Monday, 29 April 2013

Cooking Organisation Tips

Most of you know I'm a tiny little bit of a control freak, until I'm in the kitchen that is...then I'm a lot of a control freak. I'm pretty fastidious about weighing, chopping and measuring first, cleaning as I go, and going to bed with a clean kitchen. Don't judge me, I can't help it. It's just who I am. 

A long time ago, my aunt used to own a health food cafe and cooking school, as well as write the odd recipe for Well Being magazine. She passed away a few years ago, but I recently managed to get my hands on all her old recipes. I've been reading through then, and it's been an eye opener for me. Not only am I learning about a lot of produce that I don't normally use (or hadn't heard of), but I feel like I'm learning a bit more about my aunt too. As I was reading through the notes, I came across a page titled 'Kitchen Organisation', so my guess was she was just about as controlling as me in the kitchen. Oh dear! At least I know where I get it from. 

The list is a really useful list. It's probably things a lot of people do already, but reading it was a great reminder for me of the best and most efficient way to work in a kitchen, making cooking safer, quicker and easier. So I thought I'd share the list with everyone.

Kitchen Organisation 
1) Start cooking in a clean kitchen:
  • Tidy away any previously prepared food and ensure that the surfaces are clean. 
  • Wash any dishes and wipe the sink. 
2) Assemble necessary equipment & ingredients:
  • Make sure before you begin that you have all the things out you need. By laying them out you will prevent setbacks. 
3) Have a menu plan:
  • This needn’t necessarily be written but do so if it helps. You should know in advance the most efficient and appropriate order in which to do things. 
4) Efficiency in the kitchen:
  • Move round the kitchen in a logical way taking dirty dishes to the sink or food back to the fridge as you pass in order to make the best use of time. 
  • Clear up as you go, keeping chopping board and surrounding surfaces clean, putting things away as you finish with them. 
5) Leave the kitchen clean:
  • When the food preparation is complete, tidy the kitchen and wash all the dishes and sweep the floor. 

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