Friday, March 2, 2012

Organization - Time Saving Tips in the Kitchen




If you remember my word for the year, organization, then you will see that I am actually working on my goals. I spend so much time in the kitchen that I have been really studying ways to cook, organize and even move more efficiently in the kitchen. I decided to do away with some of the cute stuff on the counters and put the items I am always reaching for on a tray next to the stove.

 The items I use most often are just at arms reach. I think on the vintage tray they look attractive too. I already redid my spices so they would be super easy to find  and you can see my organized my spice cabinet here.

One of the baskets for example is labeled baking. When myself or one of the kids is baking we can just grab that basket instead of fishing around for the ingredients needed.




Probably my number one time saver is meal planning. I make a menu out each week. This way I know what to shop for. I make the grocery list at the same time. Then it is out of my head because it is on paper. I know my ingredients are here because I bought them from my list I made when menu planning. I have summer meals and winter meals and rotate based on what is in the freezer.


Another step I try to do is to only do something once to use multiple times later. If you are chopping something like onions, chop a whole bunch. We all use these in so many recipes.


Then divide into freezable containers to use later. You can do this with shredded  cheese. I will shred a whole bowl and zip up in a large bag to use for the week. If they start to get old then toss in the freezer. It still melts wonderfully from the freezer. Don't throw anything away. Food is too expensive.


I learned the next trip from Rachel Ray a few years ago and always use it. Keep a trash bowl on the counter when cooking. Toss garbage and peels, whatever in this bowl and then when cleaning up you just make one trip to the trashcan. Keeps the counter cleared up to and then put the bowl in the dishwasher when you are done.

Keep a bowl or your sink ready with hot soapy water. Toss dishes in as you are preparing a meal and wash up when you have a minute or two. Feels so good to finish cooking and not have a pile of dirty dishes to deal with.

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31 comments:

Comeca Jones said...

Great tips!

Elizabeth said...

Yes they are, I love the idea of keeping things you use most on a tray and baking things in a basket! I also learned the garbage bowl from Rachel Ray and the washing up dishes while cooking from my Mother, She always had a clean kitchen when finished.

notes of sincerity said...

Great ideas! :0)

Beth said...

great tips. i might have to try to freeze cheese... but the one things i don't like freezing thing is the flavor they have when you use them. really dislike the freeze burn. maybe i just have a different taster. very sensitive palate. (:

reginascottage said...

hello elaine,
great tips. i freeze cheese also,but i have never freeze onions.thanks for
this grandious tip.....i will it try
have a nice weekend,
love regina

*Sheila* said...

Great ideas. Guess what I will be doing this weekend. I think it will encourage me to cook more too.
Thanks for sharing! ♥

Cranberry Morning said...

Good tips here! And what cute little freezer containers. I'll have to try to locate ones like that. I too have been using the trash bowl when preparing meals. SO handy, I have no idea why I hadn't thought of that years ago. lol

Tracy said...

Love the vintage tray! Lots of good tips. I may use a few of them myself. :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Super tips. I love to have everything handy by the stove also. Your tray is perfect. Hugs, Marty

Debbie Kay said...

Thanks for the great ideas Elaine, I can always count on money saving tips when I visit your blog.....love that about you!

Debbie

Lois' Laughlines said...

Thanks for sharing your organization tips. I am going to go organize something..... blessings to you.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

All great tips. My kitchen is so small that I don't have room for 'cute' stuff on my counters so I'm all about the organization!

Sweet Tea said...

Love all the suggestions.
Organization is one of my loves too...I am looking for some 1 1/2 C Rubbermail bowls so I can freeze individual portions of soup. I checked Walmart yesterday but they didn't have any. The search continues. Gotta use those left-overs!

Melissa said...

I LOVE the idea of keeping your baking supplies in a basket like that! I'm going to try that one right away!

Many Blessings,
Melissa

Shug said...

Great tips to live by..One just can not be too organized..
Have a great weekend.

Annette said...

The idea of keeping baking supplies in one basket is a great one. I've always started out with a sink full of hot water when I start to cook, and it's something my mom did. It keeps things under control and when you're done, basically you're done with everything. I found a lavender farm up in Solvang that has Herbs de Provence that are so good. We use them all the time.

Teresa said...

I also freeze onions. They come in so handy. I freeze tomatoes (cut up) also. They do break down some, but still great in soups, etc. With my husband being gluten sensitive I freeze a lot of left overs in individual containers for him. When I have something he can't have these come in useful. At least this way he can have a full meal also. Plus I don't feel so guilty! I have never froze cheese, will have to try that. Thanks for all the great tips.

Sam I Am...... said...

Great tips! I like the baking basket too and the herbs since I have so many. I know it's a battle to want the kitchen to look nice but yet be functional at the same time. YOu did a great job of it...still cute! You can also freeze milk if it's getting near the date. I use it then for puddings or cooking. Actually, I don't like milk to drink so not sure if it would taste different or not.

Cozy Little House said...

All great ideas here!
Brenda

Barb said...

Hi Elaine!

What wonderful tips! I love to have things at my fingertips, especially in the kitchen! It seems like I used to use onions everyday, but with only two of us now, we only use them once in a while. I love the idea of chopping them and freezing them - so easy!

Hugs,
Barb

Gina said...

Elaine,

Great tips! Love the one about having the soapy pan of water ready. Makes clean up much easier and the mess isn't overwhelming!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Great tips, I am trying to incorporate as many as I can into my routine.

Love the idea of having a basket with all the baking supplies in it. Got to remember that one.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Boy, I'm impressed. UNorganized is my middle name. Even after 39 years, I still have problems with meal planning and I love to cook...go figure! My daughter says I need to follow Rachel Ray's pattern cuz I'm really messy in the kitchen. But I am organized...just a bit ;)

ImSoVintage said...

Great tips, Elaine. I always have my head in the cupboards looking for things.
Laura

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

If I can do something in 2 minutes, I do it right away, instead of doing it later, including emptying out the dishwaser this afternoon :) :) I did that while I was heating up dinner. I also divided out the meat I bought for the week into portions for each meal, so it's easy. I have two in the fridge and the rest in the freezer :) Have a good weekend. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

JoAnne Weisser said...

Those are all really great ideas, Elaine! I love the basket with the baking supplies ~ I have all of mine together in a deep drawer but a basket would be even better so you can just lift it out. You could even make cute labels for the items you keep on the counter ~ sometime when you having nothing else to do!! : }

JoAnne Weisser said...

Those are all really great ideas, Elaine! I love the basket with the baking supplies ~ I have all of mine together in a deep drawer but a basket would be even better so you can just lift it out. You could even make cute labels for the items you keep on the counter ~ sometime when you having nothing else to do!! : }

Carole said...

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Motivated Mommy of two said...

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nancy said...

Good ideas, and get a "chicken bowl" for scraps for them too! :)

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