Monday, March 10, 2014

Beating the Kitchen Rush: Time-Saving Tips for Budding Chefs

Cooking in the most time-economic way possible is a skill all chefs-in-the-making should master. A few kitchen shortcuts, tips, and tricks will certainly go a long way in beating the dinner rush in a crowded restaurant. Save yourself some precious kitchen time and serve gastronomic meals in a snap with these tips:

       
Read instructions first
In your rush to get everything done right away, you might forget the first essential step in cooking a great meal—to read the recipe instructions. It pays to know the entire procedure beforehand, so you’ll know which steps to prioritize and which ingredients to prepare first.

Multi-task
Like with all other jobs, cooking also requires a high level of multitasking skills. This is necessary to get more done in a shorter amount of time. One effective way to multitask in the kitchen is to start preparing other ingredients while boiling water or waiting for the oven to warm. This way, the ingredients have already been sliced, peeled, or chopped and ready to be cooked by the time everything’s heated up.
    
Invest in the right tools
A good peeler and a very, very sharp knife are just some of the tools you need to invest in before you start your cooking career. This will help speed up all the peeling, chopping, and slicing you’d do in the future. Such tools may be expensive, but the price is certainly well worth the time you’ll save in preparing the ingredients.

Clean up the clutter
Clean as you go. As much as possible, keep your work area free from dirty dishes or pans. A cluttered kitchen will only make it difficult for you to find the things you need for cooking. You should also use kitchenware that requires less washing and clearing-up time, such as pot roasts, casseroles, and saucepans. Place a trash bin or black garbage b
ag nearby where you can easily throw empty packets and peelings.

Plan ahead
Another great time-saving trick is to have all ingredients ready before you start with the actual cooking. This means preparing a shopping list for your recipe, so you won’t miss anything when you go to the grocery or when you send an order to your suppliers. It saves you time by not having to rush to the local store just to get a single item you forgot to purchase beforehand.

When creating a shopping list, it’s best if you use an application or program that can help you properly itemize all ingredients. Top recipe management system CALCMENU comes with a handy shopping list feature that culinary experts and chefs-in-the-making can use to create shopping lists for their chosen recipes and menus. All ingredients needed and used for the recipe can be listed, along with their quantities and prices. With this feature, you no longer have to manually create your shopping lists. This lessens the risk of errors or mistakes in itemizing the ingredients needed.

Follow these basic tips and you’ll be surprised at how much time you can actually save working in the kitchen. If you know any other time-saving tips and tricks, feel free to share them with your fellow chefs in the comments section below.


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