Dinner at Home…Save Time in the Kitchen

Have you seen chefs on TV cook with all the ingredients prepped and placed in little containers ready to be professionally swirled into a pan at just the right time? Have you noticed how when the chef reaches for a pan or a knife just the right one is always right at his or her fingertips? Now flash back to the last time you followed a recipe. If you’re like me, you’re sometimes bouncing from one cupboard to the next searching for ingredients or slicing and chopping in a rush to get something in the pan before it’s too late.

Well, it’s no secret that TV chefs have prep cooks running around before the show and behind the scenes making sure everything is ready when the cameras start rolling. Their job is to make sure the TV chef can prepare the food quickly and efficiently. While most of us don’t have a staff assisting with dinner prep, it’s still easy to save time at home using this technique.

Wondering how to get started? The first step is to read through the recipe from beginning to end before you even turn on the stove. Next, simply prep and measure out each ingredient as described in the recipe and set aside. Set out pans and other tools you know you’ll need. You can do this anytime during the day like when the kids are napping or when you have a few extra minutes. Now when it’s time to start dinner, you’ll feel like a real pro. Dinnertime just got a little less hectic.

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