitchen is always going to need trusted sharp knives. Blunt and dull blades will slow down the food prep and make the whole process that much more arduous. The Zeal Knife Sharpener (in red, above) offers a smart way to keep blades sharp and ready for the job. By using a ceramic sharpening wheel, the gadget will provide any knife with a newly sharpened edge.
Have the Right Tools
Making sure all tools and implements are up to the job is crucial. All aspects of cooking, whether you're frying, draining or boiling, need reliable tools to help put plans into action.
Timing is something every cook needs to get right. The Zone Denmark Magnetic Kitchen Timer helps make everything run to time. If something needs to be cooked for a precise time, the timer won't let you down. It even has a magnetic base, so it can be conveniently stored on the fridge.
Cook in Batches
Batch cooking is basically cooking more than one meal at a time. This means you can have delicious meals ready in advance for different times throughout the week. Simply double up on the quantities you normally use for a meal and put the extra meals in the freezer. You can then reheat the meals later on.