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Do You Mise en Place?

Mise en place is a French culinary term that refers to the gathering and prepping of ingredients before starting the cooking process. It's standard practice in restaurant kitchens, but I'm wondering how many of you do it at home?

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I always do with a stir fry, but more often then not I grab ingredients and prep them when I need them.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
It depends on what I'm making. For stir-fry, I try to make sure everything is ready before I start, but for other things, I just kind of chop as I go. Usually I read through the recipe so I know when I'll need everything to be done.
Manoukia Manoukia 8 years
Depends on the food I'm preparing. If ingredients need to be put together quickly, I prepare everything in advance, if I'm making something like a stew, where timing is not essential, I don't. It's a great way to check though if I've got everything I need, especially if a recipe calls for ingredients like spices that I may have run out of without noticing.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
Far too many dishes...I prepare as I go.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 8 years
only when I'm cooking something very time sensitive like seafood.
Fitness Fitness 8 years
When I do manage to prepare all the ingredients ahead of time, I feel like I am a chef on a cooking show. My little kitchen fantasy.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i wish that i were organized enough to prepare in advance, but that's just too much for me. i'm one of those 'do it as it comes along' type cooks
sleepypie sleepypie 8 years
I usually like to do this, but sometimes when it's later in the evening I need to just start cooking right away.
emalove emalove 8 years
Oh yes...I need to have everything ready to go like this before I begin.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Yes and no. I love to cook :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, I do.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
I really enjoy prepping, but do it moreso if the recipe is labor intensive or if I am having a dinner party and need things done in advance so I can cook very fast. I have also done it to teach someone how to make a recipe.
smaine07 smaine07 8 years
Not usually.. I am a multi-tasker and don't like dirty dishes!!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I said yes but I usually prep the stuff that goes into the pan first and then do the rest on the fly. I never use prep bowls...I just make piles on my cutting board.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Depends. I usually try to get everything together, but the prep can go either way.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Sometimes, it depends on the recipe and my mood.
Frika Frika 8 years
i do sometimes...usually when i have extra time earlier and want dinner at a specific time, say 15 minutes after my hubby gets home, i might prep earlier so that when i know he'll be heading home i can start and not waste time. OR when i'm having company, makes it MUCH easier
hkdkat hkdkat 8 years
I always get all of my ingredients out first but I can chop something while something else is boiling or what not. I just don't want to waste all those bowls and have to wash them later and I don't have enough measuring cups and what not to lay them all out in those.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
For me it depends on the recipe. I really enjoy the process of chopping and organizing, so sometimes I like to do it. Obviously I did it when I was making manchego pizza.
jhig jhig 8 years
No.It's a waste of time. Don't like doing all thos dishes afterwards.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Yes, for certain things..
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I find it easier to just have everything ready and then cook instead of trying to prep while cooking.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Totally off-base, but is this just a picture of random things in bowls or is something being put together? I am trying to figure it out (maybe shrimp ceasar salad?)
CestlavieSJP CestlavieSJP 8 years
I totally do! It helps to be organized prior to starting to cook in case something cooks faster/slower than you anticipate. As a side note Mise en Place is also a fabulous restaurant in Tampa, FL! If you're in the area, check them out the food is AMAZING and the staff is some of the smartest foodies/winos you'll meet. :) Here is the website:
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Only when I make stir fry.
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