We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and 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.
Maintaining your large kitchen appliances will not only mean a longer life for the appliance but can also prove to be a great way to save you money when it comes to paying the power bill. Here are five useful tips to cut through the time spent on these chores.
Inside and out is equally important when it comes to cleaning fridges. Unless your fridge is a sealed unit there will be coils at the back that attract grime and dust. Make sure you have castors on the base so you can easily roll the fridge out and wipe over the back as easily as the front on a regular basis. Replace any filters before the due date in case you forget when the time comes.
Not all freezers defrost automatically especially the older types. Regular defrosting eliminates that crusty build up that takes forever to thaw out. Let the insides of the unit melt completely, take out the shelves and then wipe all surfaces with a solution of vinegar and water.
Defrosting also gives you a chance to get rid of old food that should not be reheated or cooked. While freezers do keep the food for a relatively long time there are limits. Follow the guide that comes with your freezer for safe handling of frozen foods.
Dishwashers and your dishes will benefit greatly from being cleaned from the inside. Check the filter regularly and scrub out. While it may seem like a waste of water and electricity, running an empty cycle from time to time will clear the inner workings and hoses which will give a better result to your wash cycles.
Ovens and cooktops
Instant wipe overs are quicker and easier than trying to remove baked on grime. This is true for stove tops and ovens. Make it a habit as part of your dishwashing routine. Remove racks and shelves and scrub with a brush. For electric ovens check the elements and wipe over. For gas make sure the jets are clear of food.
Keep it clean inside and out with a simple wipe over on a regular basis. Remove racks and scrub with a brush from time to time. Non abrasive cleaners can be used inside and out or a solution of vinegar in water. If you do have nasty stains or built up grime, bi-carbonate soda mixed to a paste with a little water is a much gentler way to remove the dirt than harsh chemicals.
By being diligent with the cleanliness of your large appliances you are saving yourself time from heavy scrubbing if you leave the dirt to spread and stick to surfaces. The appliances will have a longer life if you maintain them carefully and the overall running costs may be reduced greatly. Motors that have to work twice as hard to get through built on dirt will use more power.
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.