Kitchen

Staying organized means getting creative; especially in small spaces! My kitchen is the worst and definitely needs the most help. Here’s an awesome roundup of tips and tricks for those of you who feel like your kitchen is closing in on you! Diply has 14 fabulous ideas that will absolutely amaze you. Hello spacious kitchen!

Hopefully you find some storage inspiration here. I know that I did! I need to ‘remodel’ my cabinets. There is so much space there that I’m not using. I need to use the inside of my cabinet doors and use racks on the underside of the shelfs and not just the tops. I really love #8 too. My pantry needs almost as much help as my kitchen! Any of these stand out to you? Let me know!

I found another fun tutorial that shows how to install pull-out shelves for kitchen cabinets. Knowing you want to do it and knowing how to do it are two separate things so I thought this would come in handy someday.

Here’s the link to all 14 ideas…

Diply: 14 Space-Saving Hacks To Maximize Your Small Kitchen


Wipes

‘FYI, your kitchen is probably dirtier than a toilet seat.’ What?! Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. That is the title of an article published by Food and Wine and it is thoroughly disturbing. The sponges and dishcloths, sink, cutting board, countertop, and bottom shelf of the refrigerator need some help.

One way we can clean those germy areas is with disinfecting wipes. Germs be gone! The problem with those is that they can get spendy, even at Costco. Lucky for us that there are DIY versions. This is a fabulous tutorial! I think adding an essential oil would be nice. Maybe lemon? Just for a nice clean smell.

NSF (Public Health And Safety Organization) has some tips on how to clean those germy places. We want to keep our families healthy and safe and getting rid of germs is one way to do that. Check out their helpful tips here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Knife

An important part of cooking is having the right tools. Once you have them, proper upkeep and maintenance is important. I know that I am guilty of neglecting my appliances, especially my knives. They need to be sharp to be efficient, but how to sharpen them? I don’t want to buy any special tools. Don’t worry. You don’t have to. This video will show you what to do.

This is a great trick to know! You can sharpen knives on a ceramic mug! Or plate. Most complete sets come with sort of sharpening thing; called a honing rod I think. But this method seems easier and is great to know if you don’t have a sharpener.

P.s. You should cut a tomato with a serrated knife, not the one used in the video. Different blade styles have different uses. That’s why knives come in sets. Kitchen Knives has a list of how each should be used. Really interesting!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

kitchen charts

Whether you are new to the kitchen or a very experienced cook, everyone can benefit from some handy cheat sheets in the kitchen. Who can remember how to convert all types of volume, or what all those spices can be used for? The link below will lead you to a post that lists 20 kitchen charts which cover these items and much more!

These diagrams are so helpful and can take the guess work out of several tasks in the kitchen. Whether you are chopping up veggies or measuring ingredients, these charts can come in handy. You’ll be wanting to print out more than a few by the time you review them all. A great idea is to display them on the inside of your cupboard doors. Out of sight, but close at hand!

Here’s the link to see all 20 cheat sheets…

stove

If you’re like me then I’m sure you don’t make messes. Haha. Well, I clean then as I go and I bet you do too. After dinner I do the dishes, wipe down the counters and table, and clean up the stove. You don’t have to be an ambitions cleaner to fit that much into your routine. Neat freak or lazy cleaner, dirt and grime build up. Especially on the stove! This trick from DIY Super Mom will help you clean your stove burners in no time at all! I’m really excited to feature it and even more excited to try it.

Who has time to scrub each individual burner until they sparkle? ‘Not I,’ said the already insanely busy wife and mother. This method using ammonia and plastic bags takes care of it. This trick will be really good to hang onto for spring cleaning! I think spraying the ammonia should be done outside. Probably opening the bag too. No house should smell like that nasty stuff. Phewee.

Common Sense Homesteading has an alternative to the above method. It is all natural and uses no harsh chemicals. Everyone has different preferences so be sure and check it out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Vintage Kitchen

You won’t believe this fantastic house, featured over at The little Things. It hasn’t been lived in…ever! Built in 1965 it has been waiting for the right owner and finally has found one. The best part about that is that now we can see inside.

