15 Tips to Help Save Time in the Kitchen
May 30, 2017
Do you spend hours in the kitchen - cooking, cleaning and organising? You don’t have to do that anymore. It is difficult to maintain a clean kitchen when you have to balance home and work. Sometimes, leftovers stay rotting in the refrigerator or bugs make their nest in the food that has been long forgotten inside the cupboard. As a result, a lot of food gets wasted and you end up wasting hours cleaning everything up.
We will tell you about a few clever ways by which you’ll be able to deal with all your cleaning woes effectively.They will help you save time and energy.
1) Easy access to purified water
Install a smart RO water purifier to ease access to purified water. All you have to do is touch the right button on your smartphone and you’ll have pure water in seconds.
2) Keep your cleaning sponge dry
After cleaning the vessels or sink, don’t run the sponge under water and place it at the edge of the sink. It leads to mildew and mould growth in the sponge. Keep the sponge in an upright position using a simple paper clip. It will dry fast and the water will not set in.
3) Use glass cleaner for your steel appliances
Use glass cleaners on your stainless-steel appliances to get the same shine as the glass or mirrors. The glass cleaner also helps you remove greasy stains and fingerprints from the surface.
4) Peel boiled eggs fast
Boiled eggs are sometimes hard to peel. But there’s an easy way to do it.Put the boiled egg in a small glass, half filled with water. Try this near the sink so that you don’t mess up your kitchen platform. Put your palm to cover the mouth of the glass. Now shake the glass rapidly for 2-3 seconds. The skin will come off without an effort.
5) Organise your refrigerator
This will take time but it’s worth it. Your fridge should be ideally set to 40F (5°C) or below. Don’t store vegetables and meat together. Always store meat or seafood on the bottom shelf and wrap them carefully. Milk and other perishable items should be stored in a safe zone like the middle or top shelf. Store the items that are not easily perishable on the door racks. Leftovers should be stored in clear glass containers for up to 4 days.
6) Prevent clogged sinks
Clogged sinks are messy. Pour boiling water from time to time down the drain.It helps in clearing up the built-up oil. You might also consider pouring some baking soda down the drain before the boiling water as it absorbs odours and acts as a cleaning agent as well.
7) Do your dishes smartly
Stuck with a huge pile of dishes every morning? Line your baking pots and pans with foil before putting in the ingredients. With a little bit of care, you can avoid washing a lot of vessels.
8) Prevent milk from boiling over and messing your kitchen
This is an old trick. Balance a spatula across the pot of boiling milk or water. It won’t boil over and you’ll be saved from cleaning up the mess.
9) Clean silverware with lemon
Remove rust off your knives and silverware using lemon juice. Just soak them in a glass of lemon juice for a few minutes and then scrub off the rust with a cloth or scrubber to make them look shiny again.
10) Sort out your meals
Choose simple recipes. Pick out recipes with 6 ingredients or less. You can also adapt a few recipes and prepare them with lesser number of ingredients. You can also opt for one-pot recipes that are simple and you just have to clean one pot after the meal!
11) Prepare your morning coffee at night
Go to work energised. Program your coffeemaker at night to brew the coffee when you wake up in the morning.
12) Stack wine bottles neatly
Invest in a collapsible wine rack to store your bottles. Place it on the lower shelf of your refrigerator so that they don’t keep rolling to the other counters.
13) Cleaning your blender in seconds
You have to be careful with the blades while cleaning blenders. Clean it by pouring in some warm water with liquid soap in it. Close the lid and turn on the blender for a few seconds. Then give a quick rinse with clean water. Your blender will be clean in seconds.
14) Use baking soda to clean your oven
Baking soda will help you keep your oven stain-free. Mix half a cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of lukewarm water. Spread this paste over the interior surfaces of the oven. Don’t spread it on the heating apparatus. Allow it to rest for 12 hours or overnight. Use a plastic or silicone spatula to scrape off the paste. Spray some vinegar inside the oven and then clean the entire thing with a damp cloth.
15) Disposing food scraps smartly
Keep a bowl or an unused pot at the counter to toss the scraps, instead of walking to the bin every time. Once it is full, toss the contents in a bin or use them as compost.
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