Organized Mom on November 18th, 2008

One thing I’m trying to do is find ways to streamline my time in the kitchen. I like to cook, but I like the finished product much better.

So how do I cut down time in the kitchen without sacrificing food quality and healthiness of my selections?

I’m working on that. So far, I am doing the following:

1) Bacon in the microwave.
I thought those little microwave bacon trays wouldn’t work. But you know what? They totally do. Instead of spending 10 minutes watching and turning bacon – not to mention avoiding grease splatters – I toss it in the microwave, stopping to turn it once. That’s it. It still tastes great, is perfect for sandwiches, and has minimal cleanup. (I know what you’re thinking. “Didn’t she mention health?” I did, but I’m not giving up bacon, just cooking time. Bacon is a high maintenance food in my book, but sooooo tasty.)

2) Crockpot.
It was probably this past summer at BlogHer when I heard about Stephanie’s “A Year of CrockPotting” site. I’m finally getting back to using a crockpot more, and her tips and recipes will be a big part of that, I’m sure. My husband improvises a lot more than I do. I like to have a general idea, and tweak from there. Less time in front of the stove equals more floor time with my rugrat.

3) Pressure cooker.
This is not your mother’s pressure cooker. These babies have come a long way. I have a German model that I LOVE. Artichokes, quick and tasty. Risotto, in a surprisingly short time (not a perfect risotto, but good enough that your family will enjoy it, a lot). And roasts that are fork tender, in record time. If you don’t have time for a crock pot, then you need a pressure cooker.

I’m still working on other ways to reduce my kitchen time, yet still provide tasty meals. Of course, cleanup is a whole ‘nother issue, especially when you don’t have a dishwasher!

What are you doing to cut your kitchen time? Is that something that’s important to you, without sacrificing too much quality or healthy ingredients?

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5 Responses to “Kitchen organization – Cutting that kitchen time”

  1. Thank you for including me! I’m a lazy cook, and the crockpot is most definitely my best friend.
    –steph

  2. Steph, my husband came home tonight, knowing I wasn’t feeling well, and put a roast in the crock pot. With no prompting, even! I think I’ll sneak a few of your recipes onto his desk and see what happens. :D

  3. I prep whatever I can find time for (things like garlic, veggies for stir fry, etc.) and stash them in the fridge for quick cooking. If you make menus before hand, then you can just look to your menu say, “Oh, I’ll need this, this, this,” prep that and then it is ready for you to cook at the appropriate time. :) For me, I try to do this whenever my baby gives me the opportunity. Five minutes here and there can get you pretty far.

  4. Yes, I love pre-prepping things. Great ideas, Michelle! Also, hubby & I try to team-dog things where I do some of the prep and he does the other parts. It really helps.

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