Five Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen


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As we all know, preparing dinner and having it ready on the table every night isn’t easy. Especially when there is always something going on, shopping to be done -and not to mention the clean up afterwards. Hey, we do it right but that doesn’t mean it should take hours of your time each day to get it all done either.

Let’s face it, I believe we like to think we can handle it all but sometimes a change in our routine might be a good thing right?

Here are five tips that will save you time in the kitchen.

Keeping your Pantry Stocked

There have been numerous times that I have run out of canned goods including rice and even pasta. I believe stocking up on these essentials are very important when saving time in the kitchen.

Another great way to keep things stocked in your kitchen is making a check list. I know many of us write down our grocery list but if you’re anything like me, I always find a way to leave it at home. So preparing a checklist is always helpful.


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Stock up your Freezer

When you see deals on bread, meats, and butter, now is a great time to store them in the freezer. My tips are easy. When purchasing meat, take out the meat from the butcher packaging then store them back into freezer bags. This way, it gives you plenty of options when planning dinner which saves you multiple trips to the grocery store -plus saves you money for future meals and who doesn’t like to do that.


*Another great tip is when you’re freezing leftovers or cooked hot foods. Make sure that you allow your food to cool down before storing. Two things might happen if you do. One being your food could become spoiled and the other is because when you place your foods inside your freezer the temperature will rise which could make other frozen foods defrost and that honey is a no-no.

Keep Ingredients on Hand

It’s been a learning lesson for this tip. There have been occasions when I’m ready to rock a recipe until I find out that I ran out of an ingredient or spice needed. It’s so important to make sure that you have all ingredients on hand. So before you start dicing up those tomatoes for that perfect sauce, make sure you have those delicious herbs and spices handy. When you have everything you need, cooking is stress-free and more enjoyable.



Prep Dinner

You can save so much time around dinner if you start preparing earlier. Take it from this mom of four, that is always on the go, It makes a world of difference. Prepping ingredients earlier in the morning or hours before, makes preparing dinner done in a flash. Save time with keeping your foods refrigerated in resealable plastic bags, in jars with tight fitting lids. They will keep your foods crispier and seal out any odors from onions, garlic or cheeses.


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Whistle While You Cook

You have dishes on top of dishes. -And, you still have more food to make. Now, what?

I found it so helpful to clean while I’m still preparing and cooking dinner. It’s so handy to keep a small grocery store or trash bag nearby for wrappers or food scraps. I tend to wash my pans or soak them while cooking because I honestly know that once dinner is done everyone runs. So, to make it easier, I wash as I go.


Now that you heard all about my tips on saving time in the kitchen, I would love to hear about yours.

What shortcuts have you made to save time in the kitchen?




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Michele is a Florida-based recipe creator, travel buff, and lifestyle advocate. Who believes in creating easy recipes without sacrificing the flavor of each culture. She adores her family, the warm Florida sun, and wearing flip flops.


  • Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I never have what I need when I need it. It's murphy's law. I need to use this checklist to stock up so I always have what I need.
  • Jeanette

    I really need to do this! I am terrible at preping dinner. I get the stuff and never do anything with it. I try to keep my freezer stocked up, now if only I could get someone to cook it for me.
  • lisa

    These are great tips. I hate spending too much time in the kitchen prepping for meals. It's so much easier when I have all my ingredients readily available!
  • Rebecca M.

    We go shopping every Saturday and stock up the pantry and frig for the week! I really try to cook with what I have on-hand and make substitutions to a recipe if needed.
  • Michelle

    These are all such great tips and I definitely think that keeping stocked up with ingredients to use is the key. I've started taking a photo of my refrigerator and pantry before I go to the grocery store.
  • Jessica Simms

    Great tips! I found out the hard way what happens when you put HOT food straight in the fridge or freezer. It was a disaster and of course I didn't truly figure it out until my mom pointed out your NOT supposed to do that.
  • Kathy

    These are some wonderful tips. I could always use more time in the kitchen. One thing I need to start doing is prepping ahead of time. I'd love to have an idea of what is for lunch/dinner each day for at least a week. That would save a lot of time too.
  • Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great tips. Meal planning is a great way to save time in the kitchen. I will have to try a few of these.
  • Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog

    The dishes tend to get away from me as well. I'll tell myself to wash as I go, but there are times that it becomes overwhelming and you just continue to stack them up in the sink! lol Thanks for sharing! Now---time to make a grocery list to stock the pantry!
  • Yona Williams

    One thing that I do on your list is buy extra of the ingredients that I use the most, like garlic powder, oregano, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. It's the worst when you run out quickly.
  • jo

    Keeping ingredients on hand makes it a lot smoother, especially if you can see them (as in they're not stored in cabinets). I sometimes stop in the process of cooking due to lack of ingredients. Oh my. Sometimes I just end up throwing them which I know is a waste. :( Anyway, I also wash the dishes while cooking because I don't want to be the only person left in the kitchen after dinner. Haha! I want to start watching TV when they do.

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