Save Time in the Kitchen With Measuring Tools

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Need to save time in the kitchen?  Who doesn’t?

If you are like me, you have too much to do everyday and not enough time to do it.

And, if you are like me and trying to do the real foodie thing, then your kitchen can use all the time-saving tips that you can find.

So when I find a way to save time in the kitchen, I am all over it.

I am even willing to spend extra money in order to save time (after all, time is money, right?

Well, today I have a tip for you that will save you time and won’t set your budget back much at all. In fact, maybe not at all.

And boy, is it simple.

One of my pet peeves in the kitchen is washing dishes.  And one of the things that I least like washing is measuring cups and spoons.  Especially when I am doing it over and over and over again.  And especially when there is a lot of fine powdery or oily stuff on it.

Well, here is my tip.

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Save Time in the Kitchen with Measuring Tools

Buy a lot (and I mean, a lot) of measuring spoons and cups, and put them in the containers of things that you use regularly or that are particularly messy.

You will save time in two ways:

1.  For items that you use regularly (like organic popcorn, in our home), you don’t need to keep going to the cabinet where the measuring cups are to find the 1/2 cup measure.

2.  For items that are particularly messy, you will save time by not having to wash the measuring cups over and over again.

3.  And, for messy items that you use regularly (like homemade egg replacer (post to follow in the near future), carob, spices like my homemade vegetable broth, and coconut oil), you will save time both ways :-)!

What size cup or spoon should you use for each container? Well, the one that matches the amount of each item that you typically use.  For example, I use:

Measure Organic popcorn

1/2 cup in our organic popcorn

Carob Powder Storage

1 tablespoon in carob powder

Homemade Vegetable Boullion Mix

1 tablespoon in my Homemade Vegetable Broth

Store Salt / Store RealSalt

1/2 teaspoon in our Real Salt

Where to buy measuring cups and spoons? Well, how about this large lot on Amazon, dollar stores, thrift stores — and well, garage sale season is right around the corner! If you need lots of one particular size, then garage sales might just be the way to go. If the size doesn’t matter for your use, then one or two big sets would work great.

Interested in more ways to save time?  Check out my post on Saving Time in the Kitchen – Baking in Bulk.

Now that you’ve saved some time — you can go do something else more rewarding than washing utensils.  Play with your kids, write a letter (does anyone do that anymore?), work on photo albums (I need to do that), or invite someone over to your home and practice hospitality.   Every bit of saved time helps :-).

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  1. That would be oatmeal, brown sugar, coffee at my house. Thanks for linking up to my Organizing link party!

  2. Great post! I’ve done this with some things already…and thrift stores and yard sales are great places to find extra measuring cups or spoons. I recently picked up a set to use specifically when making and using my homemade cleaners. 🙂

  3. agreeing with everything you wrote! found you at alea’s premeditated leftovers blog hop.

  4. Oh yeah, I think the amazon idea is great. I hate it when I can’t find what I need at the thrift store. I’ve been looking for a tea pot lately to put my indoor herbs in and I haven’t been able to find any haha…

    As for the glycerin, I have a ton of glycerin bars that someone gave us but I can’t stand them because they don’t sud very easily. I just want to mix it with water and make some liquid glycerin soap! =) I’m really curious about why you don’t make laundry soap, I will be eagerly waiting for that post. Especially because it is something I’ve been considering lately!

  5. Buying items like this at the thrift store is such a better idea. I needed another cheese grater to make glycerin soap shavings (I didn’t want to ruin the one I had) but cheese graters are $15-$30! I went to a SPCA thrift store yesterday and got one for $0.50!

    1. I completely agree with you that thrift stores are a great money saving option! And when you are grating soap, the taste is really hard to get out (if not inpossible)! I just like to give the Amazon option as well, because sometimes what you want might not be at the thrift store. And for me, the mold in a lot of them can send me into an allergy attack :-(. I am going to do a post on why I don’t make laundry soap soon, so stay tuned!

  6. I do the same thing! A TB in my coffee can, a 1/4 cup in my popcorn, 1/2 cup in the oatmeal and so on.

  7. This is a great post. I have done this for years. I pick up sets or singles at thrift stores for this purpose. I keep a couple full sets in a drawer, a full set in each of my types of flours I use regularly and then, like you, the most common one I use for each type. I also have lots of little “scoops” for stuff I may not measure exactly, like raisens. I does make things go faster. Makes it easier with kids helping too. 🙂