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When ever I have a lot of baking to do I become my own Sous chef:This saves on clean up and time:I measure all dry ingredients out and put in zip lock bags and label,most of it can then be put away an
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Doing things ahead.

posted at 11/15/2010 12:25 PM EST
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When ever I have a lot of baking to do I become my own Sous chef:This saves on clean up and time:I measure all dry ingredients out and put in zip lock bags and label,most of it can then be put away and that also gives you more working space.So on a day when you have extra time measure out your dry ingredients for cookies and cakes and enjoy the extra time with your family and friends.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 11/15/2010 12:47 PM EST
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Thank you gale  (How many times have I said that today?) 
That's an absolutely brilliant idea .... it's  part of my kitchen now!!

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 11/15/2010 2:18 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Doing things ahead.:
Thank you gale  (How many times have I said that today?)  That's an absolutely brilliant idea .... it's  part of my kitchen now!!
Posted by Nancy G


Oh your welcome Nancy,I've learned to do things out of necessity.I'm in a wheelchair and have always loved to cook and bake so I wanted to continue to do so. I had to come up with ways to make things easier on myself.My husband bought me a new stove last year and it is wonderful.The controls for the oven are on the back of the stove and hard to reach,It's like the micro wave with the touch screen.When I'm cooking on the stove and baking at the same time like I usually am it's a little difficult to reach back there,so I bought myself a dowel rod and use that to turn the oven on and off.I'm always looking for new ideas to make life easier.I still need help with heavy things coming out of the oven and large pots of boiling water.I never thought that I would be canning again,never say never, and gave all my canning equipment to my brother so I have been borrowing it to make my jelly.Thank God for my son who helps me with the sterilizing and hot water bath for the canning :) If there is a will there is a way.If anyone has suggestions please feel free to let me know.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 11/22/2010 9:18 AM EST
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  I try to do some things ahead.  My Mom always said clean up as you go.  Saves a big mess at the end.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/23/2011 7:56 AM EDT
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Pre making up ingredients sounds like a wonderful time saver to me.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/23/2011 10:07 AM EDT
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Gale is always giving us new ideas .... May God bless her.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/23/2011 2:31 PM EDT
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Awesome idea.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/23/2011 3:12 PM EDT
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I always do as much prep work ahead of time as I can, especially when I'm preparing a big meal. I find it takes a lot of stress out of the occasion. It's also a good opportunity to make sure all the ingredients needed are in-house!

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/23/2011 10:32 PM EDT
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Many many moons ago I started doing what Gale posted. I did not have zip lock bags, but had a lot of tupperware & masking tape. When I got a bread maker, I would measure & bag the bread flour & the instant milk & store in Tupperware. When the kids were in school (I was room mother for both) & would announce cookies were needed THAT day, I would go to my stash in the freezer ( I always baked extra when I made cookies). The cheap fold top baggies were & still are a big help to me, I would buy bags of pretzels, chips, snack crackers etc. & make up bags for days when they did not want to buy lunch & had a supply stored in the big green Tupperware bowl (I have Tupperware from my first party = Jan. 1968) & each kid took 2 bags of choice to add to the lunch.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/23/2011 11:40 PM EDT
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Good idea Gale.  I always try to prepare as much as I can ahead of time, too.  I also try to clean as I go along, especially on holidays.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/24/2011 8:27 AM EDT
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great idea, thanks for sharing. Have any others, love to learn new tips and tricks!

