No one wants to be in a messy kitchen. If your entire workspace is cluttered and you do not have any space to move around while inside your kitchen, you would never want to go in there.
Your kitchen should be an enjoyable space. It should be inviting, cozy and neat so you want to come in there and cook. There are a few ways to make that happen. All your utensils should have an easily accessible, but separate space, while your storage must be simple and economical. To help you with exactly that, we will provide you with these three extremely helpful steps that will enable you to set up your kitchen in the best way possible.
Firstly, what we need to make sure of is that all our kitchen counters are cleared of large, dirty dishes. Our counters should only have the crucial essentials, such as drying mats for our washed dishes and thermometers etcetera.
Another useful tip would be keeping your cutting board near your stove. This is a good idea as most of our meal prep is performed on the board and goes straight into pots and pans. Hence, it would also be helpful to keep those pots and pans used regularly in large drawers below or beside the stove. This will allow them to be easily accessible and not take up any visible space.
Use drawer organizers for spoons, forks, knives, and other small utensils. These objects do not take a lot of space but the problem is that they get easily mixed up. Therefore, we must give each utensil its own space, to avoid any cluttering.
Plates, teacups, coffee mugs, and other easily breakable items, can be stored on the top shelves of the kitchen. This would keep them out of the reach of children and avoid unnecessary contact with them. They would also be away from all the mess that is made in the kitchen, while cooking, and hence would be away from extra stains and such.
You can buy magnetic wall hangers for your knives. This will keep them sharp, away from moisture, and allow them to be reachable almost instantaneously. However, purchasing a metal, welded hanger is not a bad idea either. However, make sure you are doing good research when purchasing such items as they may be pricey because of the welding robots’ cost and other machinery used in the process.
Items in our refrigerators are usually cluttered beyond imagination. We mostly tend to shove our groceries in without regard to proper organization and storage. However, to optimally use the fridge shelves, we need to put some thought (and money) into it.
For small items such as cut fruit, you can purchase 8-16 ounce reusable and recyclable containers. This will allow you to store your fruits for a longer time as most are air-tight. Furthermore, they are easy to clean and store so you will not have to go through a lot of hassle. Other big pieces of fruit like a watermelon slice, use plastic wrap to store it without letting the slice lose its freshness.
For larger, uncut fruits, divide them into two groups. One of them should be those fruits that do not have a strong odor. These can be stored with other items. The other group, however, should consist of strong odored fruits. Use a single storage bin for these as they might release their odor and ruin other items in the fridge as well. Similarly, you can sort out your vegetables and put them in the fridge as well to maximize their freshness.
For liquids, such as homemade sauces or juices, you should opt for something easy to handle, cheap, and easy to store as well. A solution to this would be squeeze pouches. However, make sure you pick the best ones. Signs of a reliable squeeze pouch supplier include the usage of good raw material, strong and durable pouches, economical, and easy to buy.
To utilize other spaces in the refrigerator like the side holders, stack them up with sauce bottles, boxed juices, drinks and use the top shelf to neatly arrange your eggs. Meat and other frozen edibles such as ready-to-go products should be stacked in the fridge. Make sure to not get too much stuff as it might get spoiled and make your fridge messier than it is supposed to be.
Store easily perishable items such as bread, burger buns, and tortilla wraps in one place, where they can be easily accessed for daily use. Similar to the knife hanger, a paper towel hanger would be of great use as well. It will allow you to get paper towels easily without many handling issues.
Pasta and flour-based food items can be placed on an empty top shelf. These items can be stored for a long time, therefore, a higher place will allow them to be in our sight, but at the same time keep them away from moisture.
Similarly, spices should be stored in translucent containers so they can be distinguished easily. Store them in a drawer as they need to be protected by strong heat, sunlight, and moisture.
To be able to enjoy cooking, you need your kitchen to be an exciting place. However, it is up to your efforts to add that “joy” to your cooking. In the above-mentioned steps, you would be able to transform your kitchen into a neat, tidy space. Moreover, you can let your creativity run wild and make numerous more stylistic changes. Create a kitchen you would want to go back to again and again.