When it is hot out, there is nothing worse than being stuck in a small kitchen cooking for your family! If you have access to an outdoor grill, you can take advantage of that opportunity to keep the stove and oven heat from invading your house. But if you are stuck with a small kitchen and no grill, try these tips to keep your sanity!
- Start with organization! You can seriously pare down your kitchen supplies to just the essentials. I can’t tell you how liberating it was to realize I only needed one stock pot, one frying pan, one spatula, etc. It is amazing how much stuff we collect over the years! Get a box and start filling it with the stuff you don’t need.
- Keep counters clear. By getting rid of stuff you don’t need, you free up your counters for much needed prep space. After all, when was the last time you used that waffle iron? Get rid of it and you suddenly have a place to store your toaster when you aren’t using it.
- Enlarge your prep space. Invest in a large cutting board that will cover your sink or stove top. This will give you a prep space for cutting while another person can use the other countertop. This gets you help in the kitchen without feeling like it’s a crowd!
- Think ahead. Getting that large cutting board is a reminder that you can prep stuff in the morning before work so that all you have to do at the end of the day is throw it together! By getting up a half hour earlier, you can marinate meat, cut up veggies, or boil water and make rice or pasta. Then when you are hot and tired at the end of the day, you simply put it all together and sit down while it bakes or cooks!
- Double it up. If you are in the cooking mood, take advantage of it: make a double batch! It is wonderful to know you have a lasagna saved in the freezer or extra chicken from last night that you can shred and put on a salad.
Don’t let your small kitchen keep you from eating well. By trying out one or two these tips, you can make the cooking task a little more enjoyable! Bon appetit!