12 Ways To Save Time In The Kitchen
There is only so much time in a day, and so much to do as a mother and homemaker.
I love making the best use of my time and working smarter, not harder.
The area we as mothers spend the most time, is in the kitchen. Am I right?
Save Time In The Kitchen
I have created a list of ideas that I use to save time, specifically in the kitchen. I try to spend as little time in there as possible, even trying to convince my hubby and kids to try fasting for a day, but for some reason they just won't go for it ;).
The majority of my days are spent prepping food, making meals, washing dishes, cleaning kitchen, repeat.
It's like laundry...it never ends !
To use my time wisely and to continue to feed my family healthy, homemade meals, I have a handful of tasks I do to save time.
I don't do all of them every week, as it depends on the week and what the meal plan is, what's needed and my schedule.
Time Saving Solutions For The Kitchen
1. Create A Meal Plan (free printable here)
2. Have A "Master" Shopping List
Create a list of all your food and pantry items
3. Make A Veggie Tray
Wash, peel (if needed) veggies and cut into sticks. This makes it really easy to serve with lunch, to snack on or to cut up a little smaller to throw into soup or salad.
4. Big Batch Baking
Bake enough to last a few weeks. I love having baking on had for quick snacks, outings or visitors. I tend to quadruple (at least) my recipes and then freeze a couple of the batches for later use.
5. Pre Cook Ground Meats and Freeze In Individual Packages
This is great a good time saver for adding to soups, taco salad, spaghetti...pretty much any recipe that requires it.
6. Big Batch Cooking/Freezer Meals
Do all the work once and eat for days (this one is one of my favourites). Check out these slow cooker/freezer meal recipes.
7. Double Up Prep
When I make hamburger patties, meatballs, or meatloaf, I make a lot at once. For example, if I know I'm going to be needing meatballs for the meal plan that week, I will work with 10lbs-15lbs of ground beef.
I will make a bunch of meatballs, a couple meatloaves and some hamburger patties. I wrap everything in meal size portions and freeze for later.
8. Boil A Batch Of Eggs
These are handy for breakfast, snacks, egg sandwiches or adding to a salad.
9. Cook Once, Eat Twice
I love cooking with the intention of using the leftovers, whether it's as is or to reinvent the leftovers.
10. Premix Dry Ingredients
Make a baking premix for baking cookies, pancakes, muffins, etc. Make sure to label them !
11. Use A Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
12. Meal Prep And Assemble Meals The Night Before
I know there’s probably more time saving tips for meals, but these are the ones that I have tried and have been working for me.
If this is new to you, don't try doing all of them the same week. Try one or two at a time and see what a difference it can make.
What time saving tips work best for you and your family?