Does cooking always seem to equal chaos in your home? With lots of ingredients on the go and pots and pans a-bubbling, it can get this way pretty fast. Counteract the mayhem by reading on. You’ll find a number of methods to turn chaos into calm in your kitchen.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Always overestimate the amount of time it will take you to cook a meal, rather than underestimate. This gives you plenty of room for mistakes and errors! And it means that if something does go wrong, you don’t have to panic.
Give Yourself Plenty of Room
Just as not having enough time can wreak havoc on your cooking, so can not having enough space. Make sure you make space before you get started, not during!
Invest in a Slow Cooker
Slow cookers are the kitchens’ best kept secret. They allow you to chuck a load of ingredients in the morning and then find a home-cooked meal in there a few hours later. Most have three settings; low, medium and high. This allows you to cook a wide range of different foods. You can cook pulled pork slowly over eight hours until it is falling apart. Or, just marinate some beef meatballs for a couple of hours in a rich tomato sauce. A great thing about slow cookers is that you can cook certain meats from raw. A lamb casserole is one such recipe that works really well in a slow cooker. You get to make restaurant-standard recipes with way less fuss, mess and effort.
Tidy Up as You Go Along
Tidy and cleaning at the end means a much bigger job than if you do it as you go along. Every time you finish using a pot, pan or utensil, either wash or it or put it straight into the dishwasher. This also helps keeps your surfaces tidy, and once you’re finished you can get on with eating, not cleaning!
Don’t Get to Complicated with Your Recipes
Complication recipes don’t always equal tasty. Similarly, simple recipes don’t always equal boring! Trying to get too fancy with the things you are cooking can be really expensive and eventually quite disappointing! Don’t neglect simple recipes; you might be surprised how amazingly tasty they can be!
Buy Pre-Chopped Veggies
This method is a bit of a cheat! However, it will save you time and effort. Buy pre-chopped vegetables and ingredients in the supermarket, rather than the whole item. This is an especially good idea when you’re making things like stir-fry, which has a lot of different ingredients. You might have to pay a bit more for the privilege of having them cut for you, but you can justify it every so often!
Find Inspiration on Social Media
If you lack inspiration in the cooking department, TV cooking shows aren’t the only place to turn to anymore. Get your inspiration online. Follow cooking blogs and YouTube channels. Subscribe to digital magazines mailing lists. Set up a Pinterest account and pin lots of different ideas from other users accounts.
How chaotic is your cooking?