Thursday, September 29, 2011

simplify my kitchen

I have a pretty large kitchen.  I love it.  Lot's of counter space for me to do whatever I need to do cooking wise.  Lot's of cabinets and drawers to hold everything in.  A HUGE french door fridge, that is pretty much awesome since I usually have so many vegetables to store.  I don't have too many appliances, the all important coffee maker, a KitchenAid, and a blender.  All but the coffee maker are in the cupboards.  I don't own a lot of cookbooks, I have problems with recipes - meaning I cannot follow them to save my life.  I do have a binder that has some recipe inspiration from magazines, and I also have my box of recipe cards which holds some of my most favorite recipes, mainly from my mama and Nana, and those I typically follow to the T, wanting to recreate my childhood memories and all :-)

So why do you need to simplify your kitchen?  Well, I do have a lot of a couple of things.  I have a lot of Pyrex bowls and casserole dishes, and I have a lot of prep bowls.  Most people would use one or two of these things for an evening meal.  However, I am not most people.  In fact, I have the uncanny ability to use every bowl and pot for one meal.

Now, don't get me wrong, I am fully capable of making a one pot meal, but I typically only do that once a week, and it is usually a soup or chili that I then serve for several meals.  I'm talking about my other meals, when I feel the need to be creative.  You know the meals, the quinoa with black bean salad, regular salad, roasted veggies and steamed green beans kind of meals.  Yes, we will eat all of that in one setting - apparently we are a hungry bunch.

Back to my problem.  Do I really need to have 12 bowls?  While I like the convenience of quickly moving through my meal prep, I do not like the fact that I have to run my dishwasher 3 times per day.  Maybe the bowls and pots I use are just too big.  Maybe I need a second dishwasher.  Maybe I should learn to use fewer bowls and just clean them in between uses in the sink.

One of my goals for the next week or two (because I am not a fast mover on these organizational projects) is to clean out my kitchen.  Do you have any tips?  If you prepare a lot of your own food from scratch, how do you manage the cleanup without running the dishwasher all day everyday?  Inquiring minds would like to know :-)

3 comments:

  1. Hi Heather,

    Found you from Angie's blog. I cook a lot from scratch. I wash wash wash as I go. I try to run the dw only one time per day. I lay a cloth towel on the counter and let items dry as I go.

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  2. Yeah, I probably should go that route. I think that I just get so involved with the cooking, by the time it is done my littles are chomping at the bit for some mama time...and I am too eager to just set the dishes aside to play :-)

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  3. Awww... I'm so jealous that you have a large kitchen. Do you have photos? Me, I have to make do with the small kitchen space in my apartment.

    - kitchens enthusiast

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