Tired of your messy and unorganized kitchen? Do you always spend a few minutes trying to find things you knew you just ‘kept right there’?
Every kitchen can be made chef-worthy with a few tricks and tips. Check these out:
Get Organized With Appropriate Storage
A chef-worthy kitchen is clean and organized. The first step to transforming your kitchen is to make sure you have a suitable storage system that has plenty of space for your cooking must-haves.
Cabinets with drawers, wall shelves, and wall cabinets – these are all your friends. You should also make use of vertical dividers, trash pull-out, spice pull-out, and corner storage. If used properly, they make it easier for you to declutter your kitchen and work in a more streamlined manner.
Be Neat and Label Things
Many times, we cook in a rush. That’s why it’s important to keep things organized so we can work effectively.
Consider putting most of your items in transparent containers before placing them in your cabinetry so it’s easier to see and access what you need.
Don’t forget to label your containers. Regular flour and rice flour look the same. White sugar and iodized salt look the same. You certainly don’t want to accidentally switch things up when you’re cooking.
Sort all Your Tools
Keep similar things in the same drawer or cabinet so you know where to get them. This means you should have all baking tools like measuring cups and spoons in one place, spatulas, tongs, and ladles in another drawer, and your pots and cooking pans in separate storage.
However, before you do that, it’s best to re-organize your kitchen space and remove unnecessary or excessive items. This will give you enough room to house all your daily cooking essentials.
When sorting all your tools, arrange them in a way that suits your cooking style. Make sure to put items and utensils you regularly use (such as dining silverware or your Almazan knives) in cabinets or drawers that you can access easily. Meanwhile, reserve the high or hard-to-reach spots for items you occasionally use.
Use Storage Racks for Additional Shelving Solutions
If it feels like you never have enough storage in your kitchen, it could be that you’re not sorting things properly. Here are some organization and storage hacks that many chefs swear by:
Use cabinet storage racks. Storage racks and dividers allow you to maximize your cabinet space while dividers are perfect for stacking plates, lids, and baking sheets or pans.
Install hooks to hang mugs. You can also use hooks to hang pots, pans, and lids inside your cabinet.
Add extra storage space to the side of your fridge. Magnetic shelves are easy to install and remove.
Store Perishable Items Away from Heat Sources
One common mistake of homeowners is they store perishable items near heat sources. For example, canned goods are often stored in the cabinet above the gas stove. This is a big no-no because it can compromise the quality of the food.
Dedicate a space for food items, away from the gas stoves or sides of the fridge. Look for the coolest spot in your kitchen for these items instead.
Organize Your Refrigerator like a Restaurant Walk-in
A refrigerator is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the kitchen. It’s not only important to keep it clean always to avoid bacteria build-up, but it’s also necessary that you keep things organized inside.
There are so many ways to organize a fridge but here are a few basics you should know:
- The top shelf and the door shelves are the warmest “zones” so they are the best spot for condiments, spreads, eggs, and dairy products.
- The middle and bottom shelves are cooler so use them for milk and other items that need cooler temperatures.
- Place meat and fish in the freezer, and your veggies in the crisper. It’s best to remove packaging like plastic bags and cardboard boxes. Instead, invest in clear beans that look so neat and let you see exactly what’s available.
Put a Trash Can Under the Kitchen Counter
Part of an organized kitchen is waste management. Have a dedicated trash can and if possible, properly segregate them.
This means biodegradable waste goes into one bin and non-biodegradable stuff goes into another. A pull-out trash cabinet is space-saving and convenient to use, especially if you have a small kitchen.
Keep Things Tidy
The kitchen is a naturally messy space as you deal with grease, food, water, and so much more. Therefore, make it your habit to clean the kitchen every day, especially your cabinets to keep them mold and pest-free. While pantries are probably the first thing you think of, don’t forget to keep your kitchen tea towels tidy. This makes it easier to find a towel when you need it and ensures that they all remain as good-looking as they can for as long as they can.
Use a kitchen-friendly disinfecting spray to kill germs and bacteria lurking in your storage systems, counters, walls, and other kitchen surfaces.
Organizing your kitchen like a professional chef is easier than you think. Start by choosing the right storage solutions and understanding a few basic principles of organization. By following these simple tips and hacks, you can make food preparation a lot more efficient and enjoyable.