Cut your prep time in half with these tricks.
Does it take you twice as long to prepare a recipe as what it should? Somehow, that 15-minute prep time quickly becomes 30 (or 60!) minutes. It’s a common issue, especially for new cooks, or if you’re trying a new style of cooking.
To avoid kitchen chaos, chefs use a trick called “mise en place,” a French culinary term for getting everything in place and organized before you start cooking. This includes your cutting board, measuring cups, knives, ingredients, and any necessary gadgets or appliances like mandolins or food processors. Organize your prep area, and you’ll avoid searching or digging for items at the last second.
You can take this mis en place organization a step further: peel, chop, and measure all ingredients before letting anything hit the oven. By having all that diced onion and chopped parsley and filleted salmon ready to go, you won’t have to keep referring back to your cookbook. This saves major time, and also prevents you from accidentally ruining your food.
For mise en place success, have several small bowls to hold your measured ingredients. Consider having a large bowl on hand for storing food scraps and garbage while you prep cook. Fewer trips to the garbage are always a good thing!
Check out this video for even more tips on setting up a prep area at home.
Jason Fullilove is the executive chef/owner of Barbara Jean in Los Angeles, a modern take on globally inspired soul food with a focus on nutrition.
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Okay, so here's a tip for
when you're cooking at home, and
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you want to be more organized,
it's called Mise en Place.
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In restaurant slang it means,
getting your mess in place.
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So essentially everything you need for
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your dish you should have laid out in
the area you're gonna be cooking in.
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So you don't have to keep running back and
forth to your pantry,
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to your refrigerator,
and looking for things.
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Have everything you need for
the entire recipe ready to go.
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I like to have everything
measured out ahead of time, so
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I don't need to keep going back and
referencing my notes.
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You save yourself a lot of time and
a lot of energy,
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you're gonna be able to cook for
more, people more easily.
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