It’s All about the PRODUCE !!!

 

You go to the store and purchase salad makings with the best of intentions.

 Like the busy time-saver you are, you pre-chop your lettuce and your veggies so you can toss a healthy meal together on the go. But, a few days later your lettuce and veggies are mushy and gross.

 What to do  when this happens & why ?????

A combination of natural gasses, moisture build up, and the act of chopping your veggies can speed of decomposition.

 But, with a few handy tricks you can make them last long enough to get your money’s worth! 

Cucumbers:

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Cucumbers are tasty when they’re crispy. When they turn mushy … not so much. To keep cut cucumbers fresh longer, try this tip:

  Cut your cucumbers into about 1/4-inch slices. Stack the slices in a sealable container. Then, place a folded paper towel on top of your cucumbers and put a lid on your container. Store your cucumbers upside down (so that the paper towel is on the bottom). The towel will soak up extra moisture. 

Peppers:

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Need to keep your chopped bell peppers fresh a few days more? Try this hack :

 Use a sharp knife to cut your peppers. A dull knife could damage the exterior of the veggie. Remove the stem and seeds. Then cut into slices or chunks.

 Lay your pepper slices on a paper towel and wrap the towel around the peppers. Place the paper towel-covered peppers into a bowl and add about 1/2 inch of cold water. This will keep your peppers fresh for about a week.

Carrots:

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Do you buy baby carrots just to avoid trying to slice, dice, and store full grown carrots? Try this hack and save a little extra cash at the grocery store. 

Trim off all of the green tops from the carrots. Store the tops in a separate container if you want to use them for soup later on. 

Store your newly trimmed carrots in a bowl of water for several weeks. 

Bonus points: this actually works for baby carrots too. 

Lettuce:

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Pros have  tried three different ways to keep lettuce greens fresh in the fridge. 

Method 1: Storing leaves in rolled in a paper towel then placed in a plastic bag.

 Method 2: Storing leaves in a hard, re-sealable, plastic container with a paper towel.

 Method 3: Storing the greens in a plastic produce bag with a puff of air and sealed. 

Surprisingly, all three methods yielded still-fresh veggies after 7 days. 

At 10 days, the clear winner was method 2: Line a plastic storage container with paper towels and line the towel with greens. 

Don’t pack them down. Seal with a lid and store. The hard container protects the leaves from getting bruised and extra space in the container provides enough air flow to keep the greens … green! 

How to make your fresh produce last longer

If you’ve ever spent big bucks on fresh fruits and veggies only to have them go bad a few days later, you’re not alone. Keeping fruits and veggies fresh can be tricky, especially when the weather starts warming up. If you want to save money and keep your food fresh longer, check out a few of these tips for storing your favorite produce.

1. Bananas

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Wrap ’em up. Cover the stems in plastic wrap to keep the natural gases emitted by bananas from browning the bananas too quickly. You can wrap the bunch together or break them apart or store them  individually, I have this banana box for my little one and it works wonders!!

2. Potatoes

Store your favorite starch with an apple. The natural ethylene gas in apples helps keep the potatoes from sprouting. 

3. StrawBerries,Amla, Jamun,other berries .

Wash your berries in 1 cup (240 ml) vinegar and 3 cups (700 ml) water before storing them. Make sure you dry them completely to keep mold and bacteria at bay. Store them in airtight containers in the fridge .

4. Tomato

If you want to keep your tomatoes fresh and tasty, keep them out of the refrigerator, according to Cosmopolitan. Store tomatoes on the counter so they ripen properly. If they still have stems, I would suggest  you store them stem side down (or cover the stems with scotch tape). 

5. Celery

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Ditch the plastic your celery came in and wrap the bunch in tin foil. The foil makes it easier for natural gases to escape. Plastic bags keep the gases trapped in, which wilts your celery faster. 

6. Herbs, Curry leaves , Mint 

8 Vegetables That You Can Regrow Again And Again.

Stop tossing your herbs in the refrigerator. Grab a glass, fill it with water and put your fresh herbs on a windowsill. The cold temperatures of the fridge wilt your herbs and suck away flavor. When herbs start to go bad, chop them up, put them in an ice cube tray and cover with olive oil. Freeze until set. They’ll last for months this way! 