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/24/2011 1:52 PM EDT
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Hey Gale  --- When I'm measuring and storing dry stuff ahead of time - can I include the stuff like Baking Powder?  Does that stay fresh enough long enough?   Do I toss the bag in the freezer or the kitchen cabinet?
TIA

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/24/2011 1:55 PM EDT
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When I make out my shopping list for the week,I put on there what I need of course and any coupon items on sale.I either put them in an envelope with the items written on the envelope and the coupons in the envelope,or a list and the coupons clipped on front with a big chip clip.I don't always get to the store if the weather is bad,then my son and husband go.I arrange the list and the coupons according to the store layout,starting in produce and ending in the dairy,that way there is no back tracking.It takes up a lot less time.Then we quickly go though the coupons and pull out anything that wasn't bought.We then go through the checkout and the items are in order according to the coupons,which makes it easier for the cashier,again saving time and the cashiers really do appreciate this.Then off we go!I leave my cloth grocery bags in the car that way they are always there and ready to go.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/24/2011 6:26 PM EDT
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Gale,  Oh my gosh!!!  I do the same thing! I finally am used to our Super Walmart and
all the aisles! I do the shopping and it makes it much faster if you have the coupons
in order! With free items, I set the coupon right with the product for the cashier. They
really do like when you do that. I go early in the morning so that aren't so many people
and I whip right thru and am out quickly!  I also have my cloth bags in the car. I also use
the bags to load groceries into the motorhome.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/24/2011 8:09 PM EDT
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Great ideas ladies!  I sometimes do the pre-measure and bag thing but not always.  I'll have to do more of that from now on since I find myself looking for things at the last minute.  Don't like having to stop what I'm doing to run to the store lol.

I also put the coupons with my list and in the order of the store layout.  It works great until the stores decide to re-do everything lol.  Used to be they just moved things from shelf to shelf,  lately they're moving entire aisles.

Thanks to Gale and all who posted these great tips.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/29/2011 8:14 PM EDT
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I love to do things ahead if possible.  It makes it easier when I'm doing the work and I am less stressed.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/29/2011 10:20 PM EDT
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I try to do whatever I can ahead of time.  Last night I made French toast to bake in the Morning after
Church.  Hubby put it in the oven while I put my feet up!

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/29/2011 10:35 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Doing things ahead.:
When I make out my shopping list for the week,I put on there what I need of course and any coupon items on sale.I either put them in an envelope with the items written on the envelope and the coupons in the envelope,or a list and the coupons clipped on front with a big chip clip.I don't always get to the store if the weather is bad,then my son and husband go.I arrange the list and the coupons according to the store layout,starting in produce and ending in the dairy,that way there is no back tracking.It takes up a lot less time.Then we quickly go though the coupons and pull out anything that wasn't bought.We then go through the checkout and the items are in order according to the coupons,which makes it easier for the cashier,again saving time and the cashiers really do appreciate this.Then off we go!I leave my cloth grocery bags in the car that way they are always there and ready to go.
Posted by gale g


Gale, you have just described EXACTLY how I grocery shop, except my husband would never attempt to go to the grocery store for me, much less use coupons!!! I can't believe there's someone else so organized!! How fun! I've been shopping this way for 40 years, and have always challenged myself to save 50% on the grocery bill by using coupons, sale items, and store discounts. And I get really ticked when they rearrange things in the aisles.Wink

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/29/2011 10:37 PM EDT
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Gale,  Oh my gosh!!!  I do the same thing! I finally am used to our Super Walmart and all the aisles! I do the shopping and it makes it much faster if you have the coupons in order! With free items, I set the coupon right with the product for the cashier. They really do like when you do that. I go early in the morning so that aren't so many people and I whip right thru and am out quickly!  I also have my cloth bags in the car. I also use the bags to load groceries into the motorhome.
Posted by Carol P


Great minds think alike!!!!!

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/30/2011 7:19 AM EDT
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I wish I could do that  Embarassed   I get into a store, realize I've forgotten my shopping list,  get to the far, far end of the giant place for bird food, stopping off in candy which leads me to office supplies - did I need some poster board? - finally find some bird seed and head for groceries - but while I'm passing I should look at the new T-shirts.
Finally I'm in groceries -- I need milk but as long as I'm here I might as well get some butter.  Ahhhh, now I can get those potato chips.
Oh, wait - I got bird seed but I was supposed to look for a new thistle feeder.  I'll just get back there by cutting through the plastic container aisles.  ooops - I really need one of those.  As long as I'm back in bird food I'll get some suet.
Back to groceries ...........................................
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