Moving to a new home? Try out some of these tips to set up your kitchen in the most efficient ways possible!
Proper food storage
Know which foods must be refrigerated, don’t need to be refrigerated, and which should be frozen. This will help give you a guideline of where your food should go. Store your meats in the bottom of your fridge where it is coldest and where any leaks would avoid contaminating any other food. Dairy can be stored on the top shelf, where temperature is most consistent. Don’t store items with a short expiration date in the door, as this is the warmest part of the fridge.
Use up the empty space on the back of doors
The space on the back of your pantry or cabinet doors is going to waste. You can use a shoe organizer, pegboards, or mini shelves to hang up extra items on your door space such as pans, measuring cups, food, and more.
In your pantry and cabinets, things can get messy quickly. Use clear, rectangular storage containers to keep your food sealed fresh and pest-free. This also allows you to easily see all your food items with no need to dig through cardboard boxes or bags.
Organize all your kitchen items by what they are used for. Create different zones for storing items such as food, cleaning supplies, cooking tools, and silverware and dishes. This will make your kitchen more organized by having related items all in the same location.
Kitchens are one of the biggest clutter magnets. It’s not hard to get sucked into purchasing gadgets that you think will get a lot of use, when they will collect dust for years. Some of these helpful decluttering tips can get you started for when you don’t know what to get rid of first.
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Make your tiny fridge feel a lot bigger with these tips!
Install a lazy Susan
Have easy access to all the food in the back of the fridge without having to move everything around to find what you are looking for.
Label your drawers
Label your various drawers with what is in them to make it faster to find what you need.
Install a snack stack
Slide a small drawer stack to store snacks, cheeses, and more.
Use drawer dividers
Place drawer dividers to separate your different food items such as vegetables, fruits, etc.
Cover your shelves in plastic wrap
When spills happen, you can just peel off the layer of plastic wrap and put a new one down.
Use any cylinder container to hold cut up vegetables. Many recyclable containers can be very useful for this.
Masking tape labels
Label your containers with masking tape and a sharpie to write the date you made it and/or when it expires.
Add a condiment holder
Use a six-pack holder or an empty egg carton to organize all your condiments.
Plastic freezer bins
Put plastic bins in your freezer to separate your big bags of frozen items.
Use mason jars
Store your leftover food in mason jars. They will keep your food fresh longer and are not are bulky as Tupperware.
1. Protect your Bananas
Put plastic wrap around the tops of your bananas to block the gases being released from your bananas which causes them to ripen.
2. Ripen your food
In the case of having food that is not ripe enough, put it into a brown paper bag. Trapping the fruit in the brown paper bag will concentrate the ethylene gas that is released from the fruit which will cause it to ripen faster.
3. Avoid the egg shell mess
If little parts of the eggshell have broken into your mixing bowl, use the already cracked eggshell to scoop them back up. This frees them from your bowl all while keeping your hands free from the eggs.
4. Deskin potatoes
Don’t have a peeler? No problem! Boil your potatoes in water then transfer them to an ice bath after. The skin will separate from the potato and you can peel it right off.
5. DIY strawberry cutter
Simply stick a straw through the bottom of a strawberry to break through the top to remove the leaves as well as removing the white center.
6. Brew your own coffee
You can still have coffee even without a coffee maker. Boil coffee in a pot of water with the same amount of coffee and water that is directed for a coffee maker. After about five minutes you can drain your coffee from the coffee grounds and drink up!
7. Reheat without drying out your food
When reheating food such as baked goods or pizza, place a cup of water in the microwave with the food to add moisture to the air and prevent the food from getting dried out.
8. Stop watering down your drinks with ice
When drinking juice, wine, etc. stop adding ice and drinking a watery drink. Freeze fruits like strawberries or grapes, then pop a few into your drink to cool it off without adding any water. If you’re looking to cool off your coffee faster or have iced coffee, fill an ice cube tray with coffee and use these cubes to keep your coffee nice and cold.
9. Avoid freezer burn
Put a sheet of wax paper over your ice cream when you put it back into the freezer to stop it from collecting freezer burn.
10. Measure out sticky foods without the mess
When measuring food like honey or peanut butter, put the measuring spoon under hot water for a few seconds prior to measuring the food so that it will slide right off with no trace.