7. Mushrooms

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Store your mushrooms in a brown paper bag. The bag helps keep your mushrooms dry and clean so they don’t get slimy. If they start to dry out, rinse them under water. 

8. Radishes

Chop them and store them in a bowl of water in the refrigerator to keep them fresh and crispy, it stays fresh upto 15 days !

9. Cheese

Rub the cut edges of your cheese with butter. This keeps hard cheese from drying out. 

10. Onions

Store onions in a cool, dry place. Lay them flat so they get good air circulation, so that the outer skins dry and don’t get moldy. 

11. Apples

Store apples in the refrigerator to make them last longer. They last up to three weeks in the fridge. Note: Keep these sweet treats away from other fruits and veggies because they release a ton of natural gas, which causes your other produce (except for potatoes) to ripen faster. 

12. Oranges

Store oranges at room temperature. Try a basket to allow air flow to circulate to keep your fruit juicy.

13. Lemons

Instead of cutting your lemons in half for a bit of juice, poke them with a skewer and use the juice you need. Then just store the lemon in the refrigerator. Cutting your lemon in half will make it dry out faster. 

14. Broccoli

Store your broccoli in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic. Broccoli should last up to five days. 

15. Greens,Coriander leaves.

 

Store your lettuce and spinach in the veggie drawer, wrapped in plastic. Add a paper towel to absorb moisture. If your lettuce starts to wilt a bit early, soak it in ice water to revive the crispness. 

16. Avocado

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Keep your avocados on the counter until ripe. This usually takes two or three days, depending on their state when you bought them. When they soften a bit, store them in the fridge to keep them from going bad. Preserve the tasty fruit by squeezing a bit of lemon on the exposed pulp if you need to store it. 

17. Spring onions 

8 Vegetables That You Can Regrow Again And Again.

You can significantly increase the shelf life of these onions by storing them in a jar of water on the counter. Snip away as you need (and they’ll keep growing in between!). 

What are some of your tricks for making your food last longer? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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20 Minutes or Less in the Kitchen a Day !

Your kitchen can be one of the grimiest and dirtiest rooms in your home. With the clutter that seems to amass here daily, and the grime of cooking residue on stoves, counter tops and cupboards, these issues need to be addressed. There are some speedy cleaning methods of getting your kitchen spic and span with some easy to do cleaning tips.

Cleaning your place is the last thing you want to do with your free time, which is why I  will show you how to get in, get out, and get it done so you can get back to your real life.

I don’t know about you, but my sink is often overflowing with dirty dishes accompanied by the Gas stove  covered with used pans, resulting in some serious scrubbing in the kitchen. Instead of wasting time tackling baked-on grime, take 20 minutes (or less!) to get your space clean, leaving you more time for other fun things — like catching up on your favorite shows. 

Here’s my  checklist, with suggested times, for getting your kitchen clean in minutes.

Clear countertops:

Leave any appliances you use daily out on countertops and wipe clean. If your blender is only used a few times per month, it’s just collecting dust, meaning it’s time to stash. Get rid of any clutter and toss garbage in the trash. (2 to 3 minutes)

Wipe cabinets and pulls:

This is an important step in keeping your kitchen sanitary, so give your cabinets, especially handles and pulls, a quick spray with cleaner and then wipe. Don’t forget the door to the cabinet holding your garbage. (2 minutes)

Spray your Stove top:

While you’re working, give your range top a spritz with cleaner and let it work its magic while you tackle the rest of the kitchen. Don’t worry about wiping clean, we’ll get to that later. (30 seconds)

Empty the dishwasher:

Clear your dishwasher of clean dishes leaving space for all your dirty ones. And if you reposition your plates, glasses, and silverware storage as close to your dishwasher as possible, emptying the dishwasher takes minutes. (2 minutes)

Rinse dishes and place in dishwasher:

Give all those dishes in your sink a quick rinse and then load into the dishwasher. And many of your pots and pans are safe to toss in there too. (3 minutes)

Soak dishes:

If you have any dishes that are a total mess, add some liquid dish soap to your sink, plug the drain, and fill with hot water. You can also use this time to hand-wash dishes if you don’t have a dishwasher. Don’t worry about finishing those baked-on pans now, let them soak until later. (3 to 4 minutes)

