Tips for keeping your kitchen organised
22 Apr 2014 4:20 PM
Posted by Chelsea Tromans
Jody Allen spends a lot of time in her kitchen, cooking for her husband and kids, and for her job as founder of blog Stay at Home Mum. We asked Jody to share her tips on feeding picky kids plus keeping her kitchen organised and funcitonal.
What’s your signature dish?
My signature dish is Chicken Royale. My husband has actually given it the horrible name of ‘vomit chicken’ – but it is his favourite too. It is a baked chicken breast in a creamy garlic, bacon and mushroom sauce. I always serve it with hot chips and steamed vegetables. Every time I have a dinner party or friends over I cook this dish and it always goes down a treat. It is so rich though so I only cook it occasionally.
How do you get your kids to help you with the cooking? Do you have a meal that you love to cook together?
Oh yes, they are only young but I am teaching them how to chop veggies (with a small relatively blunt knife). They sit up on the island bench and we go through what we will be cooking and what they can do to help. They are both very fussy eaters, so I find that by getting them involved in the cooking process they are more likely to actually eat the food. Doesn’t always work but it is a start. We love to cook spaghetti bolognese together!
What are your top three tips for keeping the kitchen tidy and organised?
1) Take time to give your fridge and cupboard a quick tidy every week. I usually do this just before my shopping day. Doing it every week stops it from getting out of control and I can see what foods are nearing their expiration date so I can use them up.
2) I always make sure I go to bed with a clean kitchen, no matter how tired or cranky I am at night. There is nothing worse than waking up to a mess – it sets the tone for the entire day.
3) Have colour coded cloths for the different areas of your home. Yes it sounds anal, but I wash and re-use them regularly so I like to know I’m not wiping down my kitchen bench with the cloth that cleaned the bottom of my shower. Colour coding is a simple and effective way to keep areas tidy and hygienic.
What’s your advice for creating a functional kitchen on a budget?
My best advice is to know what you have, keep it organised and neat. I hate wasting food, and apparently most households bin up to 30% of the food they buy – that is outrageous! Knowing what you have in your fridge and cupboard and cooking to suit means everything is consumed. Organisation organisation organisation. I probably spend more time organising than cooking – but I can’t remember the last time food went in the bin!
How do you get your kids involved in the cooking? What are your tips for an organised kitchen?