This post is in collaboration with TESCO.
Cooking a new recipe with a glass of wine to hand is a nice little way to unwind, some might say one of the best even. However, searching for ingredients and contending with mess can turn what should be an enjoyable activity into a bit of a chore. So here are some handy tips for making your kitchen a stress-free, organized area that you’ll love spending time in.
Re-assess your appliances
Any chef will tell you that to cook well, you need space. A lot of the space in kitchens is wasted by bulky appliances. If you haven’t overhauled your kitchen since you moved in, it might be the time to have a re-think. For instance, if your integrated oven is tricky to get to, you might turn to a more flexible cookery option such as free standing cookers. Likewise, although under worktop fridges can be great space savers, depending on the layout of your kitchen stand-alone fridges might be a better option, as they can be tucked into corners and often provide more shelf space too. Sketching out a rough layout of your kitchen space first is a good idea to help you visualize exactly what should go where.
Have a spring clean
We’re all guilty of keeping things in our kitchen that have seen better days, whether it’s the flour at the back of the cupboard or those muffin cases you bought five years ago and have never used. Having a good clear out is really rewarding and will make it much easier to find the everyday items you do need.
Weigh everything out first
Once your kitchen is in order, it’s time to start cooking. Weighing or measuring ingredients outfirst is a sure fire way to make sure everything goes according to plan. Place them in plastic containers to be ready to use exactly when you need them. Again, in small kitchens with less worktop surface this can be tricky, but there are some fantastic stackable Tupperware available which will help you get organized without losing space.
Clean as you go
The golden rule of any professional kitchen: clean up as you work. There’s nothing worse than coming to roll your pastry out but having no clean surface to do it. And if your kids are helping out, all the better. Turn washing up into a game and reward your mini chefs with a lick of the bowl!
So whether you’re cooking in a large kitchen or a compact cooking area, being organized and prepared can save you heaps of time. Always read the recipe through twice before you start and pre-heat the oven as required. Now, where did that wine glass go…?