There is a French term, mise en place (pronounced MEEZ ahn plahs) which means to put in place. That means having all your ingredients prepared and completely ready to go before you begin cooking. The more complicated the recipe the more you need mise en place! Otherwise, you’re bound to forget an ingredient or two. Most home cooks either don’t know about this practice or don’t realize why it will help. Think about the number of times you thought you could get this and that chopped and prepped while this is sautéing in the pan and then the phone rings and the chopping takes longer than you thought and now the item you were sautéing is crusty brown! Prep bowls are the answer. A Stylish Kitchen won’t cook without them.
It is simple; you pull together all your ingredients and put them in place – hence, mise en place. Check your recipe for the ingredients you need. Pull everything together on the counter and begin your prep. Use your prep bowls to place your ingredients in to have them ready to go. Have you ever watched Rachel Ray? She always starts by pulling all the ingredients together and then begins to prepare the meal and she always has a garbage bowl handy. All the chefs do this. Prep bowls may give you a few more dishes to wash but they’ll make cooking easier and less stressful, besides you cooked – shouldn’t someone else clean up?!