5 Kitchen Timesavers

Cooking a meal doesn't have to take up your whole day.  Try these 5 kitchen  tips to save time and make cooking fun. Get Organized.   Before you begin cooking, clear your kitchen counters and set up a prep space.  Keep your most used cooking utensils within reach - unflavored cooking spray, cutting boards, and spices - and pull out all ingredients you'll need before you begin.  Keep your work space clean as you go, it will make cleaning up after your meal much easier!

Make Extra. When chopping vegetables and fruits, cut up more than you require for your recipe.  Freeze the extra servings and next time you need it, you can skip a step!  Save/freeze extra servings of food for a quick and easy dinner later.

Plan Ahead. Create a meal plan for the week and commit to it.  This will save you from standing in front of the fridge after work worrying about what to make for dinner.  Make sure you have all needed ingredients ahead of time so you won't have to make any last minute grocery shopping trips.

Go Simple. If you're just learning how to navigate your way around a kitchen, choose simple recipes to start.  Read through the entire recipe when meal planning (to make sure you have all ingredients on hand), and there won't be any surprises when you begin cooking.

Use the Right Knife. It seems obvious, but most individuals end up using the same cooking knife for everything from chopping to peeling.  Different knives are made to perform specific tasks, so use the knife that is intended for the task at hand to save prep time when cooking.