I love it! It’s pink and perfect and patriotic. Yes that’s right. In the 50’s the color wasn’t seen as girly at all. At the end of WWII the color was seen as joyful and patriotic because of the First Lady. It was the First Lady Mamie Eisenhower’s favorite color. Bathroom and kitchen decor was inspired by her and this particular shade was even named after her. As many as 5 million houses might have had a pink kitchen like this! What? I need to ask my Grandma about it! So cool. I love learning new things.

I couldn’t even recognize some of the appliances. It took me a minute to figure out the dishwasher and what the buttons on the stove did. I loved the fridge. It’s so amazing that all the manuals are there.

Want to learn more about Mamie? I know I do! The Miller Center has a lot of really great info.

Get the full tour inside here…

Little Things: Original 1950’s Kitchen (photos)

kitchen mastery tips

Do you want to improve your cooking skills and skills in the kitchen? Many of us would love to but simply do not have the time available to attend cooking classes or go back to school. Maybe you havea few minutes here and there to catch up on a new recipe, but to really learn some helpful kitchen tips can take some time.

Luckily we’ve found this series of infographics and diagrams that are quick to commit to memory and easy to understand. By reviewing and understanding these diagrams you will improve your cooking skills dramatically!

Learn about different types of knives and knife skills – these are skills you will use every day in the kitchen and are invaluable. Find out what to substitute for an ingredient when you are baking – a real life saver when you run out of something! The list goes on, from learning how to roast a turky to making a simple vinaigrette.

See all 12 infographics here…

Peel An Egg

If you’re a fan of hard boiled eggs and all the delicious recipes you can make with them then you’re no stranger to the hassle that is peeling them. It can take forever and the eggs come out slightly mangled. Don’t even get me started on gross sticky egg filled fingernails! Eww! This kitchen hack is hands free and takes only seconds! I can’t wait to try it! I just wish I’d known it last week when I made deviled eggs. Sad. But I’m going to remember it for next time for sure!

One word…wow! What an eggcellent method for peeling eggs. 3 seconds of shaking in ½ an inch of water and voila! Another trick when making hard boiled eggs, don’t use with super fresh eggs. That makes them even harder to peel (even with this method)! Now that you know the easiest way to peel eggs, here is the perfect egg salad recipe. You have Serious Eats to thank for this yummy treat.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Protect Your Cast Iron

What’s the big deal with cast iron? They can be scary pans until you figure them out. What kind of pan can’t be cleaned with soap? And some people don’t even clean then with water! Once you figure them out you will love them and never go back! I love mine because it gets hot so quickly (perfect for searing), distributes heat evenly, can and go from stovetop to oven. Cast iron pans also have a natural nonstick surface as long as cared for properly. No BPA, PFOA, or other harmful carcinogens are present!

These pans are wonderful, but sadly they don’t always stay wonderful. Don’t worry if you mess yours up! You can recondition it or re-season it. It takes some canola oil and a hot oven. A few hours at 250 degrees and it will be as good as new.

If you’re worried about protecting your other pots and pans, The Kitchn is always a good source of information!

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

cut onions without crying

Cooking is a labor of love. I’ve poured sweat and tears into my dishes and after a lot of work they have come out masterful works of edible art. A lot of the crying has probably been from onions. Pesky veggies! Thanks to this tip from Jack Scalfani there won’t be any more tears in my casseroles. The part of the onion that causes tears is the root; the bulb and gas that gather inside it. Crazy! He shows us how to get rid of that part of the onion without any fuss or mess.

I’ve cut onions under water, while chewing gum, and while wearing goggles. They all work but I’m curious to try this method. (I’m always looking for bigger and better!) My contacts seem to shield my eyes pretty well right now but I don’t always wear them. I’ve heard you can bite on a match or paper towel and that the onion fumes will go there instead of your eyes. Interesting! Here are some other hacks from Distractify that you need to check out…

Here’s the video…Enjoy!