Monthly Archives: March 2012

Use Waste bins in kitchen and keep it clean

Waste bins are of different designs and styles. A lot of variety for waste bin exists from which you can select the most appropriate one. It is up to you, which one you like. Each of the type is offered as a different price rate. Some of the waste bins are offered as shelves or roll out or pull out waste bins. The installation of waste bins in the kitchen is a useful way of discharging off the trash. Waste bins are responsible for keeping all the trash and hence once stored, ensures a safe and a healthy environment, later on.18 Quart Canvas Bag

Some of the waste containers are those, which are designed with the use of plastic bags. The Replacement bin containers are used in the kitchen which offers a wide variety of features. These bins are used as counter top waste containers. You can place them in the cabinet and then can easily access them and throw waste in it. This bin is designed for trash but it is quite unique in nature. Mostly the medical or the retail users make use of such waste bins but it can be of use in homes as well, due to its designing. This waste bin is available in 11 and 13 litre sizes only.

Apart, there are various other types of waste bins available in the market. Another such type of waste is Single Trash Pullout. This type of waste bin also offers you with various services. The bin is design as a single plastic bin unit in which you can throw a lot of waste. The bin is developed for use as a top mount one but it is an expensive one. This bin is available in platinum and white colors only. No other type of colours is found in it. Its weight is low. The bin comes as a single unit that is designed for installation in a cabinet. It works in the same way as the pull out cabinets work. The bin is not fixed in the cabinet. It is replaceable. You can put any other bin in it as well but only if the size is same. If you want to have a separate bins, than you can buy them from the market but mostly the bins are installed in the area. All types of bins are of greater help for most of the people, as it helps you to keep all the trash at one place. Throwing of the waste at any other place also becomes easy. No problems are encountered with waste bins in the kitchen.4 Bin Trash Pull Out

However, there are various things that you need to take into account, before buying all the aforementioned sort of waste bins. You should select the bin according to the size of the area and thus cost of the bin is another important factor which is taken into account, while purchasing it. The material of the bin should be of stainless steel, which provides effective results to people.

Pull Out Shelves

Did you know that you can improve the value of your home with pull out shelves to your already existing cabinets? When it is difficult to organize your kitchen because of inefficient kitchen cabinets, it can be quite distracting and make it impossible to arrange correctly. It is not all that difficult to install a pullout shelf in the kitchen area without any major changes. The benefits of pull out shelves have been seen in homes for decades, and they continue to be popular with homeowners who are trying to get and stay organized.Base Pull Out Double Shelf

Pull out shelves are known by a variety of names like slide out shelves, pantry shelves, roll out shelves, and the list goes on. The main purpose of this type of shelf is to give access to the farthest reaches of the cabinets with easy with just a touch, and without having to reach or stoop and bend. The best thing about a pullout shelf is that they are completely covered when the cabinet doors are closed.

Maximize Kitchen Drawer Space by Storing Utensils Diagonally

Maximize Kitchen Drawer Space by Storing Utensils Diagonally.

Fridge-Less Produce Preservers – The Save Food From the Refrigerator Project Saves Energy (GALLERY)

SAVE FOOD FROM THE REFRIGERATOR

The Save Food From the Refrigerator project offers a unique way to preserve produce without storing them in the fridge. A series of wooden shelves accommodates particular foods in such a way that they don’t ripen too quickly. Since the fridge expends a significant amount of energy, this alternative is as eco-friendly as it is fresh.

Conceived by Korean designer Jihyun Ryou, the Save Food From the Refrigerator project uses natural ways to preserve the food. For instance, root vegetables like carrots and onions are staked into a pile of sand that can be watered while eggs are rested on the wood shelves next to a container of water that people use to check how fresh they are (if they sink, they are still good to eat).

Fridge-Less Produce Preservers – The Save Food From the Refrigerator Project Saves Energy (GALLERY).

Cutting Boards That are a Cut Above The Rest

Bobby Flay performing a cooking demonstration ...

Bobby Fay Performing on Iron Chef

One of the most misunderstood kitchen accessories in the world is the cutting board.  One of the reason it is so misunderstood is because its misleading properties.   It is a kitchen accessory that have a lot of uses, including the most common use, cutting, but there are safe rules that are involved, as well as the most intriguing rules.

Types of surfaces.   For years people have argued which is safer, wood or plastic and each have their pros and cons.   Wood is porous, and has been known to self-heal, but on the other hand, plastic is more decorative, and is dishwasher safe.  It is up to the cook to decided which is safer for their household to use on a daily basis.

How many is too many.   With all items, cutting boards tend to grow and multiply within the home.  The kitchen accessory makes a wonderful gift for a new couple, as well as a wonderful house-warming gift.  On the subject on how many to use, a person can have a cutting board for preparing meats, fish, and poultry, another one for vegetables and fruits, while three one can be used to cut breads or use as a cheese board.  Beyond that amount, it is time to declutter that down to three.

Decorations.   Beyond the cutting aspects of the cutting board, if a person must have more than three, consider these uses.

–          Work surface for a hobby.

–          An aid for centerpieces to set candles and dried flowers on a display table for either entertaining, craft shows, or foods.

–          To hold lotions, perfumes in the bathroom.

These uses are best to keep that cutting board away from the kitchen.

