Saving Precious Time in the Kitchen – Family Caregiver Quick Tip

We all wish we had more hours in the day to get everything accomplished that we have on our to-do lists.

That’s especially true for family caregivers trying to balance caring for senior loved ones and their own families, many while employed full time!

Finding shortcuts to doing everyday chores can help give caregivers back the gift of time.

Caregiver Kitchen Timesavers

Making meals and snacks without spending all day in the kitchen can help family caregivers do more important tasks to care for their senior loved ones and their own family members too.

Hopefully finding a few timesaving ideas will help family caregivers spend a little more time caring for themselves too!

This is the first place that we skimp when time is lacking and it is the first place we should be investing time so that caregivers can continue to care for others.

Choose MyPlate has come up with some timesavers that will help caregivers reduce stress in the kitchen. Click on the links to view a few videos demonstrating the tips.

  1. Organize your kitchen. Keep frequently-used items, such as cooking oils/sprays, spatulas, cutting boards, and spices, within easy reach. This will keep you from having to search for them later.
  2. Clear the clutter. Before you start cooking, clear off your counters. This allows more room for prep space.
  3. Chop extra. When chopping up veggies for a meal, chop more than you need. Take the extra, place it in a reusable container and freeze. Then next time you need it, you can skip a step.
  4. Have everything in place. Grab all ingredients needed for your meal – vegetables chopped, spices measured, and meats thawed. It will be easier to spot missing items and avoid skipping steps.
  5. Double your recipe. For your next casserole or stew, try doubling the recipe and freezing the extra. You’ll save time and make cooking next week’s dinner a snap!
  6. Clean as you go. Fill up the sink with soapy water and wash the dishes as you cook. It’ll make clean up go much smoother!
  7. Save some for later. Freeze leftover soups, sauces, or gravies in small reusable containers.

Additional Resources

Here are a few more stories that can help caregivers find the gift of time and gain work-life balance.