The 3 Best Ways To Set Up Your Kitchen For Easy Meal Prep

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By Trinity Archie

Updated: May 09, 2024

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    Creating a kitchen that makes meal prep easy and fast can change how you feel about cooking. When your kitchen is organized and set up with thought, cooking turns into a simpler task, almost like less of a chore. You’ll not only save time but also find the cooking process smooth and enjoyable. 

    When you can find everything you need in seconds and have enough space to prepare your meals without any hassle you’ll look forward to getting in the kitchen and preparing a meal. This is what a well-organized kitchen can offer. In this article, we will go over how you can transform any kitchen for better efficiency with a few tips. 

    1. Set Up a Storage Zone

    In your kitchen, organizing a storage space for everything makes cooking easier. For things that go bad quickly, like fruits and veggies, use clear boxes in the fridge. This way, you can see what you have and keep it fresh. Putting labels on fridge shelves helps too. You can have a spot for cheese, another for meat, and another for greens.

    For things like pasta or cans that don't go bad fast, keep them together in the pantry. This helps you find what you need quickly.

    Using your kitchen space smartly can also help a lot. You can add extra shelves that go up the wall or hang things. Baskets that hang under shelves give you more room for small stuff. And drawer dividers help keep your tools and gadgets tidy. This includes a special spot for your knife sharpener, so your knives are always sharp and ready to go. Thinking of new ways to organize can make your kitchen work better for you.

    2. Have a Preparation Zone

    In the preparation zone of your kitchen, having the right tools and appliances ready to go makes cooking much easier. You'll need cutting boards for chopping, knives for slicing, bowls for mixing, and measuring tools.

    To keep this area organized, think about the best places for these items so you can reach them without a second thought. A magnetic strip on the wall can hold your knives safely and keep them sharp, while hooks or stands can keep your cutting boards dry and ready to use. For bowls and measuring tools, having a dedicated drawer or shelf means you can grab them quickly.

    3. The Cooking Zone

    In the cooking zone, where you have your stove and oven, organizing your pots, pans, and cooking utensils is the most important thing. You want everything you need for cooking within easy reach. A good way to do this is by hanging your pots and pans near the stove. 

    This way you’ll save space but also make it easy to find the right pot or pan for your meal. For utensils like spatulas, wooden spoons, and tongs, having a container on the countertop or a drawer close by means you can grab them quickly without interrupting your cooking flow.

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