Space Saving Ideas for Family Kitchens

Time, money and space. Three things that we can all do with more of, most of the time. The heart of the home is said to be the kitchen, and as such, it tends to get overstuffed with the kids’ pictures, Tupperware, and all the other trappings of a busy family home. There are some simple ways to save space in the kitchen though.

 

Scale it down. You might think you need a big fridge, or a large cooker, in fact, you are probably adamant you need that size, but the chances are you would manage perfectly well with a more compact refrigerator. We tend to fill the space we have, and it doesn’t mean we are filling it well. If your burner is huge, but you’re mostly using 1 or 2 per dinner (save for large gatherings or festive holidays), then you are giving away excellent countertop space there.

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Put it on the wall. If you have a lot of pots and pans, or even if you are in the middle of growing an herb garden, you can make the most of the wall space you have available by adding some racks and some S hooks. You might be surprised how much extra space you can create in cupboards and drawers by moving things around a bit. You can add multiple racks or magnetic strips and make it almost into some wall art.

 

Many cabinets stop short of the ceiling, by about a foot. Tempting to throw things up there but it probably looks relatively messy. Choosing to have cabinets that reach all the way to the top. This style of cabinets look neater too, plus they make use of space you maybe couldn’t fit anything in before.

 

Throw it out. Be utterly ruthless. If you haven’t used it in a while, or perhaps never, if the parts are missing, if it was a wedding gift 20 years ago, but still, it’s gathering dust – throw it out. We tend to become hoarders without even noticing, and kitchen appliances, cutlery sets, mismatched dining sets all have a part to play. The good china is probably something you want to keep and hand down to your kids but after that? Throw the clutter out.

 

Roll out pantry cabinets are the bee’s knees. They save you having to use one whole cabinet, and when you are done using it, it rolls away into tiny spaces that you likely couldn’t have used any other way.

 

Install some vertical shelves. If you have some cabinets that could be used a bit better, consider installing the shelves vertically. Ideal for chopping boards, muffin trays, and saucepans. You can probably double the space by doing it this way.

 

If you just want to add space without too much effort, shelf risers are the way to go. They are cheap and immediately give you more space in almost any cabinet size. You can also add storage to the inside of your cupboard doors. If the shelves are set back a little but you can store spices and so on without much effort.

 

The Best International Cuisines For Vegetarians

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Lots of vegetarians think that traveling will be made especially difficult because of their special dietary restrictions. They think that it will be difficult to find vegetarian-friendly restaurants and cafes in a foreign country and that they could very easily end up eating meat by mistake.

 

Thankfully, though, that is rarely the case, and most countries are actually quite welcoming to non-meat eaters. But, before you set off on your travels, it’s worth trying to cook some international cuisines in your own home to try and get a sense of the different meals you can come to expect on your travels. Here are some ideas for some very vegetarian-friendly cuisines. Why not head off to one of these countries if you really enjoy their cooking?!

 

Thai

Most Asian cuisines are perfect for vegetarians as there are lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Thai cuisine is no different, and you will find that there are lots of different vegetable curries that you might want to try. In fact, just like with curries from China and Japan, you can easily substitute the meat in a recipe for some veggies or tofu. In fact, sweet potato and aubergine work very well in Thai curries indeed!

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Japanese

 

Japan is known for all of its great seafood dishes, so it’s ideal if you are a pescetarian. But even if you would prefer not to eat fish, there are still recipes you can choose. In fact, sushi doesn’t have to contain any fish at all! California sushi rolls are made without fish, for example. If you like the idea of making ramen too, you will also be able to find plenty of veggie recipes by doing a quick Google search.

 

Middle Eastern

 

Have you ever tried Middle Eastern cuisine? It’s really yummy and features a lot of vegetarian staples, such as hummus and flatbreads. People from the Middle East also eat lots of great salads, such as tabbouleh and fattoush, which you should find easy enough to prepare yourself at home. In fact, the Middle Eastern cuisine is so good for vegetarians, that it is even a great option for vegans. Even though most recipes call for cheeses, especially goats cheese, vegans can leave this out to enjoy a plant-based meal.

