If you are used to living in a home where the kitchen is large and spacey and can fit just about anything you can think about, then embrace yourself for a bit of a challenge if you are about to move into a new place which has a tiny kitchen instead.
Switching from a large to a small kitchen can be tricky, yet Paul Burton Perfect Blades has gathered a few expert ideas and tips to make this feat easier to handle…
1. Prep Before Cooking
Learning to properly prepare every ingredient, instrument, and herb requires a need for cooking that is essential in a tiny kitchen. You can’t spread out all over the place, dicing carrots on one side and slicing tomatoes on the other. The limited space is not much of a setback by properly preparing all ingredients, spices, and other items being used ahead of time. Place all diced, sliced, minced or other ingredients in plastic wrap, small bowls, or on a cutting board, depending on the volume and number of ingredients you will be using. Remember that if using prep bowls, be ready to wash them as you go while making your meal, in order to limit the clutter and make more space for cooking.
2. Get a Big Cutting Board
It may not sound logical to get a big cutting board for a tiny kitchen, but apart from the fact that you can sort prepared ingredients on a cutting board before cooking, you can also use the board itself as counter space. Place it on top of the oven (when not in use) or on top of the sink.
3. Set Up a Garbage Bowl
When preparing a meal, it is useful to set up a garbage bowl to easily throw out any scrap. This will help keep your tiny cooking space tidy and in order, without the constant need to remove each piece of trash, refuse, or clutter.
4. Use Tiered Racks as Prep/Storage Space
Use tiered racks for cooling as a space to place prepped ingredients for your meal, a place to keep the bowl for scraps, or any other beneficial use during the cooking process.
5. Take Advantage of Empty Wall Space
Use empty wall space in the kitchen for vertical or horizontal storage of various items, such as cookbooks, spices, pots and pans, tools, among many others. Be creative with every bit of empty space you have. However, be sure it doesn’t become too cumbersome and difficult to move around and use.
6. Use Magnets
You can use magnetic containers to keep spices in, then attach them to the fridge door, or use a magnetic hanger in the kitchen for hand towels or oven mitts. There are nice and safe magnets available for storing kitchen knives as well.
7. Do Not Overstock
This may take some getting used to, especially if you are used to having a big kitchen with lots of storage space. Remember to minimize the number and type of goods and items kept in stock in a smaller kitchen. Take out and store only essential kitchen tools and accessories which are used daily. The others, such as manual knife sharpeners or cookie cutters should be stored away and taken out only when necessary. The same goes for kitchen utensils, cups, dishes, among others.
8. Clean While Cooking
Keeping the kitchen clean and the workspace organized while cooking is essential, especially if it is small and space is limited. Remember to wash any pots and utensils used you use as you go so you don’t end up with piles of kitchenware and dishes, with no space for the food by the end of the process!
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