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Category Archives: Kitchen and Pantry
Keeping vegetable juice on hand can speed up healthy meal preparation. Try simmering cauliflower in carrot juice until tender, adding whatever other flavors you like (it’s great with just salt and maybe butter): eat it as-is or purée for a … Continue reading
Many people inadvertently collect far more plastic storage containers – and mismatched lids – than they’ll ever use. Beat clutter and regain some space in your kitchen by donating or tossing out all but your favorites, and be realistic about … Continue reading
Clean out your kitchen spice collection. If you haven’t used a particular item for three months or longer, consider throwing it away: most ground spices have fairly brief lifespans and will have lost their flavors by then, although whole spices … Continue reading
Keep your favorite cooking tools in a convenient spot, like a utensil holder or wall-mounted hanger (mounted low enough for easy access, of course). Storing them in drawers means they’ll get tangled, which leads to frustration and sometimes even injury.
Consider acquiring a few new hang-ups. It’s much easier to hang frequently-used kitchen utensils on your wall (at a comfortable height) than it is to rummage through a crowded drawer. Julia Child used a pegboard, but you could try a … Continue reading
If you’re planning to be home during the day, start cooking early so that you’re not too tired to prepare a healthy dinner. For instance, put on a pot of dried beans, or toss a couple of sweet potatoes in … Continue reading
How many pots and pans do you need? Many of us have cupboards cluttered with rarely-used cookware. If it’s an item you need only rarely, like a turkey roaster or a pressure canner, store it somewhere that won’t interfere with … Continue reading
Did you know that you’re less likely to injure yourself using a sharp knife than an dull one? Dull blades – and this also applies to scissors, lawnmowers, and other sharp tools – force you to push harder to cut … Continue reading
Cooking food in advance or storing leftovers? Label containers before refrigerating or freezing them: the item’s name and the date it was prepared are essential, but if allergens are an issue in your household, make sure to include that information, … Continue reading