There are few things in life that satisfy more than sitting down to a home-cooked meal. And it’s even more rewarding when you’re the chef. Eating in is typically healthier for our waistlines and our wallets, but we often don’t have the time to play Julia Child when we factor in all the other commitments we have in a day. Fret not, foodie friends! This amazing infographic from Heiton Buckley features 13 hacks that will have you spending less time in the kitchen and more time savoring the meals you’ve created.


Utilize that freezer! When it comes to saving time in the kitchen, the freezer is your BFF. Whether you are prepping ahead of time, portioning out your leftovers or creating instant seasoning for future recipes, the freezer will greatly extend the shelf life of your food. On those days when it’s too hot and/or it seems like there is no time, you’ll be grateful for your pre-made frozen meals.


Many kitchen gadgets may seem like a waste of counter space, but you can hack lots of these multipurpose tools for other ingenious uses: You can use your cheese greater to break up chilled butter, your plastic storage lids as cutting guides and your egg slicer as a veggie chopper. The best part? It cuts down on that dreaded dish washing time. And if you are still frustrated with juggling all those ingredients and cook times, you can also cut down on your prep and cook time by boiling many of your vegetables ahead of time. With a little out-of-the-box thinking and pre-prep, your weeknight meals can be more about eating and less about hangry stressing in the kitchen.

What’s your favorite kitchen hack? Tell us in the comments.

(h/t Heiton Buckley)