Sweep the floor:

Quickly sweep your floor of debris and whisk away the mess into your garbage can. Spot clean any marks on the floor as needed with a damp paper towel. You can give your floor a deep cleaning on another day. (3 minutes)

Wipe down Stove top:

Remember how you gave your stove top a spritz with cleaner? Give it a quick swipe, getting rid of any grime. (30 seconds)

Finish pots and pans:

Finish washing pots and pans then drain sink and wipe it clean, too. (2 minutes)

Wipe fridge handles:

Spray your fridge handles with cleaner and wipe. (30 seconds)

Fold kitchen towels:

All that’s left is to do is fold your kitchen towels, straighten anything that needs it, and take a quick look at your clean kitchen! All done in less than 20 minutes!

 

And if you keep up with this quick kitchen-cleaning routine, you’ll find it takes less and less time every day! Dedicate a couple of minutes right when you get home, after cooking dinner, or while you’re enjoying your morning coffee just to your kitchen.

Then pick  one  afternoon once a month to really deep clean your cooking space, helping your home sparkle.

 

Decluttering your Kitchen

When the majority of your time in the kitchen is spent hunting for the right pan lid, figuring out if you’ve got the self-raising flour or plain flour canister in your hand or reaching to the back of the cupboard blindly feeling round for the paper towel, you know it’s high time you got organized! The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in any home but when it is all cluttered it makes it much harder to actually be used as a functional space.

Not only will you feel better once this space is less junked up, you’ll also save yourself time and energy as well.Here is some of my  space-saving ideas, tips and tricks to help get you and your kitchen back in order.

Kitchens are a great place to start for de-cluttering — and you’ll feel SO much better by the end of it.

 

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1) Old containers: Be they old takeaway containers or “useful” Bottles and jars, bring them all out from the back of cupboard and see how many you have. Then throw out at least half of them.

2) Old appliances that don’t work: Put them all on the floor and divide into those that are worth fixing (or can be fixed) and those that aren’t. Toss them away ! seriously it just takes up space !

3)Knives: Most people need only five or six good knives for everyday use. Sort yours out, dumping the not-so-good ones  and investing in a sharpener for the rest.

4)Plastic bags: Unless you use recyclable shopping bags you’re likely to have quite a few of those. Take them to the recycling bin ! 

5) Mugs and cups: If you take into account all those oddball gift mugs you’ve received you probably have an over-supply. In reality, most people need no more than 10. With the others,  put them up in a high cupboard out of the way.

6)Expired food: Check the herbs and spice shelf for ingredients that are so old they’re not worth adding to any dish. Also, dig into the back of the pantry for tinned food that may have expired, and don’t forget the fridge and freezer. Frozen food doesn’t last forever, particularly if it’s leftovers or fish where three months is the maximum duration in the freezer.

7)Odds and ends: Many people have an odds and ends drawer which is fine for throwing in those things you can’t find a home for. However, it’s not so easy to find things when there’s too much in that drawer. Try to halve the contents. Failing that, try to compartmentalize by putting similar objects in trays or tying them up with rubber bands.

8)Chipped or cracked crockery: These can be a trap for nasties and deserve to be riffed.Period!

9)Double-up implements: There are certain items in the kitchen which don’t require a back-up. These include potato mashers, soup ladles, gravy boats and flour sifters. If you have more than one of these it’s time to share with someone else. 

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Decluttering Checklist  For Your Kitchen

Items you may want to get rid of, or decluttering missions to tackle in this area include:

  • Gadgets and cooking tools
  • Small appliances
  • Clear off table top
  • Clear countertops
  • Tablecloths, napkins and placemats
  • Plastic cups and water bottles
  • Zippered plastic bags, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap
  • Cabinet shelves and drawers
  • Junk drawer
  • Under kitchen sink
  • Tops of cabinets
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Pots and pans (and also match each with lid)
  • Baking dishes and sheets
  • Top and front of refrigerator
  • Recipes
  • Cookbooks
  • Restaurant and takeout and menus
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Kitchen towels and potholders
  • Plastic silverware and other take out packaging
  • Clear space to pack sack lunches
  • Lunch boxes
  • China
  • Glassware and crystal
  • Silver items
  • Party serving pieces
  • Coffee cups and mugs
  • Plates, bowls, utensils, etc.

