Do you spend a lot of time cooking and preparing meals in the kitchen? Do you like mixing drinks or heating up a hot plate of food after a warm day, gathering around the table with your family, and enjoying a comfortable evening? Most Americans do! Everyone uses their kitchen to some degree, and even if you aren’t a fan of cooking, odds are you’ve stepped into your kitchen at least once today. You are familiar with where everything is and how everything works.
But…did you know you might be using your kitchen all wrong? At LEICHT LA, we’ve started to notice that some of the most common ways that people use tools and clean up might not actually be the best way to do things. Take a look at what we’ve discovered and follow our tips to help you break those bad habits and form more productive ones.
1. No Grease Down the Drain
What do you do right after you’ve just cooked something in your pan? Well, you probably bring the pan to the sink, right? You use the water to wash away the oil and grease residue as well as food particles that stuck to the surface during cooking.
It turns out that adding grease to your drain can actually be pretty detrimental to your pipes. Have you notice your sink getting clogged? Or maybe it clogs more often than you’d like? It could be due to this problem. Grease becomes solid after it cools down, making a buildup of gunk and other junk in your drain.
Dislodge those pipes and wipe grease residue into your trash can the next time you cook a meal.
2. Dirty Plates in the Dishwasher?
You may think to yourself, “but that’s what dishwashers are for!”, but there is a right way and a wrong way to load up your dirty plates. Most people actually do it the wrong way. If your plates still have crumbs and food particles stuck to them, they shouldn’t be immediately put into the dishwasher. You still need to take the time to get rid of all the food particles, or else they will just get stuck to other dishes during the wash. BestLife suggests scraping food particles into the trash instead of rinsing them down the drain.
3. Knives Should be Stored Separately
It’s common for people to store knives in their cutlery drawer, along with the spoons and forks. But sharp knives have a really rough time in there – no pun intended! Every time you open and close that drawer, the sharp knives get jostled around a little bit, which can cause them to dull way faster than they should.
Not only should you store knives in a separate area (like hanging them on a rack or getting a knife block) to prevent them from getting dull, but also to prevent yourself from accidentally getting cut when you reach into that drawer. Ouch!
4. Don’t Open the Oven Door While it’s Baking
You are eager for your meal or your cake to be finished – trust us, we know the feeling! But one thing you should never do is open the oven door to check on it while it’s still cooking. This immediately makes the oven lose heat, and it can ruin the final result of the dish you’ve been working so hard on. In some cases, you can even lose up to 100 degrees of temperature just by leaving the oven door open for a minute or so. Not only will it take your food so much longer to cook after that, but it also may not even be cooked all the way through after all.
5. Fridge Door Storage is Not Cool – it’s Warm
Everyone stores items in the door of the fridge. But the essentials should never be put there. This is simply due to the fact that a fridge door is significantly less cold than the center of the fridge, where all your perishable products can thrive. Keep the delicate items like dairy, meet, and eggs out from the fridge door and into the middle of the rack. The side door can be used for other things like drinks and sauces!
Rearrange Your Kitchen Habits Today!
The best way to nip those bad habits in the bud and start using your kitchen the right way is with a collection of state-of-the-art appliances and cabinets sold at a great price. Our kitchen design experts are available to answer any of your questions about a kitchen’s form, function, and design. For more info about what we have to offer, or to find out more about the best ways to use your kitchen, contact us online today. You can also give us a call at (310) 360-0390 during our office hours to schedule your kitchen consultation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!