Getting better organized in the kitchen feels like a daunting task. We’re so tempted to just jump right in to cooking that sometimes we forget how important it is to prep. To get better results, we’re taking on the challenge of mise en place.
What Does Mise en Place Mean?
Mise en place means “put in place”—it’s the idea of prepping all ingredients and organizing what you’ll need before you start cooking. Carrots, celery and onions are peeled and chopped. Liquids are poured into measuring cups and spices are measured out. When the work is put in upfront, the process of cooking is smoother and the end results are better.
Professional chefs swear by mise en place—it’s what makes it possible to serve 100 plates at once at a restaurant—and at OXO, we couldn’t agree more. We’re all about properly preparing when we take on a dish so the process is easier and the results are better. Here is our guide to mise en place like the pros:
Start By Reading the Recipe
Read the whole recipe first. Find out what ingredients you need from your cabinets and what you’ll need from the fridge. So many times we’ll catch ourselves skipping this step and then learning the meat was supposed to come to room temperature or a whole sauce is supposed to be made beforehand.
Find the Right Kitchen Tools
Chop Your Ingredients
Put Chopped Ingredient in a Bowl
Once an ingredient is chopped, add it to a bowl (keeping each ingredient separate). Keep clearing the cutting board so there is space to work.
Measure Out Spices into Bowls
Glass Prep Bowls can be used to hold smaller ingredients like spices, minced garlic and herbs. They’re handy and keep ingredients organized.
Ready Your Liquids
Prepare Your Sauces
Move it to a Sheet Pan for Easy Transportation
Et Voilà, You’re Ready to Cook
When all ingredients and equipment are in the right places, you’re ready to start cooking. Grab each ingredient as needed. We find the cooking process to be less stressful and we get better results—steaks cooked perfectly because you can focus on it and pasta cooked al dente since you can keep track of time.