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Why I need a Meal Planner ??

You should never have the excuse that you have nothing in the house to prepare for dinner. Like virtually anything that you need to to set up and organize, meal preparation requires some basic planning. Setting up basic systems so that you always have things at the ready and you can speed up the time it takes to get dinner on the table.

When you decide to eat a meal out, is it because you are consciously choosing to do so? Or is it because you haven’t the time or ingredients to prepare something at home? If you are like most people, it is probably the latter. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. With a bit of planning, less than 15 minutes a week, you can cut back on your grocery bills, eat healthier, and feel better. All it takes is a meal planner.

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Features Of A Meal Planner

A meal planner is a just a collection of items that will allow you (or any other cooking person) to get a meal on the table with ingredients that are on hand. It will have the following items:

  • A menu plan. A menu plan is what you will eat for the meals in the coming week. It will list out all the dishes that will be prepared so you can check for nutritional balance, and also take into account family schedules.
  • Recipes. The recipes portion of the planner has two purposes: it allows you to assemble the instructions for making a meal in one place, as well as provide a basis for the next portion of the planner.
  • A shopping list. The shopping list is what allows you to have the ingredients on hand to make the meals you have planned. Nothing is worse than to start a recipe and find that you have forgotten to buy a key ingredient. By taking the ingredient list from the recipes, you can ensure you have everything on hand.
  • Reminders. These instructions would allow you to remember to start dishes on time, or pull things from the freezer. If you are planning a slow cooker dinner that takes 8 hours, you need to be reminded to get it started, or dinner won’t be done on time.

Putting Together A Planner

  • I like to keep everything together in one spot. I have assembled a meal planner using basic office supplies which allows me to keep everything in one place (the front of the refrigerator).
  • I used  a sheet protector to the front of a sheet of paper . The sheet protector holds the menu plan for two weeks. For each day on the planning sheet I have a spot for any activities that are going on that might affect dinner (early evening meetings, for example); a box for the food plan, including side dishes; and a box with reminders for the next day (such as defrosting meat, or assembling the slow cooker meal for the fridge).

 

  • Inside the folder I have sheet protectors into which I slip the recipes for each day. This makes it easy for me to find my recipes, or to hand everything over to my husband.

 

  • In the back pocket of the folder I keep the shopping list for the plan, and the shopping list for the next two week period. I add items as the week passes that will need to be purchased during the next shopping trip.

 

  • I clip the entire folder to the front of the fridge using a heavy-duty magnet.

Using A Planner

  • The first step is to fill out my planning sheet. I list out the days as well as meal-affected events such as meetings, travel and birthdays (for which we eat out). Then I look through my recipes and pick things that fit the schedule and the season. During summer we do a lot of grilling and salads, but I save the labor-intensive food for the weekends.

 

  • At this point I have filled out the menu planner and have a pile of recipes. I record each recipe’s ingredients on a shopping list, then file it in the planner pocket for that day.

 

  • The shopping list is then double-checked against the planner board in our kitchen for things we are out of, and also compared to our pantry ingredients to see if there is anything we already have on hand.

 

  • With a menu planner, we are able to keep our food budget in a good place and only go out to eat when we wish to, rather than because we don’t have our acts together enough to cook. Do you have any tips for meal planning? Share below.

20 CLEANING TIPS FOR A SHINY SPARKLY HOME !

20  CLEANING TIPS FOR A SHINY SPARKLY HOME !  

Cleaning, for some, is very therapeutic. The feeling of cleaning an object, then seeing it clean, is a sense of pride and accomplishment. To others, cleaning is a pain in the neck. The problem, of course. is that if you ignore this chore, things just get dirtier. There are some items that you may not think of cleaning, but these should be cleaned. I am  compiling these cleaning ideas for 20 things you may have ignored.

I love cleaning. I really, really do. I love it to the point that when I get something — especially something stubborn — freakishly clean, I couldn’t feel more fulfilled. Honestly!!!

And sometimes, there are those sorts of messes that actually require tips, tricks, and hacks in order to get them efficiently restored to cleanly status. 

