how to organize kitchen cooking



Cooking can be subdivided into smaller sub-activities.

Organize kitchen cooking areas into activity centers.

Such a plan not only saves steps, but it also enables two people to work at once without falling all over each other, which is good for a night of Twister among tipsy newlyweds, but bad for married-with-children types packing butcher knives.

Here's how to Organize kitchen cooking into activity areas.



How to Organize Kitchen Cooking (As in the Actual Heating of Food):

Around the range, put all the things you need for cooking. Pots and pans go in the cabinets directly underneath. Put a jar of utensils on top of the range, but include only those utensils you use at least once a week.

Slicing and Dicing:

Near the sink, create a workstation with all the paraphernalia you need to wash, peel, and chop foods, including knives, butcher block, peelers, scrub brushes, bowls, etc.

Food Preparing:

Here's where you would group scrapers, colanders, mixing bowls and spoons, whisks, measuring cups and spoons, blenders, and your food processor. Try to contain them all in one cabinet if possible.

Organize Kitchen Cooking for Baking:

Arrange all the things you'll need for baking in one cabinet. Then organize the items inside plastic storage containers for grouping like items.

I put our collection of cake and ice cream sprinkles and candy toppings in a big lidded plastic bin tucked inside a cabinet near the oven. When it's time to frost cupcakes for class, we know right where to go. Just grab the bin from the cabinet.

Nearby, in a second see-through container, they'll find baking soda, baking powder, and sugars, everything we need to make the cupcakes.  (Except the flour. To chill out any wiggly creatures that might make a home here, I put my flower inside a zip-close bag that calls the freezer its home.)

You don't have to be so finicky. But you should at least place your opened sugars (brown, powdered, and regular) and flours in airtight plastic containers or zip-close bags to close in freshness and close out nasty bugs that love to cozy up, then divide and multiply there.



Create a Kids Snack Station:

Make kids more independent and let them fix their own breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. In an accessible low cabinet (away - far away - from the stove), station snack foods for the kids: peanut butter, bread, jelly, raisins, cereal bars, cereal, chips, and zip-close bags.

This is also a good spot for storing lunch boxes.

Grouping these items makes it easy for kids to pack their own lunches. 

Coffee Drinking: 

In the cabinet above the coffeemaker, store filters, flavorings, grinder, coffee beans or pods, sugar, teas, and all the stuff you need to perk up your mornings.

That way you can enjoy your first cup without having to search around the kitchen with your eyes half open.

Storing Dishes:

Oh yeah. You eat in the kitchen too!

So you'll need to make room for your daily dishes, your serving dishes, glasses, and utensils in here, as well.

Put them all in one area, please, and as close to the sink and/or dishwasher as you can get them to minimize the time spent putting clean dishes away.








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