As in: The whisk that’s nowhere to be found when the béarnaise begins to boil.
Keep utensils within reach. “Mise en place―a French term they beat into your head in culinary school―means ‘everything in its right place,’ ” says Elliot. “So all your utensils should be within arm’s reach.” Elliot keeps a ceramic vase next to the stove for his wooden spoons, tongs, and spatulas. He also added hooks to the pot rack: “I store all my ladles and large slotted spoons there.” If you don’t have space for a pot rack, consider attaching a metal paper-towel rod under your cabinets and hanging utensils on it. Megan Reardon, creator of the organizing blog notmartha.org, installed two 11-inch metal kitchen-cabinet handles ($7 for two, ikea.com) to hang implements from.