Cooking is an activity that can feed both body and soul. But when each recipe must be prepared in a cramped kitchen, it can quickly become an unpleasant task to muscle through quickly instead of savoring the process. While more new homes and apartments are now being built with better kitchen sizes and designs, many older apartments and homes have kitchens that are barely functional in design, while being far too small in size. If you want to fully enjoy cooking for family and friends but are stuck with a kitchen that is killing your creative juices, the following tips can help you breathe new life into your cooking space and your food.
Clear counter space
While small kitchens certainly have an inadequate amount of counter space, it is important to make sure that you can access as much of the space as possible. To do this effectively, take a look at your counter tops and then make proactive plans to help you get and keep them clear. If small appliances are currently hogging all the space, take a moment to consider each one and see if there are some that are used infrequently or not at all. By removing these and either rehoming them or storing them in another location, your counters will instantly become more accessible for food preparation.
Get more from your kitchen's sink and range top
Another way to make more food preparation space in a tiny kitchen is to invest in a couple of large, light-weight cutting boards or sturdy trays. When more work space is needed, simply place the cutting boards or trays over the sink and range top to make two additional sturdy work surfaces. Remember to choose sizes that will be large enough to cover the sink opening or range top, yet be thin enough to slide into the crack between your fridge and the wall for convenient storage when not in use.
Hang pots, pans, lids, and ingredients
Another excellent way to instantly gain more space in a small kitchen is to choose hanging storage for pots, pans, and lids, as well as ingredients, such as spices, wine, and cooking oils. A hanging lid and pot rack can easily hold large items that would otherwise take up too much cabinet space in a small kitchen. In a similar fashion, choosing hanging storage and display racks for spice jars, cooking oil decanters, and your wine collection is sure to make more room in your cabinets for all the ingredients and accessories you need to cook your next feast!
Hi there, my name is Marcy Dillinger. Welcome to my site about using spices in your recipes. When I was in college, I only had salt and pepper on hand to season my meals. The result was a rather bland culinary experience. Since then, I have filled my cupboards with spices from all around the world. I use a blend of spices in each meal I create to give the meat, produce and other ingredients amazing flavor profiles. I will use this site to talk about the different ways you all can use spices to cook your favorite meals. Please come by again soon.