Cooking Prep Checklist for Recipe Success


The simple solution to avoid unexpected hiccups in the kitchen.

Checklist to avoid common cooking hiccups when preparing a recipe.

Have you ever been mid-way through a recipe and noticed that you mistakenly missed an ingredient or skipped a step? 🤔

Airline pilots use a checklist to ensure there is less chance we have to scream in terror at any point during our flight.

A cooking prep checklist accomplishes the same goal: a zen-like journey towards delicious eats!

Things To Include On Your Cooking Prep Checklist

Pre-Cooking Check

Counter-top and stove-top clutter-free – attempting to cook around the clutter is like trying to move heavy furniture are shoes on the flour

“Do your best” approach – aiming to create an exact replica of a photo-shopped picture isn’t worth the stress.

Kitchen bar mop available to wipe countertops – to reduce use of paper towels and be nice to trees. 🌲

Before Turning On The Heat

Read recipe from beginning to end – to avoid surprises.

Cooking tools within reach or easy to access – because searching during cooking is no fun.

✅ Ingredients gathered – hint: use your baking sheet.

✅ Substitutes ready – if necessary.

Ingredients sliced, diced, chopped, measured and opened – before turning on the heat.

To Double Check While Cooking

✅ ✅ Timer set to keep track of cooking time – so food isn’t under or over cooked.

✅ ✅ Familiar with contents inside the guide below 👇to adjust seasoning and flavors as necessary.

✅ ✅ Ingredients stored after using – to keep clutter, and clean-up afterwards – to a minimum

Want a version of this checklist to download (and get 4 more important items to check)? Consider sampling our Flavor Updates and we’ll send it to you as a way of saying thanks!


Get the inside scoop on how those people you know, know just what to add to make food taste extra delicious.

You also get a Free Cup Of Recipes and the printable Cooking Checklist! It’s our way of saying thanks for sampling our Flavor Updates.

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Brent Garell testing the food at College Recipe Cafe

Hi I’m Brent. Thanks for visiting the Café! If you are ever short on easy recipe ideas (and cash flow) feel free to check out the Cafe’s e-cookbook 15-Minute Money Saving Meals for Students: – costs less than an avocado bagel and coffee combo!

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