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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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Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/30/2011 7:57 AM EDT
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Gale - great suggestions..  My Mom taught  me to clean up as I went along  as I cooked or baked -  surely saves having a big mess at the end.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/30/2011 8:41 AM EDT
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I try to prep befoe and I also wash up too less to do after I bake.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/30/2011 9:25 AM EDT
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I always, always, always prep ahead!!! If I have a big day of baking coming up the night before I get every thing out, measured, and ready to go!!  My husband is the best sous chef on the planet and if he is home while I am baking/cooking he stays right behind me so that I don't have to stop to clean up or grab the eggs etc.!!  Laughing

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/30/2011 11:13 AM EDT
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I wish I could do that     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 ...........................................
Posted by Nancy G


Exactly!!!!

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/30/2011 12:53 PM EDT
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When I'm going to be baking a LOT of cookies I do all the prep in one day --- all measuring, mixing and messing in one day.  Then I clean - everything is clean, put away and the kitchen is spotless. 
All the dough is rolled into long, skinny logs, wrapped in plastic wrap in the 'fridge .... waiting for baking the next day.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/30/2011 3:53 PM EDT
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Nancy - That's a great way to get your exercise workout!!!

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/30/2011 5:35 PM EDT
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hee hee  ----- Verlee, then I just gotta' start baking MORE cookies.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/31/2011 6:27 PM EDT
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In Response to Doing things ahead.:
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.
Posted by gale g


I think being the sous chef is the best part. My friend and I cooks together alot. I watch the food channel often so we will get in the kitchen and recreate what we saw. She is always the main cook and I am her sous chef. Having everything prepped and ready makes the meal so much easier. Lately she screams where is my sous chef. Somewhere reading recipes trying to learn how to bake cakes, cookies, and pies.Cool

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 5/31/2011 11:00 PM EDT
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Gale:  I do pretty much the same thing.  I arrange my grocery list according to the store aisles.  I put a C by what I have coupons for and put them in an envelope.  I bring a blank empty envelope with me and as I purchase the product I move the coupon to the empty envelope.  In this way I am certain that I have purchased the product because sometimes they are out of a certain product or I find out they don't carry it (this happens with some of the free coupons I've had).

I went shopping today and I had a 5% of the total order from the grocery store and several free coupons.  Made me real happy.  I also had quite a few other coupons, which they double up to 99 Cents.  Try to save as much as I can every time I go shopping.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 6/1/2011 1:29 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Doing things ahead.:
I always, always, always prep ahead!!! If I have a big day of baking coming up the night before I get every thing out, measured, and ready to go!!  My husband is the best sous chef on the planet and if he is home while I am baking/cooking he stays right behind me so that I don't have to stop to clean up or grab the eggs etc.!! 
Posted by Renee C


Renee,  Wow! How wonderful to have a husband like that. Did you have to train him or was he alway like
that? I have tried to train mine but it hasan't worked!! lol lol I really love him but he leaves a trail from one
end of the house to the other.  He really loves to eat whatever make!!  lol lol

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 6/1/2011 8:58 AM EDT
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I always do things ahead it makes it so much sinple

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 6/1/2011 9:12 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Doing things ahead. : Renee,  Wow! How wonderful to have a husband like that. Did you have to train him or was he alway like that? I have tried to train mine but it hasan't worked!! lol lol I really love him but he leaves a trail from one end of the house to the other.  He really loves to eat whatever make!!  lol lol
Posted by Carol P


Thank you!!  My hubby is definitely a keeper!! He is at ease in the kitchen and after some trial and error over the years we pretty much have a great system down.  We just came back from Kansas where we prepared, cooked/baked, served and cleaned up for my sister's youngest's high school graduation and her oldest's college graduation. We worked seamlessly in a kitchen that was strange to him (I was there for 7 weeks last year so I knew my way around) and all went smoothly. The 5 P's came into play once again....Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance!! Laughing

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 6/1/2011 6:19 PM EDT
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Renee,  I love the 5 P's and am glad everything went smoothly in Kansas. The only thing my
husband makes in the kitchen is hot carrots and I do the cleanup!!! lol lol  He is really awesome
at grilling and using the smoker.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 6/6/2011 11:26 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
Posted by Nancy G


I don't see why you couldn't Nancy as long as you aren't leaving it for any length of time,the cabinet should be fine..If you are putting the ingredients in a zip lock bag make sure you get as much air out as possible,and it will also lay flatter.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 8/29/2011 8:39 PM EDT
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Gale is always giving us new ideas .... May God bless her.
Posted by Nancy G


i do that sometimes amazingly easy!

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 8/30/2011 7:53 PM EDT
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I often place all my dry ingredients in a zip top bag or bowl with a tight fitting lid. I then place other ingredients in another bowl depending on how they will be mixed.
In the case of my pumpkin bread I will place the pumpkin puree and all the spices together and refrigerate them over night to allow the flavors to "bloom"
I find it so much easier to have the items ready. Now that I have my grandson helping more often I have him measure out a lot of the ingredients one day and we will make the item the next day.  He gets a math lesson and learns how important it is to make sure all the ingredients are ready. There have been a few times when I have had to make a run to the store the next day to get something that we found we were out of.  I have it ready when he comes over to make what ever it is we are making.
Clean up is so much easier when you are organized as well.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 9/4/2011 7:53 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Doing things ahead.:
I often place all my dry ingredients in a zip top bag or bowl with a tight fitting lid. I then place other ingredients in another bowl depending on how they will be mixed. In the case of my pumpkin bread I will place the pumpkin puree and all the spices together and refrigerate them over night to allow the flavors to "bloom" I find it so much easier to have the items ready. Now that I have my grandson helping more often I have him measure out a lot of the ingredients one day and we will make the item the next day.  He gets a math lesson and learns how important it is to make sure all the ingredients are ready. There have been a few times when I have had to make a run to the store the next day to get something that we found we were out of.  I have it ready when he comes over to make what ever it is we are making. Clean up is so much easier when you are organized as well.
Posted by nikki p


You are so right,your Grandson is learning and will have memories all his life of your time together in the kitchen.One day soon he will surprise you with one of his creations that he made all by himself.

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 9/24/2011 10:28 AM EDT
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Gale, just yesterday, while waiting for the school bus my grandson said he wanted to make chicken noodle soup for dinner.  Well his mom sent me a text and asked if we wanted to go out for dinner.  Since she mentioned a place my grandson likes I said sure.  When he got home he said he didn't want to go out.  So we made Mac-n-Cheese..I said he could have had the mac n cheese at the restaurant but he said it would not have had the "secret" ingredient nor would it have had the 3 cheeses we added.  He said making things at home lets you make it your own and do what you want with a recipe. That is from a 9 year old!

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 9/24/2011 2:23 PM EDT
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Great ideas keep up all thge ways to save time I use some of them and have learned some new ones

Re: Doing things ahead.

posted at 9/24/2011 2:23 PM EDT
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This is from a FORTUNATE 9 year old!
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