7 Ways to Improve Work flow In the Kitchen

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What a Weird Subject to Write on!

I mean, improving work flow in the kitchen is simple, WORK FASTER!
Whilst this may be the most obvious point, it does sometime reduce the quality of food you produce, or it could lead to an injury.

As if that is not enough, 90% of cooks out of 300 have said they prefer to work slower in the kitchen. (If no-one else appreciates this article, hopefully that 90% LOVE IT).

That makes super sense doesn't it? I mean you're working in your OWN kitchen! Not under Gordon Ramsay raining down the f-bomb every 5 minutes. You shouldn't have to rush or over exert yourself to cook a simple meal, it should be FUN!

Before listing these points I would like to mention they are all based around the idea of improving efficiency, the more efficient you are, the less  effort you're going to have to put in. 
Sounds pretty good doesn't it?

So without further ado, here are 7 ways to improve workflow in the kitchen:
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1.) Consider the layout

When considering layout the primary objective is usually to make it look as pretty as possible. Well we're going to make that secondary, our primary objective is now MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY. 

Some things you can do to achieve this are:
  1. Have the refrigerator and Pantry close together, that way all your groceries can be found at one point reducing the amount of time taken to get your ingredients.
  2. Form a 'work' triangle with your refrigerator, sink and cooker. Draw a triangle on your floor plan and have your refrigrator at one point, have your sink at one point and your cooker at the final point. Each point should serve a specific purpose i.e. the point with the refrigerator is where all the food is stored, the point with the cooker is where all the food is cooked etc...
  3. Position a work surface, or countertop area in between each station of your work triangle. You may have to compromise with this in smaller kitchen but what would help is having multi purpose work surfaces, so a certain surface can be used to prepare food and to eat etc...
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2.) Use Kitchen Tools

I really am smart aren't I, what a clever idea, I'm sure no-one uses kitchen tools already. 
Well by 'kitchen tools' I don't mean your conventional tools, there's many useful kitchen tools on eBay that speed things up a lot more than conventional kitchen tools.

An example of this would be something like the tea infuser you see above. From experience making tea is always a bit of a nightmare, you have to put your tea and sugar in, pour boiling hot water in, using whatever take a boiling hot tea bag out, squeeze the last of the flavour and throw it away. What this tea infuser does is it squeezes the tea bag and releases the flavour with just a simple push down of the handle, simplifying the most dreadful part of making tea, this is great for preventing sore fingers and if the tea bag pops you don't have to worry about a load of tiny tea leaves floating in your cuppa. Whilst it may seem like your only saving a little time it adds up over time and simplifies things greatly.

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3.) Improve Ventilation

This is extremely important, the obvious reason being if something burns and there are toxic gases floating around, you want them out of there  IMMEDIATELY! The other reason revolves around what was mentioned earlier, being in the kitchen should be fun, you should be able to relax in there. I don't know about you but if the kitchen is super hot and covered in smoke, I'm either passed out on the floor or out of there ASAP. 

Whatever heat and smoke comes out of your cooker you want out of there, it is only a nuisance if it hangs around, get it out, If that smoke alarm finds out there's a load of smoke in the kitchen your headache may get a little worse!
Improve your kitchen ventilation.

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4.) Maximise Storage

At times it can be a major headache looking for dishes, pans or cutlery. You find the dish you're looking for and everything else in your cupboard decides to fall out as well.
Well that isn't the worst of it, precious time has just been wasted meaning lower efficiency.
That is exactly what we don't want.

I have found a way to solve this annoyance, I have pretty large cupboards in which I store all of my kitchen dishes, cutlery, pans. If I'm looking for a dish I know exactly what cupboard it is in and the dishes are sorted in piles, all the similar dishes are kept in the same pile. 
Also I have trays in my cupboard which I can pull out, this allows me to clearly see what dish I'm looking at and save on time and effort.
Despite seeming unnecessary initially it is definitely worth it when it comes to enjoying yourself in the kitchen and removing the frustration.

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5.) Improve Lighting

From what I've seen, most people are happy with a light in the middle of the kitchen. If your kitchen is of modest size that's fine, but if you have an island for a kitchen you're going to need a lot more lights. I would recommend lights put at equal spaced intervals across the kitchen ensuring every area is adequately lit, this will make it easier to see where everything is and what is going on. This will not only reduce the chance of you slipping over something and getting hurt but it also makes work more enjoyable, I feel happier.
Weird? Well I'm just being honest

As well as not wanting the kitchen to be too dim you also don't want it to be too bright, I mean who wants to have to wear sunglasses whenever they walk into their kitchen. Figure out what will give the right balance and use that!

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6.) Use protective equipment

Accidents in the kitchen scarcely end without a lot of pain and the need for a plaster.
Having to work in the kitchen with the constant fear of hurting yourself is always going to slow you down, this is where the protective equipment jumps into action.

The best accident is the one you avoid. (I think that's how it goes)
Remember that saying, it'll help in more areas of life than in the kitchen.

SO, as I was saying, the use of protective equipment completely eradicates the fear of an accident as you are protected, nothing can hurt you now!
Get your protective equipment on and work with a smile on your face, knowing you're protected from acquiring a nasty cut. How satisfying that is!

As a side note, whilst wearing your protective equipment please don't begin 'testing' it, chances are nothing will happen but in the rare case the equipment fails, you'll probably regret your actions.


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7.) Keep It Clean

Your kitchen is your very own lab, it is where you experiment, it is where you concoct the delicious meals that keep you up and running. 
As labs tend to, your kitchen can get really messy if it isn't kept clean.
If everything is cluttered what does that mean? You guessed it,
REDUCED EFFICIENCY!

Cleaning the kitchen can tend to be extremely boring and frustrating, I would recommend regular cleaning. if you allow the kitchen to get too dirty you can say goodbye to precious hours of your time because it does take a while to clean. Clean it every other day and it shouldn't take you more than an hour, after using dishes, cutlery wash them and put them away before leaving. This should make it easier to clean.

A clean and orderly kitchen makes the kitchen a more pleasant place to be and also frees up a lot of space to add your new kitchen utensils. 



Thank you so much for taking the time to read through my article, I really hope it was of benefit.
Feel free to comment any reviews and be sure to let me know whether it was helpful or not.
I am hoping to write more articles like this so stay tuned.

I appreciate your time and please try to apply the principles laid out in this article and let me know if they helped you or not.

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