As is always the case this time of year, we find ourselves facing a good news/bad news situation. The good news: The sun will be out later, and the gloom of winter nights are behind us.
The bad news: We’re losing an hour.
Restaurant owners and operators are some of the busiest people around, so the loss of even one hour can hit hard. To help alleviate the stress and compensate for the shortened weekend ahead, here are some time-saving tips you may want to try in your kitchen.
- Get Organized. We’re putting this one right up front because in our eyes, it’s the most important. Configure your kitchen carefully and ensure you know where everything is. Streamlining the layout of your kitchen will make your entire process that much easier.
- Clean As You Go. This tip affects not only your schedule, but health and safety as well. Have a plan in place to keep things clean while you’re cooking so you don’t find yourself facing an overwhelming mop-up job at the end of the night.
- Don’t Bother Peeling. Not only is it perfectly safe to eat the skins of many produce items we’re in the habit of peeling, it’s actually nutritious to do so! Look into which items you can serve skin-on and save yourself the hassle.
- Develop Good Knife Skills. Chopping is both faster and safer when you know how to properly handle a blade – and the quality of the food comes out better, too!