I heart my timer

by SmithorJones on February 22, 2009

in Cooking, Cool Stuff, JonesGirl, WebStops


I don’t “wait well.” I think that’s one of the reasons knitting appeals to me so much. If I’m in a situation where I have to wait, I’m at least busy doing something I actually enjoy while I wait…and with knitting you also end up with something tangible to either gift or enjoy yourself.

Likewise, standing in the kitchen waiting for a pot to boil has never been one of my strong suits*.  However, I’m also pretty much ALSO known for going off to do something “while I wait” and then completely forgetting about the thing I’m waiting for…until the smoke starts wafting my direction or perhaps the smoke alarm goes off.  So, I got into the habit of setting the timer for five minute increments when I’m waiting for water to boil, and that annoying little sound going off in five minutes can then call me back from whatever other shiny thing has caught my attention to the business at hand.

The other thing I like about my timer – like this one shows – is the temperature probe for meats.  Just an added bonus to make sure the poultry’s well cooked.  This one has a little “pager” thingy that goes with it.  Apparently there are more people like me out there, and they have a tendency to wander even FARTHER away from the heating pot of water than I do (or else they host BBQ’s and this frees them from standing around the grill).

I also agree with Flylady’s claim that timers can actually help you stay organized and keep your house cleaner.  If you have a HUGE project – like a garage that has been in need of cleaning or a junk room that seems to daunting – just chop the task up into 15-minutes a day.  Set your timer for 15 minutes and then go in there and start “flinging” – weeding out things you can either donate to the local thrift store, throw away, or put away.  As soon as the timer goes off – you’re done that day.  Lather – rinse – repeat – and before you know it, the room or garage is clean as a whistle and you did it all with the help of your trusty timer.  Same principle can be applied to anything “big” – 15 minutes a day, or 15 minutes with a rest period in between and then anthoer 15 minutes will work for getting a big job accomplished in a day if you’ve got something that has to be done now and seems too daunting.

Whether it’s avoiding cooking disasters, getting the clothes out of the dryer before they wrinkle, or managing the messes – this little gadget is a nifty one to have.

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