A Dream Kitchen Appliance

If you could design your dream kitchen, what would be the thing you’d be most excited about? Would it be a refrigerator that could connect to the internet, or a dishwasher that adjusts water based on the weight of your load? For independent entrepreneurs Rebecca and Craig, it was all about the sink.

While it still fits in with their more decorative and upscale kitchen remodel, Rebecca and Craig’s sink was inspired by restaurants and their utilitarian versions of home kitchen models. Restuarant sinks have to be large, versitile, and convertable, and that’s exactly what the New York couple got installed.

Craig, who used to work in a kitchen, made sure the width of their sink was large enough to hold sheet pans, so it could double as an extra surface. Bonus: they also found colanders in sheet-pan-size to rinse fresh produce. It also means the entire sink can be covered by butcher block when they’re not using it, which makes for even more counter space, plus it gives the whole area a very cool, distinctly non-kitchen vibe.

However, the coolest part of the sink is that it’s sides are angled, which means that it can be used as a dish drainer if need be! It was designed for Rebecca and Craig by Johan Pregerson, and they couldn’t be happier with it! What does your dream kitchen look like?

How To Use Mason Jars To Organize Your Kitchen

Mason jars are the ultimate example of utility meets design. In addition to their usefulness for storing a variety of different foods and items, their design perfectly compliments most kitchens and living spaces. Here are some tips for making the most out of your mason jars.

Storing spices

Mason jars are perfect for storing spices. With a mason jar, the contents are always visible, so no more rummaging through cabinets and trying to read the labels on tiny spice bottles.

Storing dry goods

Conventional methods for storing dried goods aren’t always perfect. A bag or a box to hold your flour and yeast is great until pests or moisture finds it’s way inside. Mason jars can be sealed, so they’ll protect your dried goods far more efficiently from the elements and unwanted pests.

Muffin-tin liner storage

Keep your muffin-tin liners clean and easily accessible by storing them in mason jars.

Herb storage

Keeping your fresh herbs in a mason jar will help keep them safe and fresh. Just fill the jar halfway with water and place a plastic ziploc bag over the top. Your herbs will stay greener for much longer as a result.

Utensil organizer

Mason jars are perfect for keeping your utensils organized and visible. Hang them up on the wall, or organize them on a counter for easy access.

Food preparation

If you cook a lot, you could definitely benefit from a little food prep. You can use a mason jar to store some chopped onions, mixed vegetables, or salad ingredients. This way, next time you need to cook, many of your important ingredients are already pre-prepared.

Keeping Your Lunch Container Clean

It’s easy to forget to give your lunch box a thorough wash every once in awhile, after all, you probably use it less often than a purse or backpack, and you probably don’t wash those everyday. However, when you consider the fact that your lunch box holds the food that you ingest everyday, your reasoning for not washing it more often starts not adding up. No one wants their food to come in contact with tons of bacteria, but the moisture filled environment of a lunchbox is the perfect place for bacteria to fester. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make sure that your lunchbox stays relatively clean.

Always use non-leaky containers

You don’t have to throw away your older containers that have a few cracked lids or broken seals, just refrain from using them to pack your lunch. Leaky containers can allow their contains to easily spill out into your lunchbox. Moreover if anything in your lunchbox spills, a cracked container isn’t going to do much to protect your food.

Wash your containers ASAP

Maybe you aren’t in a location where you can wash your lunch containers/utensils right away, but as soon as you are, wash them. The longer you leave your food in there to fester, the more likely it is to attract germs and bacteria.

Remove everything from your lunchbox when you get home

Throw away any trash, remove any containers, and make sure the interior of the lunch box is free of crumbs and debris

Wash your lunch box daily

Give your lunch box a good wash with some soap and water. If it’s more convenient, you can give it a thorough wipe down with a wet paper towel. Once your done, be sure to allow the lunch box to air dry until you need to use it again. This will prevent any moisture from getting trapped in your lunch box and attracting bacteria.

4 Tips For Being An Efficient Cook

The best cooks usually never waste any time minute looking for something. For them, the kitchen is just an extension of themselves, and being able to quickly locate a tool that they need and keep on cooking is the most important aspect of their process. Of course, in order to reach this level of efficiency, one has to be extremely organized. Here are a few things you can do to mimic the efficiency of a good cook.

Plan your meals in advance

Planning your meals saves you tons of time that you might otherwise have spent running back and forth to the grocery store. You also end up wasting a lot less food since you’ll know exactly how much food you need and when you’ll need it. Take a half hour or so and plan out your meals for the week, it’s time well spent.

Create a work triangle

Separate your kitchen space into appropriate zones. Most people have a fridge, a stove, and a sink in their kitchen. Maybe these appliances aren’t necessarily set up in a triangle, but they don’t have to be, they just need to be easy to navigate towards. Remove any obstructions in your kitchen that get in the way of you moving between appliances.

Put your things in areas that make sense

If you store/place things in the locations that you use them most often, you’ll cut down on time spent grabbing the things you need from far away locations, which in turn increases your efficiency.

Put things back where you found them

We’ve all spent a few extra minutes looking for a spice that wasn’t in the spice cabinet, or a pot that wasn’t in the pot cabinet. This normally comes about as a result of taking something out from it’s usual spot, and then just setting it down in a random, convenient location. If you’ll take the extra couple of seconds it takes to put something back where it’s supposed to be, you’ll save yourself a lot of headache the next time you need it.

Home Organization Tips For Your Work Week

After cooking a large meal or getting back home from a hard day’s work, most people just want to take a warm shower and slip into bed. Any other work that still needs to be done can be taken care of in the morning right? Except our morning’s can be pretty busy too, and too often, things we should’ve taken care of are left to be done at the very last minute. Needless to say, this isn’t conducive to an organized lifestyle. Luckily, there’s an easy fix for this. If you commit to organizing a few things each day of the week before you get to bed (unfailingly!), you can ensure a much more organized and efficient life.

Monday

Monday nights are for spices and the rest of your cooking pantry. After a full week of pulling out ingredients and hurriedly shoving things back into a your cabinet/drawer, all of your spices and oils are in complete disarray. If you’re like most people, at least a ⅓ of your spices are ones you’ll never even use anyway. Take some time every Monday to arrange your pantry, make a shopping lists of spices you’ve run out of, and throw out the ones you don’t use.

Tuesdays

Take stock of all of your pots and pans. Get rid of the ones you don’t use, and arrange the others in easy to find spots.

Wednesday

Hopefully you run out of cleaning supplies every so often. Don’t wait till you really need that bottle of Windex to realize you’ve run out, take stock of your cleaning supplies every Wednesday night and re-up on what you’ve run out of.

Thursday

After several days of cooking, your fridge probably has a decent amount of leftovers. Again, don’t wait till you’re running out of space to throw away leftovers you won’t ever eat. Rearrange and throw away whatever you don’t expect to eat later.

Friday

This can be your off day if you don’t drink, but if you do, organize the booze!