Just in case you’ve struggled here, I’ve put together this list of ways to clean hard-to-clean things so that, in the future, you will never meet adversity when it comes to your 10-minute tidy again. 

1. Homemade Gunk/Goop  Remover

Kitchen cabinets accumulate gunk/ oil stains/ sticky stuff ! YUCK!!!

 and it’s not a pretty sight but you can fix the problem with this homemade gunk remover. 

Mix one part vegetable oil and 2 parts baking soda and use a sponge or a cloth to clean the cabinets. Toothbrush also works as a great Scrubber 

2. Remove labels with Vanish.

 This one cleaning hack happened to be by fluke !  I bymistake Put Vanish in my hot water sink instead of baking soda and vinegar for removing labels ! and VIOLA !! just amazing stuff !

 Actually removing the labels from bottles or jars is not an easy task but you can greatly simplify the process if you use Vanish ( Clothes Stain remover ). Fill the sink with warm water and add a scoop of Vanish & ur normal Liquid dishwashing soap . Let the bottles soak for 30 minutes and the labels come off.

3. Clean the iron with salt.

Cleaning the iron is very simple if you know this tip. First sprinkle salt onto the ironing board, turn the iron to the highest setting and set off the steam option and then simply iron over the salt. 

The dirt sticks to the salt and the iron becomes clean and shiny.

4. Remove pet hair with rubber gloves.

 If you have a cat or a dog then I’m sure you’re at war with all the hair then leave around the house. But it’s not that difficult to remove all that hair. All you need is a pair of rubber gloves. Run your hand over the upholstery and the hair with cling to the glove.

5. Fix the scratches in wood furniture with vinegar and olive oil.

If you have an old wooden table with the top all scratched and ugly, don’t throw it out because it can still be saved. Mix ½ cup of vinegar with ½ cup of olive oil, dip a cloth in the mixture and rub it onto the wood. The scratches completely disappear and the wood looks like new.\

6.Remove hard water with vinegar.! ( I swear by this )

The nasty built up you often see on and around the faucets and in some other areas is definitely not something you want to have in your home. But you can easily remove it with vinegar. If it’s a flat surface, pour some vinegar and let it sit for about 20 minutes. For the faucet, you can use paper towels soaked in vinegar

7.Make your grill/ Pan  non-stick with an onion.

My M-I-L ’s trick !

Getting ready for a Dosa ? Don’t forget the onion. That’s right, you need an onion if you want to make your Pan/grill non-stick. Just cut the onion in half and rub the cut side on the heated Pan .

8.Clean the bathroom faucet with lemon.

Instead of using all sorts of cleaning products which may or may not be toxic, try instead a more natural approach.

 For example, you can clean the bathroom faucet with lemon. Cut a lemon in half and scrub the hard water stains on any fixture.

9.Clean the shower head with vinegar and a plastic bag.

Make your shower head look like new again using distilled white binegar and a pastic baggy. Pour vinegar in the bag and secure it to the shower head. Let it soak with an hour and wipe clean with a wet towel.

10.Make your own window cleaner.

All you have to do to make sure you have clean windows with no streaks is use water, vinegar and dish soap. Mix these three ingredients and your windows will be sparkly clean. Also, remember to use newspaper. Spray the windows with the mixture, use a white cloth to wash them and then dry them up a waded up wet  newspaper.

11.Clean the stove burners with ammonia( Bleach).

If you ignore them, the stove burners and the grates can end up looking disgusting and nobody wants that in their kitchen. So what can you do? It’s simple actually. Clean the stove with ammonia. Take ¼ cup of ammonia and seal it up with one of the burners in a plastic bag. Let it sit overnight and then it should wipe clean with a sponge.

12.Cleaning solution for the kitchen sink.

Make your own cleaner for the kitchen sink using the following ingredients: liquid dish washing soap , distilled white vinegar, baking soda, rock salt, lemon or lime and ice. You’ll also need an old rag, a toothbrush and a soft sponge. Rinse off the sink and sprinkle baking soda onto the surface. Make a paste and rinse. Scrub the rim with a toothbrush soaked in baking soda paste or soap.

