Everyone needs a little self-improvement, right? That’s why I’ve set a personal challenge for the month of July to tweak here and there areas in my life that need some extra attention. Nothing radical mind you. Just little things I can do to bring more clarity, more joy, and more vitality to improve my daily routine.
Day 3: Work Smarter
My problem: When it comes to working in the kitchen, most of the time, I take the long way in getting things done. While I have amassed plenty of tools to simplify food preparation over the years, I still will just go the old fashioned route of chopping, peeling, shredding by hand instead of make use of the handy tools I have laying around in my drawers and cupboards. For some reason, I’ve convinced myself that it isn’t worth the bother to hunt down those handy gadgets. The time I would have spent relearning how to use said gadgets would have taken more time than all that prep work by hand. Silly me.
My goal: Save time, energy, and work smarter by using handy kitchen tools
My plan: Purposely find and use kitchen gadgets to work smarter in the kitchen.
Let’s start with chopping. I HATE CHOPPING. My knives are never sharp enough. My hands and wrists start hurting when I’ve been going at it too long. I loose patience. Consequently, my chopping ends up more like chunking. I roll my eyes when I see recipes that say chop finely because I know my end result will be small chunks.
That is why I was THRILLED to come across this Chopper by OXO Good Grips. It chops onions (no more crying), vegetables, herbs, nuts and more. You can either chop into to the attachable measuring cup or with larger items, on a cutting board. And after you’ve chopped, you can store the food right in the enclosed measuring cup using the storage lid that comes with it. Work smarter indeed.
I found this tool on a great new web site: Boom Shop. Boom Shop was created with Baby Boomers in mind and is all about working smarter. They offer products that make life easy and more comfortable, all with great style.They offer a wide arrange of product categories especially useful for Baby Boomers: At Home, Kitchen, Health & Wellness, Vision, Fitness and Recreation, Intimacy, Sleep Science, and On The Go. I especially love how everything offered on their site includes an explanation on how it benefits the boomer generation.
For instance, with the OXO Chopper, it says, “Chopping small ingredients like onions, garlic, ginger, and nuts can be one of the most inconvenient kitchen tasks, which is why we fell for this gadget the first time we tested it. You can simply press the soft knob to start chopping—and because the whole device is dishwasher safe, you’ll save time in both cooking and cleaning up.” Everything I was looking for with my Work Smarter goal.
Boom Shop asked me to try their web site to see if I could recommend it to my readers. They gave me a gift certificate to use to buy some products and try out their service. I found the OXO Chopper and filled out the easy order form. It was shipped within 24 hours of my ordering and the chopper arrived on my doorstep just a few days later. They also included a free gift with the chopper!!! (Don’t you just love extra surprises?!) I was totally impressed.
Now, what to try the chopper out on? A great summer dish — perfect for potlucks and large gatherings –is potato salad. Could there be anything that has more chopping than potato salad? So, why not try out the chopper using my mother-in-law’s potato salad recipe — the yummiest potato salad on this planet.
4-6 Potatoes Boil until soft. Cool. Peel. Cube
Celery, Onion, Green Pepper Chop
Hard Boiled Eggs After cooked and cooled, chop
3 heaping tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2-3 BIG squeezes of yellow mustard
Mayonnaise (always use low-fat)
Now the key to this potato salad is the salt and pepper. The ratio is 2 times the amount of pepper to salt — and LOTS of it. This recipe requires taste testing as you add the salt and pepper. Refrigerate a couple of hours before serving.
How did the OXO Chopper do in helping me to work smarter?
I washed the veggies first, then prepared for chopping (seeded the bell pepper; took the skins off the onion; de-stringed the celery) First, I chopped the bell pepper. It worked well as long as I didn’t put too much in the jar at a time.
The key to the chopper was to do slow pushes. When I tried to push fast, the food would get stuck. The little spoon that comes with it is very helpful in getting the food out of the container. Less waste. Physically, my shoulder got a little sore but I think that was because I was pushing too hard and fast at first. Final result: a great alternative to chopping by hand.
Day 3: Work smarter
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