Previously I focused on general kitchen organising and Storing Dinnerware (Part 1). This week I will discuss tidying up and organising all the cooking tools.
If you want a kitchen in which you can enjoy cooking, the focus should be on ease of cleaning after preparing a meal. Don’t try to aim for simplicity in the kitchen. It’s more important that you know where everything is stored.
Just a short recap on the kitchen storage guidelines:
- Store items based on material category, e.g. metal, plastic, wood and glass.
- Keep like items together by size, shape and function.
- Items that you use often should be easy to reach.
- Store items you use less often in the back or on the top shelf.
- Utilise smaller boxes to store small items.
Includes knives, wooden spoons, spatulas, graters, peelers, etc.
- Group like items together such as knives, spoons and cuttings boards.
- Ideally, keep two same pieces of all your frequently used utensils.
- Store them in a drawer organiser, near the stove.
- Avoid hanging utensils above the stove where oil and dust can cover them.
- Ensure that all knives are sharp and functional.
- Stack cutting boards according to size.
Includes pots, oven cookware, mixing bowls, colanders, etc.
- Keep your pots and pans inside a cupboard to avoid dust and grease.
- Put same type category together, e.g. plastic, ceramic and metal items.
- Stack same shape and size together or place smaller items in bigger ones.
- Place cooking vessels near the stove.
Includes food scales, blenders, food processors, breadmakers, etc.
- Remove all items that you haven’t used in the last 2 years to make more space for other items. Some appliances might have been in trend in the past and now are no longer being used.
- Try to avoid buying too many kitchen gadgets. They might be difficult too clean and take up space.
- Those appliances that you use often should be easily reachable.
- Store bigger items that you use less often in the back or on the top shelf.
Includes all plastic and glass containers.
- Remove old and stained items.
- Make sure that each container has a lid.
- Store them by category and size.
- If you have more then you need then reduce the number so it all fits neatly in your cupboard space.
Includes rolling pins, baking pans, tins, baking accessories, etc.
- If you enjoy baking as a hobby, you will probably have accumulated a lot of baking accessories.
- Remove items that are damaged or old.
- Keep all baking items together inside a box in your cupboard. Not only will you have a good overview of what you have, but also it will make prepping for baking easier.
Includes aluminium foil, cling wrap and storage bags.
- Save them in a long box inside your cupboard.
- Use dividers to arrange everything neatly.
“Preparation is the key to a good chef.“
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