You give out a dinner invitation, and it whets your visitors’ appetite, and they gladly accept. Upon arrival at your house, they find the kitchen messy and uninviting. You were busy preparing them dinner and the place looks disorderly suitable dishwasher. You don’t want your visitors having a bad impression about you.
You need the right tips to help you make your kitchen efficient and welcoming. Here are a few things you can incorporate into your kitchen for an inviting look not only for your visitors but your peace of mind as well.
Use Tins and Label Them
To save on time and wastage of food, have transparent storage tins to pack your food and spices. When in a hurry, you may find yourself putting salt in tea instead of tea leaves. To avoid such a mess, store ingredients in transparent tins and label them clearly.
Get tins than can stack upon each other to maximize on cupboard space. Putting flours and hard cereals in tins also help preserve them and keep them free from pests. Arrange them attractively, preferably in an open cabinet and within arm’s reach. It is easier to top up on food supply as you can see any tin that is getting empty.
Make frequent clean-ups to empty the cupboard of tins without lids and those without contents. For tiny tins, store them in one large box to avoid them toppling over and scattering.
Buy the Right Appliances
The right devices in your kitchen can save you time and money. A refrigerator will help preserve food and reduce your visits to the grocery store. An oven with a self-timer will have your food ready as you get busy with other chores without fear of it burning.
Get a suitable dishwasher to ease the burden of work in your kitchen. Buy a dishwasher that offers superior cleaning, saves energy, and has a large capacity.
You can recolor your appliances too to come up with your favorite color. Over time the colors may peel off, scratch, or become dull; repainting them will make them new and attractive.
Keep the Kitchen Clean
Food handling in a clean environment makes it safe for consumption and ensures your kitchen is always tidy. Get all trash out of the kitchen daily to avoid house flies and other insects that feed on food leftovers. Cover the garbage if taking it out is not an option.
Clean your fridge regularly to remove food that you can’t consume anymore. It is also an excellent time to declutter and organize the space and put in some fresh foods. Cleaning the fridge may not get rid of a foul smell emanating from it. You need to do more than scrub it.
You can put an open tin of bicarbonate of soda, silica gel, coffee grounds, and activated charcoal in the fridge to absorb the smells. Throw away expired goods or leftovers that are a few days old. In case of a power outage that lasts for long, remove the perishables like meat and milk as they may start to rot.
Get rid of stuff in your kitchen you no longer use. Most items lay idle as they may have become faulty over time. They occupy a vast space that can be used as storage for other things you use frequently.
Do a thorough cleaning to remove cans that have expired ingredients and tools that have no use in the kitchen.
Create Habits to Save Time
Train yourself to have simple practices that save you time in the kitchen. Before cooking, gather all your ingredients to avoid running for them while cooking. Have a bowl for preparation to put garbage in instead of going all the way to the trash can.
You can also multitask by washing dishes when food is cooking. When baking or have food in the oven, you can do other chores to save time. Over the weekend, you can cook the hard cereals and store them in the fridge to have an easier time cooking during weekdays.
Store According to Use
To optimize the efficiency of your kitchen, store items according to their frequency of use and what they are used for. Assign different drawers to store various tools. Put baking tools such as spatulas, measuring cups, and spoons in one drawer; spices, cutlery, and crockery in theirs as well.
This will save you valuable time as it will be easier to find an item when cooking. You save on space too by arranging things in such an order.
Make your Kitchen Safe
A kitchen may become a danger zone if you don’t take some safety precautions. This is where all sharp objects are, and you can easily get burned. Have storage for hazardous objects away from the reach of children.
Sharpen your knives regularly so that they don’t easily become blunt. They will make working more comfortable and prevent injuries. A dull knife is hard to control and can cause severe cuts as you will be using force to cut.
Clean up immediately if glass items break. Pick the larger pieces, then vacuum to ensure the finer pieces are off the ground. Handle glass, ceramic, china, and casseroles with care to avoid breakage. Throw away any glassware that chips or cracks as it can cause injuries.
Have alarms and monitors to alert you when there are gas leaks or a fire breakout. Always ensure you have a first aid kit with all necessary equipment in the kitchen where it will be easy to reach in case of an accident.
Wear appropriate clothing in the kitchen as loose clothing can easily catch fire or get stuck causing a major accident. Additionally, ensure you cover up the skin to avoid burns from oil splashing while frying food. Cover your hair or hold it up to prevent it from getting in the way and keep it from falling into food.
Storing your kitchen items and taking precautionary measures are your priorities for making the kitchen efficient. This is the one place that you will be having breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it can make them exciting or annoying if it is disorderly. These simple tips will have you enjoying being in that busy room and free of frustration.
Resources— Life hacker, The Kitchen, Good Housekeeping