Caterers and professional cooks have some tricks that we can use to help us save time in the kitchen too.
They know what they’re making and they get the supplies they need to make the meal. You can decide in the morning or at least by lunchtime what you are having for dinner that night. This will reduce your mealtime stress because you will not have to try to figure out what to make and then have to wrestle with a frozen piece of meat too.
They cook in large quantities. Cooking for your freezer has many benefits. You can check the cooking manual Simple Cooking for more details on how you can use the time you’re already in the kitchen to multiply meals for your freezer.
They have the tools they need and have them in the right places in their kitchen. If your counter is cluttered you will not be able to cook as efficiently. Professional cooks don’t have knick knacks and kitchen gadgets standing on their counters. They have the tools they need and a clear surface.
They know what to spend their time on and what not to spend their time on. They don’t spend a lot of time on the meat, but do spend time making sure the plate presentation is good. I’m sure your family is not expecting a gourmet meal, but you can make sure you have a nice variety of foods for their eating pleasure. When in doubt keep it simple. If you have 3 items on the plate and they look and taste good, then you have accomplished your goal.
Professional cooks also use what I call backward planning. They know that their meal needs to be completed at a certain time so they think about how long it will take to prepare the meal and make sure they allow themselves enough time to cut, chop and cook.
Imitate the professionals and reduce your mealtime stress. Their simple strategies can help anyone who is responsible for cooking meals.