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How to Spend Less Time in the Kitchen

  • Double the recipes for soups, stews and casseroles. Freeze and store leftovers for later use.

  • Spray knives with nonstick cooking spray before chopping raisins, dates and other sticky food.

  • Clean counter tops, pots and pans as you go.

  • Store dishes and silverware near the dishwasher for faster unloading.

  • Start a file of meals you can prepare in 30 minutes or less.

  • Use a seam ripper to open plastic bags and packages.