If you are in the kitchen a lot then you already know that cooking can be a bit of an exhausting experience. Fortunately, there ARE methods that you can use to make your experience a little bit easier, and they are not nearly as difficult as you might be thinking. Some of these tips are technology based, and some you can simply start by being a little more vigilant.
Use Two Sets of Utensils when Cooking
This is something they might not teach you growing up, but we always find it to be helpful. If you are cooking a big meal, we strongly recommend that you keep two spatulas, or really two of every utensil on hand so that you can avoid what is known as cross contamination. This is an extreme example, but imagine that you are cooking both chicken and ground beef in separate pans. Do NOT use the same spatula for both of these at the same time. Instead, treat them as entirely separate entities and keep your cooking under control.
Use an Ingredient Application
Technology is an amazing thing, you have to admit, but did you know that your smartphone can help you in the kitchen? There are several applications that you can install on your phone that will help you to choose ingredients for your next meal. In addition to that, with most of these applications you can simply enter the list of ingredients that you have on hand, it will help you to determine what you can cook with those ingredients. It’s the ultimate meal planning application that many simply do not talk about. You might just find that there are many ingredients for dishes that you never even thought of, and wouldn’t have without an application of this nature.
Create a Quick Cookbook
As you already know, cookbooks belong in the kitchen, but have you ever considered creating a quick cookbook so that you can find the recipe that you need a little easier? This idea entails taking the recipes you like the most, or even your own recipes, and placing them in an easy to use guide. The best way to do this is to print out the recipes on your own and make sure that they are properly categorized so that you can find them easily. If possible, make this book as small as possible while still being able to read it, that way you can be sure it is always available while taking up very little space in your kitchen.
These three tips will help you out considerably when you are in the kitchen, and will undoubtedly allow you to get the job done quicker. Don’t work harder, work smarter!