Kitchen Time Savers

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Want to save time in the kitchen, but still enjoy good eats. Well, this month is the month to learn 31 new Kitchen Time Savers.


Yesterday, we had three hockey games: 1:30, 4:30, and 7:30. It was a challenge to feed my people an evening meal. The second game was supposed to get out at 5:30, but my crew needed to be back at the rink about 30 minutes before the next game, at 7 pm. That left me a short 90 minutes to get home, get supper cooked, get folks fed, and then shoo them out the door again.

It wasn’t a perfect meal, but I pulled off roasted green beans, grilled fish, and steamed rice. Thanks to a few time-saving strategies it all came together. (Please note that this is not always the case, but when it is, it’s a pretty sweet experience.)

I’m realizing that as much as I love to cook, I really can’t afford to futz around too much. There are some days when it’s okay to take my time, and there are other days when I really do need to scurry.

Is it like that at your house, too?

Kitchen Time Savers

I’m really excited about my challenge for the next month. I’ve dared myself to find 31 ways that I could save time in the kitchen. I love being in the kitchen, but I also don’t like to waste. So, saving in the kitchen has to be a good thing, right?

    1. Plan Your Meals
    2. Use a Countertop Trash Receptacle
    3. Simplify Your Meals
    4. Three Handy Tools for the Kitchen
    5. Use Spice Blends
    6. Make a Reusable Grocery List
    7. Keep Your Fridge Clean
    8. Do Freezer Cooking
    9. Make a Salad Bar
    10. Make Quick Fix Meals
    11. Shop at One Store
    12. Clean the Kitchen before You Go to Bed
    13. Slow Cooking Saves Time
    14. Clean as You Go
    15. Make Dinner in the Morning
    16. Get the Morning Beverages Ready the Night Before
    17. Serve a Breakfast Bar to Save Time
    18. Label the Pantry Shelves to Save Time
    19. Use Sharp Knives
    20. Prep Veggies for the Week
    21. Make Breakfast Ahead of Time
    22. Make It a Sandwich Night
    23. Use the Big Pot
    24. Set up Your Cooking Space
    25. Get Some Help
    26. Dejunk the Kitchen
    27. Build Your Meals from Like Ingredients
    28. Have a Back-Up Plan
    29. Buy It If It’s Better Already Made
    30. Make Lunch ahead of Time

In October, I’ll be participating in once again in The Nester’s 31 Days series where hundreds of folks are sharing their 31-day challenges. I did this last year on both blogs and it was a lot of fun. If you missed those posts, you can still find them in the archives: 31 Days of Freezer Cooking and 31 Days to Stop and Smell the Roses.

This year over at Good Cheap Eats, I’ll be blogging 31 Days of DIY Convenience Foods. Check out both series, and hopefully we’ll both learn some new tricks in the kitchen.

Go ahead and bookmark, pin, tweet, or share this post as it will be updated throughout the month with all the posts in the series. It will be your one stop shop for saving time in the kitchen.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Wow…I’m curious. Can you actually find 31 MORE ways to save time in the kitchen? I’ll be following along here, as usual!

  2. Sounds fabulous! I’m one of those people who finds ways to make everything take longer than it should–especially in the kitchen 🙂 Looking forward to this very much! Maybe intentionally practicing some time-saving habits will help me out.

  3. Laurie says

    I plan to use my cp a lot this month. I’ve been nursing an injury so I’m trying to #1, make things that are quick and easy and #2, use up what we have (gotta get ready for the holiday baking and taking advantage of cheap frozen turkeys). The cp is perfect for that slow home cooked taste. Our big oval crockpot met with an untimely death (cracked crock) so I’m hoping Costco still has them for $20.

  4. Hello! This is will be a great series! As a work-out-of-home mom with limited time at home, I am always looking for ways to be efficient in the kitchen. Now that it’s fall, my go to meal will be stews; I can make a big pot which should last 3-4 meals (inclusive of lunches).

    I was wondering, do you have a list of tools that would help save time in the kitchen?

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