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How to Save Time in the Kitchen

Planning, shopping, cooking, preparing, and cleaning up daily meals can eat up your time! Save time in the kitchen with these tips.


  • Step 1: Make extra stocks and sauces and keep them in the freezer to reuse for other meals. You'll save time in the kitchen all week.
  • Step 2: Make a list of quick tips and tricks you discover while cooking; hang the list on a bulletin board in your kitchen so that your time-savers are easy to reference.
  • FACT: In 2009, the average American spent about 32 minutes per day on food preparation and cleanup.
  • Step 3: Move your trash can close to your work station, and dispose of food waste and packaging as you go. Rinse dishes as soon as you're done using them to avoid food build-up on them, which can take more time to wash off later.
  • TIP: Keep a supply of hand towels in your kitchen to serve as both potholders and clean-up tools.
  • TIP: Check your pantry to avoid buying staples you already have.
  • Step 4: Organize your groceries right after getting home. Put items you use regularly in a low cabinet or on your counter to save time searching for them. For perishable items, write the date on small stickers to make it easier to decide whether the food is still usable.
  • Step 5: Do all the prep work for a meal before you start cooking. Chop, peel, and measure all ingredients and place them neatly in separate bowls to ease time-wasting stress.
  • Step 6: Compose your week's menus before you go shopping; it's more efficient to make decisions in your kitchen than in the supermarket.

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