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FAQ -- Kitchen work zones – what are they?

Buehl
January 24, 2016
last modified: January 24, 2016

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Kitchen work zones, what are they?

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"Zones" are
areas in your kitchen where the work occurs. Work in the kitchen is broken down
into three primary work zones. Everyone
has these three zones, everyone!

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Prep Zone...This is the zone where food prep takes place. Food prep can be anything from making a
sandwich to preparing a multi-course meal. It includes cleaning/rinsing food, cutting,
mixing, processing, etc. For many
people, especially those with small kitchens, their Prep Zone is also their
Baking Center for rolling out dough, etc. 70%
or more of the work and time spent in the kitchen is spent prepping
. It's the most often used zone in your kitchen
– and you spend the most time in this zone.
(That's why it makes the most sense to put the Prep Zone in the most
pleasant spot in your kitchen.)

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Cooking Zone...This is the zone where you take the food you've already prepped
and apply heat...cooktop, oven, MW. Only 10% of the work and time spent in the
kitchen is spent actually cooking
– including stirring, adding ingredients,
and watching food cook. This is the
least used Zone, relatively speaking. Think
about it, you usually don't spend the entire time standing in front of your
oven or cooktop watching it cook. Sure,
there are some things that do have to be stirred constantly, but most things do
not. Even if they do, you usually still
spend more time prepping before you begin cooking.

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Cleanup Zone...This is the zone where the dirty dishes and general cleanup are
handled! Clearing the table, wiping down
counters, loading the DW, and unloading the DW.
20% or less of the work and time
spent in the kitchen is spent cleaning up.

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