We spend a lot of time in the kitchen…cooking, washing the dishes and other kitchen chores. Three times a day we prepare meals and have to deal with all the cleaning that comes with them. Oftentimes, we are faced with spoiled food. Some kitchen tips, which will save us some money, save us time and make the kitchen a safer place, come in handy. Here are some which anyone can adapt.
It’s always good to know of ways to prolong the life of and preserving food, cooked or raw. It will save you money and trips to the grocery or market because you can buy in bulk.
1. You can save yourself trips to the bakery if you buy bread for several days. Keep it fresh by storing in the freezer. It won’t harden. Take it out of the freezer and allow it to reach room temperature before consuming. You’ll find out that it’s just as fresh as when you bought it.
2. Flour can also be kept in the freezer to prevent weevils from growing in it. It won’t harden or become lumpy in the freezer.
3. When storing vegetables in the refrigerator, keep them fresh by wrapping them in towels. The towel will absorb the moisture which makes vegetables rot easily.
4. Keep onions in the refrigerator to avoid shedding tears when slicing them.
5. You don’t have to throw away left-over tomato-based pasta sauce. Keep them in the freezer and they won’t get spoiled. You can just heat it in the microwave when you want to serve it.
Cleaning all those kitchen utensils, gadgets and tools can be tedious; techniques that can hasten it provide relief.
1. Baking soda is a great aid in cleaning those greasy pots and pans. Add some to your liquid soap and see those grease dissolve.
2. When preparing a large amount of vegetables, spread old newspaper on your work table. Once you’re done, you can just simply roll up the newspaper and save yourself some cleaning.
3. Fine sandpaper is a great way to remove stubborn stains from stainless steel pots and pans.
The kitchen is a place where accidents seem to always wait to happen. Keep it safer with these safety tips for cooking.
1. When frying food that will make the oil splatter, turn off the heat first before putting in the food. Turn it on again once you have placed the food in. I’ve had burns on my hands and face due to oil that splattered all over.
2. Overheated fat or oil is dangerous. Never heat oil in the pan for too long or leave and do something else if you don’t want a flaming pan. Fires have started from burning pans.
3. If you got yourself a burning pan, the first thing to do is to turn off the heat. Never throw water into the pan. Cover the pan with its cover or a wet rag or towel.
4. Do not use a round-bottomed pan for frying because it is prone to tipping.
The tips given here may be simple but they can make kitchen chores a little easier and buy you some time for yourself or other matters that need your attention.
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As you are planning your new kitchen design, the look and style you select is very important in determining the overall feel your kitchen will portray.
From the country charm of wood cabinets to modern-looking stainless steel appliances, kitchen design styles come in many choices and styles.
So just what determines your kitchen’s design style?
Well many of the more successful kitchen design styles are made up of many components go together the right way. The color you select, and the styles of fabrics, furniture, flooring, windows, cabinetry, appliances, and lighting can help to determine a kitchen design style. You will discover that various design elements of the kitchen provide each style with its own unique flavor.
The type of kitchen cabinets you have are an important consideration in regards to the overall kitchen design style. The cabinetry can have a powerful effect on the design of your kitchen.
The style of kitchen cabinet you choose will give personality and a specific atmosphere to your kitchen. Some of the popular styles of kitchen cabinets today are:
English Country – Consists of open china display racks, unique paints and finishes.
Shaker – This style is characterized by purity, simplicity, and utility. Uses flat panel doors that are inset and flush with the cabinet frame. Other features include wood counter tops, wooden knobs, and brass hardware pieces. It combines simple furniture design with clear crisp lines, and strength.
Country – This style creates an old farm kitchen look with glazes and layered finishes. Includes open shelves, pot racks for cast iron cookware, butcher block, and multi-colored cabinet pieces that look like they are separate pieces of furniture.
French Country – There are so many elements that go into the French country kitchen including the use of large pieces of furniture that are made mainly of light colored woods and can be decorated with ornate carving. Natural materials are an important element in walls, cabinetry and furniture that is used in the design of French country kitchens.
Arts and Crafts – This kitchen design style is becoming a popular style for kitchens. In this type of style glass doors and natural wood tones with a matte sheen are used. The style can be eclectic and artistic.
Contemporary – Kitchens that are done in the contemporary kitchen design style often use plastic laminates, special wood veneers, enamels, lacquers, or metal foil laminate for the kitchen cabinet facings. Cabinet doors in this kitchen design style usually use frameless construction with overlay door and no toe kick panel.
Homes can come in many different styles, and built using a variety of materials. So the same goes for kitchen design styles. However, in most cases, people will want their kitchen to match the overall design and style of their home.
It may not be absolutely necessary to select a kitchen design style that is the same as your home’s exterior architectural style. Although it is considered a good idea that you should really try to select the kitchen design style that will best complement your home’s style.
James Mahoney is the author of many kitchen design articles and has a site about kitchen design ideas at Kitchen Designers Ideas.com. He also publishes a newsletter on kitchen design.