The key to success as a work-at-home is to incorporate as many life hacks as possible in your daily routine. In other words, you have to find ways to be more efficient in accomplishing tasks, so that you can be more productive and complete all of your duties and responsibilities. Use these five time-saving kitchen shortcuts to maximize your time:
Shortcut #1 - Cook and Freeze
Making three meals a day, every day is time consuming. One of the life hacks that has been used for years by moms is to cook and freeze meals ahead of time. Some moms have even been able to prepare meals for an entire month ahead of time, but you can start small and work your way up to a level that you're comfortable with. The next time you make a meal, cook triple portions and freeze the two extra portions you're not using. Label and date the food when you freeze the meal and schedule when to eat it again on a meal planner.
Shortcut #2 - Make Your Own Mixes
Some foods don't taste good frozen. If you want fresh meals, you can still be more efficient by making your own homemade mixes ahead of time. Examples of mixes included:
- Pancake and muffin mix
- Biscuit mix
- Chili spice mix
- Wild rice mix
You can find recipes for just about any mix you need for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The idea is to prepare large batches of the mix, and add wet ingredients when you're ready to prepare the food. You can store dry mixes in containers and keep in them in your pantry or cupboards until you're ready to use them.
Shortcut #3 - Create a Master Shopping List
Save time and frustration in the kitchen by printing a master shopping list to post on your refrigerator, on the pantry door or other convenient location in the kitchen. It's one of the most popular and effective life hacks for the kitchen. Teach your children, and yourself, to highlight or check items that are running low on the list. Plan to replace those items when you go on your weekly or monthly shopping trip. It's unproductive to discover that you're out of something, and have to run to the store to replace it. Making your list initially does take time, but once it's done, the list will be a valuable resource and time saver.
Shortcut #4 - Save Major Chores for Once a Week
Mopping the kitchen floor or cleaning the oven daily is not the best use of your time. Unless there's a major problem, you should plan on doing major chores in your kitchen only once a week. Assign some of those chores to your children and try your best to keep the area decent until the weekly cleaning sessions.
Shortcut #5 - Cut and Shred
One of the life hacks you can try is to cut and shred your vegetables and cheeses ahead of time, or buy pre-cut ones. You'll be amazed at how long it can take to cut or shred what you need, and the larger your family, the longer it takes. Freeze extra amounts that you don't plan to use in the immediate future.
Wasting time in the kitchen can slow you down and put a damper on your efforts to be more efficient. These life hacks should speed you up, as you work in the kitchen.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.