Use a Timer: Kitchen Tip

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A kitchen timer can be used for lots of things.  You don’t have to restrict yourself to using it for how long food cooks.

If I had set a timer on Easter morning to remind me to turn the crock pot from high to low, the ham wouldn’t have been a little dry.

If I had used a timer to remind me to put the bread in the oven as soon as it preheated, I wouldn’t have ended up with bunny bread.

timerSometimes I use a timer to remind me to eat because I do better with small frequent meals, but when I get busy I forget to eat.

Sometimes I use a timer when I want to chill something quickly and I put it in the freezer.

There are all kinds of ways to use timers.  For what kinds of things do you use a timer?

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  1. says

    I am worthless without timers! Love that bunny bread. 😉 Hehe. A week ago my stove timer decided that it will stop at the 2-minute mark each time I use it. Yes, you read that right. Sometimes hours later, it will unstick and buzz, but most of the time, it just stays stuck. Bizarre. I keep forgetting and using the darned thing. So far I’ve overcooked, but not burned, several items. Am starting to use my handy portable timer instead, but the stove timer was so convenient. :-(


    • says

      Hi Shirley! Too bad about that timer. I am dependent on my stove timer. I do have a couple of portable ones which I like, but I am always leaving them in another room and then don’t have them in the kitchen when I need them.

  2. says

    I use my timer – the one on the microwave over the stove – all the time. I, of course, use it for baking and I always undertime something, just in case it takes less time to cook than the recipe states. Then I can add the amount it seems to need and check it again. I also use it to remind me to put leftovers away when they’ve cooled. I won’t eat something that’s sat out too long and don’t like to put it away when it’s steaming hot. (I really love how leftovers make another meal easy.) I’m a writer so I’ve even used it to remind me to get up and take a break (often a snack break.)

    • says

      I do the same as you and often undertime things so they don’t end up overdone. I like the idea of using it for putting left overs away. I would forget about them cooling if it weren’t for the fact that one of my kids has the chore of washing the pots and pans. He lets me know that he needs to get the dishes done. :)

  3. Jen says

    I use my timer to remind me to go check the laundry! Our apartment has machines in the basement so I can’t hear the buzzers! Also, for craft projects and a cleaning motivator (“Jen, just clean the kitchen until the timer goes off then go spend time with the hubby!”)

    • says

      Great ideas. My washer and dryer beep when they are finished and then that’s it. My stove timer will continue to go off every 15 seconds or so. That way if I’m not around to hear washer/dryer I will still be reminded. I have used the timer as you mentioned for cleaning and need to do that more. Thanks for your ideas.

  4. Terri says

    I have found that using a timer for boiling eggs is worth doing – from when you put the pan of cold water and eggs on the stove and turn on the burner. I know about how long it takes to bring water to a boil in a certain pan I use and to boil eggs, and I set it for 19 minutes to bring to boil and boil 10 minutes. If I forget to set the timer, and leave the water to start to boil and leave the room, there is no way to know how long the eggs have been boiling. I have more than one timer in my kitchen.

  5. Anne Marie says

    I set a timer when I turn on the garden sprinkler, that way it gets 10 minutes of water instead of drowning it and letting it run for an hour (or more). I have a small one that I can clip on my pocket, so the hose can run while I’m doing other outside chores.

  6. Cdnskmom says

    I use the timer for my kids, either to let them know how much time they have left on something they are enjoying, or to define how long they need to work on a task… the “five minute timer tasks”, ie sort through toys for 5 minutes, clean out your desk drawer for 5 minutes, etc. Timer tasks work great, often they will get going on something and even keep going if it’s not done! One 5 minute timer task a day, and it’s amazing how nice their rooms look!

  7. says

    I use a timer for pretty much everything – when to start cooking, when it should be done, etc. I’d be pretty useless without them!

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