- Grocery sales in the United States grew 83 percent in March.
- More cooking at home might call for a more organized kitchen.
- Planning meals and clearing out your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer can make your time in the kitchen easier.
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体育投注网址With less dining out and more at-home meals taking place, your kitchen may be working overtime and busting at the seams with groceries.
体育投注网址According to , grocery sales in the United States grew 83 percent for the 2 weeks ending March 22.
体育投注网址“An organized kitchen makes it easier to cook solo and bring your family to cook together. When all family members know where the tools are, the preparation is easy to accomplish and share responsibilities. An organized kitchen helps you feel more comfortable preparing your meals for you and your family,” , certified professional organizer, told Healthline.
体育投注网址Here are 6 simple tips to help you get your kitchen optimally organized:
A lot goes into preparing three meals a day, so come up with a plan and be as consistent as possible, Delap said.
体育投注网址“Write up your menu to be sure you have all the ingredients and plan for each meal. Get organized for your online grocery shopping to cut down on trips. You can order 7 days at a time for most fresh produce. Plan a ‘cafeteria style’ leftovers meal once a week. It cuts down on preparation and uses up leftovers,” she said.
, celebrity chef and NY Times bestselling author, agreed. She suggested buying ingredients that can be used in multiple recipes.
Each week, Alexander said she buys a couple of her favorite lean proteins, such as chicken breast, lean ground turkey, frozen wild salmon or cod, and plenty of vegetables, including fresh kale, cabbage, and broccoli.
“[These] are going to last a lot longer than most leafy greens like spinach and arugula,” Alexander told Healthline.
Once you add some healthy grains to your list like quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and corn tortillas, she said it’s easy to morph them into meals using pantry staples, such as beans, olives, olive oil, vinegar, salsas, and spice blends.
“For instance, I’d make one night. Then a brown rice bowl with the chicken the next,” she said.
When you bring your groceries home from the store and before you start cooking, wash your hands and place your groceries on a clean surface near the sink.
Delap suggested dividing your cleaning products into categories: daily or weekly use and backup storage.
“Daily or weekly use are easily accessed under a sink in the kitchen. Back up storage locations include the laundry room, an auxiliary closet, or a tall shelf just inside the garage door to the house,” she said.
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After the countertop is clean, Delap said to wipe down the exterior of product cartons, and wash fruits and vegetables. Then wipe down your countertops after putting away your groceries.
When Alexander gets home from the store, she said she first removes all the twist-ties from herbs and washes and dries them thoroughly to prolong their life.
体育投注网址“I cut up a few days’ worth of fruit and veggies so I can quickly grab them to snack on or put in salads,” she said.
体育投注网址During meal prep, Delap said to make sure you have some fun throughout the process, especially if you’re involving kids.
“There are meals focusing on a country, i.e., Italian or Mexican, which include not only the food of the country, [but] learning about the country itself, dressing up for the meal in that country’s attire, and learning the language of that country. I have seen a family luau, a fancy restaurant dinner where the parents are the wait staff, and family picnics for dinner,” she said.
- Remove food debris, such as bones or seeds and any other kind of waste, such as toothpicks or paper. These can damage the dishes, create noise, or cause a product malfunction.
- Place smaller items such as glasses, cups, saucers, mugs, and dishwasher-safe plastic items on the upper rack.
- Place larger items including pots and pans on the bottom rack.
- Use all of your dishwasher’s features and configure it to what will work best for each load. Remember to use your dishwasher’s features, such as foldable, adjustable, or removable parts, if it has them.
- Face the dirtiest side of each dish toward the center of the dishwasher. Anything that’s open, like a pot or a cup, face down so water can spray up into it. And make sure there’s enough space between the dishes.
- Spin the spray nozzles by hand after loading is complete. If any of your dishes are sticking out (like pot handles) and blocking the nozzles from spinning freely, rearrange them.
- Perform routine cleaning by gently wiping down the outside of the dishwasher and control panel with a soft, damp cloth. Once the outside is clean, clean the filter. For the final step, place an 8-ounce cup of distilled white vinegar in the lower basket, and then run a sanitize cycle.
- For a deep clean, remove the nozzles and filter and soak them overnight in distilled white vinegar. This will remove any mineral deposits and grime that have clogged up or are causing an odor.