Known fact:  the Japanese hold all kitchen accessories in high respect.   In 2000, Bobby Flay accepted an invitation to the cooking show, Iron Chef.   Towards the end of the show, while cooking against Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Bobby chucked a cutting board onto the floor of kitchen stadium, and stood on top of the cooking surface to show that he was finished cooking.   Since this was being displayed in front of a live studio audience of Japanese people, there was an outrage throughout kitchen stadium.   Afterwards, Bobby apologized, and today the two are best of friends, and Morimoto owns restaurants in the United States, and cooks as an American Iron Chef show.

Kitchen Organization 101: It’s all in the basics

Modern kitchen

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Welcome to 2012 and the month of January.   January has been declared National Organization Month.   Kitchens have become one of the most popular places to gather in the home.   The family eats here, bill paying and homework is often done in the kitchen, as well as whole parties can be entertained here.   The last thing that anyone wants is a disorganized kitchen.  If the kitchen is looking a mess, get organized this year.  So it is important to do some kitchen organization in the home.  Here are some tips on how it can be done:

  • The Pantry and the refrigerator:   these two items are the most important part of kitchen organization.   The reason being is food is stored in these areas.  It has often been suggested by the experts that like items be grouped together (can goods go with can goods, spices with spices, and so forth) for easy access.   Also keep in mind expiration dates, especially on can goods.   Kitchen organizing should not be hard to keep up in this area.  Make it easy on oneself and check all foods when reorganizing.   If the “Use by” date is shown, place those items up front, otherwise, group by like items and use as soon as possible.
  • Pots, pans, and dishes:  Pots and pans can be neatly placed on the shelf of a lower cabinet or oversized drawer, while dishes can be place in an upper cabinet with or without the door.  A trend that started in the late ‘90s for kitchen organization is open shelving.   Open shelving can be done in the cabinet or the cabinet can be removed, and shelves are put in place of the cabinet.  There is a catch; it has to be kept up.   The best place to keep pots and pans is near the stove, oven or microwave.   No room for pots and pans?  Place the pots and pans inside the oven, but remember to always take them out before turning the oven on.
  • The Desk:  Today, more and more kitchens have room to pay the bills and/or to do homework.   This is also called the family center.  Place folders of the following:  Things to do, to pay, to read, and file 13 (waste bins).  Things to do are calendar activities that go on the calendar such as doctor’s appointments, school appointments, meetings, and important phone numbers.  Always list the person’s name beside the event, and always check the calendar.   Likewise, keep the date on a planner in the purse or wallet and on a smartphone.   To pay are the bills due, subscriptions dues, and memberships due to be renewed and paid.   To read are things that need to be read and acted on, such as a note from a teacher, a boss, or instructions from a doctor.  Once those are read, it is best to file them away for further reference.   File 13 are waste bins.   Every day, people get tons of junk mail from all sorts of resources: school sales, buy this item, go to this event, and those “you may already won” envelope.   If it is of no interest, toss in the waste bins.  Do not open it, just toss.   Also it is a good idea to have an “in” “out” box.  Mail goes in to be taken care of and mail gets ready to go out for the mailbox.
  • Other zones:  other zones in the kitchen organization process can be a
    • Coffee bar.  Place coffee filters (including those that contain coffee), sugar packs, Non-dairy creamers and other coffee products in an kitchen accessories such as bins, and baskets.   Place other items such as cups, mugs, stirrers, and small napkins.  This is also great for a dinner party.
    • Snack area.   To keep kids (and adults too) from rambling, create a snack bar with the family’s favorite treats, using the same concept as the coffee bar.
    • Breakfast bar.   This can be an extension of the coffee bar.   Have a cereal station next to it (but not far from the fridge for easy access to the milk and fruit) instant breakfast bar.

Once the kitchen is cleaned and organized, as well as the areas of the kitchen are mapped out, there will be no more chaos.   Use this same techniques for the rest of the home and everything can and will work out fine.

Kitchen Cabinet Options

English: A fitted kitchen

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The kitchen is a special place in most homes. It’s where food is stored, prepared and served. It also acts as the main meeting place for many households. Meals aren’t only prepared in the kitchen, sometimes they are served there as well, so it needs to look as homely as possible and be as functional as it needs to be for the person who spends most of their days over a countertop. A special place like that requires special decor that will serve enhance its functionality.

Cabinets are installed in the kitchen to hold food and other supplies. They’ll have shelves and drawers to organise things. They can be designed to hold more than just the dishware, silverware and a food items.  They are more than places that you commit your dishes to between meals. You can display special designed crystal and dishes by having glass doors instead of solid doors. They need to be designed with good depth and height so that things can fit.  They can be installed above and below counters, fitted with pull out shelves or a Lazy-Suzan to make reaching things easy.

You can create a variety of environments with the type of cabinets you put in your kitchen. Maybe your house came with a pre-fitted kitchen that suited you when you first moved in and as you settled into your new home, you’ve had to move things around you to create the atmosphere you want and to better serve your use of the kitchen.  When you are thinking of changing the cabinets in your kitchen, the changes you make should solve whatever issues you have with the cabinetry.

Is it space that you are looking for?  Then you need to consider the entire kitchen as a room and how you can maximise the space around you to get the most of it. Maybe there is a space between the ceiling and the top of the last cabinet that you can use. Some cabinetry is made with movable shelves. You can fit a Lazy-Suzan in a cabinet that has deep shelves. A Lazy-Suzan is a contraption that has circular shelves rotating on a vertical axis so that you can get to things in the cabinets by pushing on the shelf so that it rotates, when closed it looks like two cabinets placed at right angles. A custom-made cabinet will offer all the solutions you need as it will be specifically designed for you and your kitchen.