These time saving mom hacks will help to simplify your daily routines and get your family in a rhythm that works well for everyone. Thank you to Cascade pure essentials for sponsoring this post.
If you’re anything like me, you spend a LOT of the day in the kitchen. When I find a new idea that helps to simplify one of my jobs in the kitchen, I get so excited! Today I’m sharing some of my BEST time saving kitchen hacks, but there’s also a list at the bottom of time saving ideas from YOU! I asked my Instagram community and you guys delivered. Don’t miss those great ideas!
See these ideas in action in this video – keep scrolling to read even more time saving kitchen hacks!
Designate a “kids’ drawer” on their level:
We did this when we moved into our house a few years ago and LOVE how it’s helped to foster independence in our kids. We have them empty things their items from the dishwasher that go in this drawer, and they also are in charge of helping us set the table every day.
Cut up veggies twice a week:
This one seems so simple, but it’s incredibly helpful for prepping for a healthy week! We love cutting up fresh vegetables at least twice a week. When you’re hungry – reach for that container first, before you head to the pantry.
This is also our go-to when our kids are just sooooo hungryyyy before dinner. I put out that container on the counter when I am making dinner and offer it to the kids before dinner. If they ruin their dinner appetite with vegetables, I’m not complaining!
Use a bowl to collect all of your scraps:
Another simple change that makes life a little bit easier! I put a bowl on the counter and throw scraps in while I’m cooking or prepping food. I then just dump out the scraps into the garbage (or compost) when I’m finished. It really helps to contain the mess of cooking and limit the amount of times you’re making trips back and forth to the garbage can.
Prepare a smoothie ahead of time:
If your house is anything like mine, it can be a little chaotic in the morning. Sometimes I leave the house without having a true breakfast, but I don’t like doing that! This tip has really helped me to save time but also have a healthier start to my day.
Prepare smoothie ingredients at night, and put them in a freezer safe jar. Just put the wet ingredients in the blender in the morning!
Shred chicken with a hand mixer:
One of my FAVORITE kitchen hacks ever – cook some chicken with a little bit of water, salt and pepper. Once its fully cooked, just shred it with a hand mixer. I love to do this when I get a good sale on chicken at the store, and then I shred it and put it in the freezer to use in meals later.
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I asked my Instagram community to share THEIR best time saving kitchen hacks and they delivered! Here are some of my favorite ideas:
- Use kitchen shears to cut kids food into bite sized pieces
- Get an immersion blender to minimize dishes being dirtied
- Use pizza stones for heating everything – super easy to clean
- Buy bulk ground meat, cook in batches and then freeze by the pound for convenience later when cooking meals
- Make double the amount of your dinner so you can freeze it for a later date
- Freeze tomato paste in ice cube trays so you can you a tablespoon in other recipes
- Saute veggies on the weekend so you can quickly add them to omelettes/dinners during the week
- Cook a bigger portion of meat one night, and then use that meat for a second dinner later that week (cook once eat twice)
- Become a master of 30 minute one pan meals
- Pour a cup of milk in the fridge and leave cereal out overnight – the kids can help themselves to breakfast in the morning!
- When making smoothies, freeze the leftovers in popsicle molds
- Freeze extra broth in ice cube trays or silicon molds – use in recipes that call for a little bit of broth
- Prep your coffee at night so you only have to switch it on in the morning
- Make up mason jars of dry ingredients for muffins – just add wet ingredients for a quick breakfast treat
- If your frozen bread is sticking together, put wax paper between each slice after half thawing it, and then put in the freezer
- Keep a measurement conversion chart in your kitchen for help while cooking
- Rely heavily on your crock pot!
- Prep zucchini noodles & lettuce ahead of time and store with paper towels
- Cut half an onion for a recipe, then cut the other half & freeze for later
- Make veggie purees and put them in ice cube to sneak into smoothies
- Get a fridge with 4 doors & designate one spot as a “kid’s fridge” for easy access to snacks
WOW! So many good ideas! Thank you for submitting yours – if you have another idea, please leave it in the comments!
Thanks again to Cascade for sponsoring this conversation and making a product we can feel good about using in our kitchen!
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