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I have, more than once, started a recipe — like, properly started, as in, bought the ingredients and started preparing them — only to realize that that there was some prohibitive step tucked in toward the end. Like, "Marinate chicken for four hours" or "Let stand overnight."
When I started actually paying attention to mise en place — French for "putting everything in its place" or "just chop everything first, dummy!" (loosely translated) — cooking became a less harried, profanity-laced affair.
You know how when you watch a Tasty video, all the ingredients are pre-portioned in bowls, so when the time comes to add them, all you have to do is upend a bowl?
Get a set of three clear glass bowls from Tasty's collection for Walmart for $6.97 (available in-store only), a set of 10 clear glass bowls from Walmart for $15.87, a set of four storage bowls with lids from Amazon for $23.99, or a set of five measuring prep bowls from Sur La Table for $13.