13. Make your own Oven Cleaner .

To clean the oven, you can mix baking soda and vinegar. You also need a bowl and a spatula. Scrape the debris with the spatula. Sprinkle baking soda all over the floor of the oven. Then spray vinegar over the baking soda and spread the paste around. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Scrub in a circular motion.

14.Remove permanent marker with toothpaste.

If you have a kid who just discovered the magic of permanent markers, then you’ll most likely find works of art on the floor and furniture. Don’t worry, it can be removed. First put a dab of white toothpaste on the marker and rub with a damp cloth or paper towel.

15.Clean silver with salt and baking soda.

Both salt and baking soda are commonly used in homemade cleaning products. But why not mix them? If you do that you get a very nice cleaner which you can use on silver. Combine equal amounts of salt and baking soda.

16.Moldy Tile Cleaner 

Sometimes u gotta use harsh chemicals !The best way to remove mold is with a solution of one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water. Wearing rubber gloves, saturate a clean sponge or cloth with the bleach solution and apply it to the mold. Let the solution soak for 15 minutes, then rinse it off. Thoroughly dry the surface and throw away the sponges or rags you used to avoid spreading spores to other surfaces.

17. Cleaning Burnt Pans 

Soak the burnt pan in a magical solution overnight.

Baking soda, vinegar and water. A perfect solution for burnt pans.

18. Clean your Cutting Board 

Clean your cutting board.Use lemons to remove stains from wood and plastic cutting boards.

Squeeze, rub and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse.

Now enjoy your house smelling like lemons. Rather than chemicals!

19. Odor Control in Refrigerator 

Use newspaper as refrigerator drawer liners.Newspapers absorb odor from vegetables.

also always place a open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to remove odor from the fridge .

20.Microwave Cleaner 

Steam clean your microwave.

Add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of hot water. Microwave it for 10 minutes.

 

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~ Prats 🙂

 

An Organized Pantry

An organized pantry comes with plenty of upsides: you can save money because you’ll know exactly what you have in stock, you might be compelled to cook more, and you can stop any bugs  in their tracks by avoiding the sticky spills and stray crumbs when everything’s packaged and sealed in containers and bags. But if you haven’t given your pantry a good clean in months (or years!), it can be a daunting task.

Once upon a time , We had  a large pantry, but it still felt like I didn’t have enough room for all the food I was buying and it was disorganized and overflowing on the shelves. Everything was being piled on top of each other and I couldn’t find anything—I would buy things I already had because I couldn’t remember what was in there.

Since the main issue with my disorganized pantry was the overflowing bags of food, I took stock of the grains, nuts, and pasta bags in my pantry and placed them in clear food containers. My advice: Divide and conquer, and take your time. “If you aren’t sure about the size, buy one at a time to test out which sizes work for you before getting a large amount of containers,” Also  You can always add more later. I bought so many and it can add up cost-wise, but think of it as an investment since you can use it for years to come and it will help you stay organized.

The results made a big difference both in terms of space and money. I’ve actually gotten more free shelf space back because I can stack the containers on top of each other and in front of each other. I can fit three times as much food on one shelf, It’s great to be able to find what I’m looking for and now that I can see everything it inspires me to cook a variety of items. When I go grocery shopping, I can visualize the bins and what was low and needed to be replenished.

For more pantry organizing ideas, here are my  best tips:

1)Keep Things Within Reach 

Avoid having your family members mess up your painstakingly-organized pantry by making the most-used items easy to find on one shelf or area. Keep the items YOU  eat on a regular basis accessible so they don’t have to move things around! PERIOD !

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2)Hang Stuff Up

Save shelf space by using an over-the-door hook to store lunch bags and soft coolers on the back of your pantry door, If you don’t have a door, you can put up temporary hooks on a blank wall to hang bags.

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3)Get Rid of Boxes

Save space by unboxing individually-wrapped items like flours and grains and gathering them in a cabinet space  marked ‘Grains ’ so you don’t have to tear apart the pantry to find them,

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4)Use the Floor Space Wisely

Always keep food off of the floor,Use the floor of your pantry for appliances, pet food, extra containers, or beverage cans.

