If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen like I do,then you should constantly look for ways to make your kitchen sojourn pleasant and cut down on the time as well. In my bid to enjoy my time in my kitchen, I have realized that the way I organize my kitchen goes a long way in determining how efficient and effective I can be in the kitchen.
I have discovered a few things that have helped in making my kitchen more organized and I would like to share them with you.
- Give every tool/food item its place:
Assign each kitchen appliance or tool its own position. Have a place for your blender, cutting boards etc. This will make it easier for you to access these tools when you need them without wasting time. In your fridge as well, have a fixed position for food items, especially the ones you buy often e.g. eggs, butter,milk,tomatoes etc. This way it will be easier for you to know what you have or no longer have just by looking.
- Assign Work Stations:
Since starting cooking school, I usually have a work station for every task I perform. Have a work station for your prepping, another for your chopping, baking etc.
- Keep kitchen tools next to work station:
Put your cooking spoons, rags and spice racks or jars next to the stove; knives and chopping boards near your prep area and baking ingredients by your mixer or baking area.
- Have Extras:
If possible always have a second item handy.It is frustrating to discover that you no longer have run out of an ingredient for a recipe or can’t find a tool or appliance during the cooking process. You will not have to go through this experience if you have a substitute or extra item.You can get extra items for the spices or appliances that you use very often e.g.blenders,foil paper,curry,sauce, etc.
- Organize Food Items:
Place similar items or food ingredients on the same shelf in your pantry or store. For example keep the carbs and grains on the same shelf,oils together, spices on a shelf etc.
- Hang Items:
Get hanging tools and hang items that you use daily on your walls.You can hang pots, cooking spoons, apron, rags etc.This will save you time and cut down on unnecessary movement in the kitchen.
- Store Items by Use:
Keep the items you use more often on lower shelves or at he front of other items and the ones you rarely use on higher shelves or behind other items. I use my blender everyday so I keep it right on my counter.I don’t bake as often so I keep my cake mixer underneath the counter shelf.
I will continue to add other tips I discovered along the way.
What about you? What are the ways you organize you kitchen? Place your tip as a comment underneath this post and we will add them to this list.