Food processors make quick work of tedious jobs. But time is lost when you must stop to rinse and dry the bowl between each step.

That's reason enough to grind all the dry ingredients first, then work your way up to the messiest liquids.Along the way you will find you can skip some of the otherwise necessary stops to wash and dry.

- DON'T TAKE UP TIME sorting through stacks of wobbly cans for a tiny can of pimientos or anchovies. Purchase a small plastic dishpan, put all tiny cans in it and place it back on a shelf within easy reach.

- A WIRE CHEESE CUTTER makes quick work of slicing refrigerator cookie dough, says Elizabeth Fitch of Mobile, Ala.