Having a weekly kitchen prep list has become an indispensable tool in my kitchen. Since I cook just about everything from scratch, not to mention I make fermented foods like yogurt and kombucha, I need to do certain tasks weekly with some tasks spread out over several days.
Keeping a list reminds me about the tasks that take a longer period of time. My list also helps me save money by staying on top of other basic tasks like bread making, ensuring that we don’t run out of bread. Other tasks like cutting up vegetables in a batch save time when preparing weeknight dinners.
The Weekly Kitchen Prep List
Each kitchen will vary, though if you spend time cooking from scratch, many of the tasks below are sure to end up on your list, too.
- Bread – we go through at least 6 loaves of bread weekly for a family of 7. I am still working on a routine for my sourdough bread.
- Yogurt – 1 to 2 batches weekly
- Chicken stock/broth
- Kombucha – this is a 4 day process for me
- garlic, onion, and carrot prep – These vegetables will keep well when cut up. I keep mine in glass containers in the vegetable drawer.
- Refill flour, pasta, and coffee containers
- Make bread crumbs
- Shred cheese
- Homemade snacks – I bake at least 2 snacks weekly
- Smoothies – I’m more successful at serving smoothies at breakfast when I’ve put the frozen ingredients together the night before.
How to Keep a List
When I first started doing a weekly list, I included it on my paper version of a weekly menu plan. If you’re not particular about assigning days, you could include a list on one side of the menu plan. I find it more helpful for my work flow to assign tasks to certain days. On days that I have lunch duty at school, I don’t bake anything. However, it’s easy to spend 5 minutes starting kombucha or chopping up garlic.
Since I switched over to using Evernote this summer (and Springpad which I stopped using), I have a weekly prep list in my Kitchen Notebook. Each week, I assign a day to the tasks and put the date after the task. Conversely, I could group the tasks by day in my list though I’m happy with my current method. Other people using Google calendar to assign tasks to different days. The beauty of Google is that you can create repeating tasks daily, weekly, or bi-weekly depending upon your work flow.
Do you have a running list of tasks for the kitchen and how do you manage them?
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