How do you do it?
How do you juggle the various tasks of traditional cooking day in and day out without going crazy, without turning to non-real food, and even while getting a good night's sleep?
Of course I want to hear your answers… and in this podcast, I'm sharing four more of my own time-saving traditional cooking tips.
These are the exact same tips I follow, along with my family, to keep sane, healthy, happy, and rested.
Please share your time-saving tips in the comments!
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4 More Traditional Cooking Time-Saving Tips
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Tip #1: Clean up as you go.
Keep up with clean up. It is just so much easier to face the kitchen when it is not backed up with dirty dishes. Serve dinner with the prep dishes already done. A friend has a family chore schedule with four dishwashing chores — breakfast, lunch and dinner as you'd expect, but also an afternoon dishwashing for all the dinner prep dishes.
Tip #2: Keep a sink full of soapy water.
I love this! When preparing a meal, everything dirty goes in there (except for knives) for immediate, easy washing or loading in the dishwasher. This tip came from member Peggy a long time ago when I was overwhelmed with a messy kitchen.
Tip #3: Go to bed with a clean kitchen.
This may be a hard one if you're used to saying, “I'll deal with that in the morning.” Yet if your kitchen can be spanking clean before bed, that's the best. Who wants to wake up to an already full day with a mess to clean up in the kitchen? Not me! My whole day goes better and more efficiently if I start out with a clean kitchen.
Tip #4: Work in 15 minute increments.
Got a mess in the kitchen? Things got a little chaotic? Set a timer for fifteen minutes and see what you can accomplish! This really works for me and it is so motivating that sometimes I even look forward to it. The rest of your cooking/prepping will go much smoother with the little confidence boost that a quick cleanup offers. Also, when you set that timer and devote yourself to the cleanup, you're very efficient because of the focus and intentionality. Get the kids involved and it will go even faster!
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