Top Ten Time-Saving Food Tips by Janet Schiesl, CPO

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Mar 1st, 2013

pasta in jarSaving minutes (or even seconds) can add up to save you substantial time in the kitchen. Here are some tips to help you out.

  1. Double the amount you cook and freeze half of it to make your own frozen dinners.

  2. Cook dinners in a crock pot so the vegetables and meat cook while you’re at work.

  3. Plan meals a week ahead of time and include the necessary items on your shopping list.

  4. Roast in foil and use non-stick Teflon pans to speed up cleaning afterwards.

  5. Use only one or two sizes of plastic food storage containers. Make sure they stack inside each other to take up less space in your cabinet.

  6. Arrange all tools and ingredients for meal prep on the counter before starting to cook.  It can save you time.

  7. Use transparent containers for leftovers so you can see what you have in the refrigerator.

  8. Make up casseroles in double quantities and freeze them to reduce future meal preparation time.

  9. Organize the refrigerator so that everything can be readily seen. Put tall items at the back.

  10. Don’t store items in the refrigerator if they don’t need to be refrigerated.

The kitchen is usually the busiest room in the house. Making small changes to how you use your time and your kitchen space will make a big difference in every family member’s life.

Janet Schiesl, CPO© is the owner of Basic Organization, a professional organizing firm in the Washington DC area. The Basic Team provides services to busy families, business owners, downsizing seniors and the chronically disorganized. We can teach you the skills to get organized and live a more simplified life, by providing you with ideas, information, structure and solutions to help you regain control of your space.

Janet is a co-author of the book Get Organized Today. A collaboration of professionals, that provides inspiration for getting organized. The book offers practical ideas that you can use immediately to live a better, more effective life. Find us and more information at

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