 

 

Spanish

 

Spanish is renowned for a cuisine that focuses a lot on meats. After all, the country is famous for its ham and most dishes contain chicken, pork, or seafood. Thankfully, though, it can be incredibly simple to turn some traditionally meat-heavy dishes into delicious vegetarian creations. For instance, when it comes to Spain’s famous paella, you just need to leave out any of the meat and seafood mentioned in the recipe. Spanish omelets are also easily transformed into vegetarian meals – you just need to leave out any meat and replace it with some extra veggies!

 

As you can see, then, there are loads of vegetarian-friendly international cuisines you can try cooking at home. Hopefully, your favorite might even inspire you to travel to the destination to try authentic versions of traditional dishes!

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Yes, Your Kitchen Can Be Both Deluxe And Low-Maintenance

One of the common misconceptions about investing in the finest materials and the latest gadgets for your kitchen is that since it’s so valuable, it takes a lot more time to take care of. However, the truth is that some of the most stylish and innovative kitchen choices are also some of the most low-maintenance. Here, we’re going to look at how you ensure you don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality.

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Choose your tools wisely

If you love a kitchen that does most of the work for you, then you might be inclined to invest in appliances and accessories a-plenty. However, the more you have, the more maintenance they require. They all need to be cleaned, repaired, and have parts replaced to give them real longevity, so keep your workload to a minimum by investing in high-quality must-haves. For instance, multi-purpose tools like toaster ovens and food processors can save the space of multiple appliances while doing the job of both. It’s all about quality, not quantity when it comes to choosing accessories.

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Top-quality surfaces

Nothing defines the look of a kitchen like your countertop surfaces. Choosing a material can be difficult, and there are a lot of gorgeous looking, high-end options for those who have the budget. However, high-quality hardwood tops can scratch and stain easily, reducing their value, while glass needs cleaning very frequently. Options like granite and quartz are just as appealing, if not more, but also have the hard-wearing quality and resistance to most marks that means you don’t have to feel anxious every time you use them. Head to WorldStoneGroup.com and compare the different materials on offer. Ensure that you’re choosing the surfaces that not only look great and exude the sense of luxury you want but can actually get the job done.

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Skip the cabinet doors

Your cabinets can contribute to the aesthetic of the room almost as much as the countertop. However, they are also a pain in the neck. All the grease, dust, and debris that cooking and using the kitchen creates sticks to them first and foremost. This means you have to clean them more regularly than any other part of the room. However, open shelf designs, as shown at BHG.com are not only much easier to maintain. They also have a cool, minimalist quality that can make them a perfect fit for any contemporary style kitchen.

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Creating better journeys

A kitchen is a lot easier to both clean and uses if you have the space to work comfortably within. The journey of your kitchen is all about the layout, how easily you can access one space before moving to another. You want to avoid the kitchen layout mistakes that pen you in and create obstacles when you’re trying to clean. For instance, a huge island between one counter and the next might look attractive, to begin with, but it will soon become an everyday hassle.

It is true that investing in expensive, high-maintenance materials and design can make your kitchen much less of a practical place, but you can avoid that dilemma with the tips above.

Five Must-have Kitchen Accessories to Invest In When You Move House

In case you are in the final stages of moving home, you might be starting to pack your kitchen in boxes and decide whether or not you will use them. While this is the right opportunity to start fresh and say goodbye to some of the old habits that have made you put on weight and become unhealthy, you can also start planning your lifestyle changes that will benefit your physical and mental health. Once you managed to get rid of what no longer serves you, start looking through the latest kitchen accessories that can make your life and household chores easier.

  1. Water and Ice Dispenser

If you have kids, you don’t necessarily want them to hang out the kitchen faucet all day trying to make themselves a drink. Your new kitchen should include a water and ice dispenser, either built in your fridge or separate. You can also get a water filter built in, so you are able to eliminate the chemicals and toxins in the water and live a healthier life.

  1. Soup Maker

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Whether you are looking to get healthier, or simply love soup, you don’t want to spend hours preparing it in the kitchen. A soup maker can be a lifesaver, as it will cook, chop, blend your vegetables and all you need to do is serve up. If you spent too much time in your old kitchen preparing food, you might need to start spending more time with your family once you move house and start a new life.

  1. Vegetable Slicer

Whether you like adding colorful salads to your meals or would like to entertain your guests in the summer, you might not want to spend hours slicing and cutting. The good news is that you can get compact multi-purpose vegetable slicers that can turn your cucumbers into works of art and make carrot spaghetti. A great way of getting the kids to eat fresh fruit and vegetables is creating funky shapes and great color combinations.