5)Pack Away Rarely-Used Utensils / appliances 

You probably aren’t going to use your grand moms  antique channel collection / or your rarely used fruit juicer —and if it’s taking up prime pantry real estate, you’ll want to find a new home for it in your kitchen. Store appliances you use infrequently in another closet, or up on the top shelf of your pantry.

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Tips for Kitchen Organization 2016

Whether you’re ready to reorganize, take on some upgrades, or tackle a major renovation, our tips and tricks will help you make sure the busiest room in the house is also the most efficient one. Time to get cooking!

Organizing the Kitchen Checklist

An organized kitchen allows you to cook more efficiently, clean up quickly―and find everything you need instantly.

1)Take inventory.

Pull all items out of the cupboards and place on a large table. Put things into groups, creating a loose hierarchy based on how often you use the pieces.

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2)Donate or toss.

Evaluate each item. If you have three frying pans of the same size, donate one, along with anything you haven’t used in a couple of years. Discard anything that’s broken and can’t be repaired or is missing parts, like a pot without a handle.

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3)Create zones.

When putting back items, place those used for cooking and food preparation in cabinets near the stove and work surfaces; those for eating should be closer to the sink, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

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4)Create a hot zone.

Designate a place around the stove and the sink for the essentials: oil, vinegar, knives, and cutting board.

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5)Place items within reach.

If you cook frequently, keep ingredients where you will be using them: the basket of potatoes near the cutting board; sugar and flour near the stand mixer.

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6)Let usage dictate storage.

Keep frequently used cookware immediately on hand. Stow things you use every now and then, like muffin tins and cookie sheets, in a less accessible cabinet. Move items you use only once a year, like the roasting pan for the turkey, out of the kitchen altogether.

7)Organize cupboards with access in mind.

Position heavy things below the counters, lighter things above them.

8)Organize items by type.

Pots and pans should be grouped by kind and placed one inside the other, from smallest to largest. If you have room, it’s best to keep lids atop their pots or pans; otherwise, arrange them from smallest to largest and keep their partners close by. Put all the bowls in one cabinet and all the baking pans in another to ensure that you’ll always go to the right place.

9)Arrange everyday appliances.

If you have lots of counter space and cook frequently, there’s no reason to hide your small appliances. Attractive toasters and toaster ovens, blenders, food processors, coffee grinders, and coffeemakers can stay on the counter.

10)Stash less frequently used appliances.

Those that are used only once or twice a year should not occupy valuable real estate. Store them in an out-of-the-way cupboard, the garage, or the attic.

11)Put walls to work.

Hang up racks or pegs to keep favorite utensils, pot holders, and dish towels in plain sight.

12)Make recycling efficient.

Having a bin for bottles and cans right next to the one for regular trash, instead of out in the garage or in the mudroom, streamlines end-of-meal cleanup.

13)Organize under the sink.

Start by moving anything you use sporadically to the garage or pantry and throwing out anything rusted, crusted, or congealed. Consider a pull-out trash can on gliders, and door attachments that hold sponges, brushes, and plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Or corral cleaning products and supplies on one side of the cabinet in a plastic caddy, and put the trash can on the other side.

14)Contain plastic grocery bags.

Stuff them inside an empty tissue box for compact storage and easy retrieval.

15)Arrange flatware for efficiency.

Use drawer dividers and utensil trays (large enough to accommodate oversize pieces) to keep your kitchen accoutrements in order.

16)Rearrange the fridge.

Perishable foods should go at the bottom and toward the back, not on the door. The lower shelf, where it’s coldest, is best for dairy products. Produce stays fresher in a crisper drawer. Use the door to store bottled food and condiments.

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17)Organize the freezer.

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Consider making designated sections (prepared meals, vegetables, desserts). Use dividers, baskets, or multilayer ice caddies to keep containers neat and accessible. Be sure to label things.

18)Declutter yearly. 

Take an inventory of all utensils, cookware, and dishware annually. Get rid of unnecessary duplicates, items that are damaged beyond repair, or things no longer used.

 

19)Clump small things together.


Keep small kitchen items in containers, see-through bins if possible, with neat, easy-to-read labels.

Anything that was especially new or surprising to you here? Anything you’re definitely going to implement in your own kitchen? Please let me know !!

–Prats ♥♥