  1. New, Healthier Pans and Oven Trays

 

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You might want to get rid of your old oven trays, crispers, and pans, and invest in a healthier set. You can get steak pans and a copper crisper that will last you for a long time, and are easier to clean. Non-scratch and Teflon-free pans and trays are great for families looking to get healthier and more delicious meals created at home.

  1. Crock Pot

Of course, you can’t forget about the crock pot for lazy days and weekends when you simply want a hearty meal after you come home from a day out. Get one that is suitable for your family and has great customer reviews. Create healthier and tastier meals without spending all day in the kitchen.

 

When you move house, you should think ahead and say goodbye to the old kitchenware that no longer serves you and explore the healthier options that will give you a better chance of achieving your weight loss goals and make you feel better about yourself without spending a lot of time preparing food in the kitchen every day.

When The Going Gets Tough, Get Your Community Going

It’s always tough when something terrible happens in your community. These are the people you see every day. Their kids go to school with yours, and you always wave hello. Even if you aren’t close, your neighbors are part of your lives, and there’s no getting past it.

That’s why it can hit hard when someone on the street falls ill or experiences a tough time. Even in this age of locked doors and less community spirit, news like this travels. And, when it does, it’s not unusual for the community to rise up and attempt to help. After all, ‘help thy neighbor’ is an essential part of the bible. And, we always remember it at times like these.

But, if you don’t know your neighbors well, you may be at a loss about what you can do to help. And, that’s where we come in. We’re going to consider a few of the ways your community could step up when things get tough for one of their own. Read on to find out your options.

Spread the word

If you don’t know the people in question well, you may want to do your bit without encroaching. In that case, taking action here could be as simple as spreading their message on social media. This is a fantastic way to help without breaking the bank. By letting people know what’s happening (with the permission of those involved), you can encourage others to help them along. It may be that a Facebook post encourages donations. Or, it could bring everyone together to help tidy their garden or take some meals for their freezer. These may seem like small things, but you’d be amazed how much difference they can have when life’s given someone a bad hand.

 

Get fundraising

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If you’re in a position to take a more proactive role, you could always get involved with fundraising. Hosting an event like a yard sale, cake stall, or even a street party, could raise crucial money for the family in question. It could either pay for treatment or help to pay for the location and engraved bricks of a memorial to help them move forward from loss. Again, you need to run this past the family before you take steps. Many people feel embarrassed about accepting this type of charity. But, if you explain how much everyone wants to help, it’s unlikely they’ll turn against what you’re doing.

Be there

Perhaps the most important thing you can do is be there for your neighbors. Money and assistance aside, reassurance and comfort may be what they need most right now. And, isn’t that what being a neighbor’s all about? Of course, you don’t want to overwhelm them during this difficult time. But, pop around for a cup of tea every week or so, just to check how they’re doing. Let them know, too, that you’re around the corner if they need you. It may sound simple, but it’s sure to make all the difference.

 

Ozeri Aresio Electric Grinder Set & Piezoelectric Stove Lighter Review

I am so intrigued by new gadgets and was thrilled when I got the Ozeri Artesio electric grinder set, and the Ozeri piezoelectric stove lighter. So let’s start with the Artesio Electric Grinder Set. I was in love with this product from the moment I saw it. My parents always had an electric salt and pepper grinder set at our table as I grew up so I might be a little prejudice when it comes to electric grinding sets. They are the best if you do not have one you NEED one. It is very kid friendly, my three-year-old grandson uses it almost every time we sit down for dinner. The electric salt and pepper grinder have an effortless button that you can press to dispense with the salt and pepper. Not only is it family friendly, it looks extremely professional sitting on our dining room table. I receive so many compliments when I have company over for dinner. I’ve had quite a few of them express to me they feel as if they are at a high dollar restaurant with my fancy technology. I, of course, completely agree with them. These salt and pepper grinders are a must need for every household.

Now about my Ozeri piezoelectric stove lighter, I was a little skeptical (but who isn’t when buying something new?). This stove lighter does not need gas, batteries, matches or flint!! Its like magic with the flick of your hand. You will need to position the tip of the lighter next to a gas stove, then squeeze the handle of the lighter to press the trigger and ignite. This might take a couple of tries for certain types of stoves, however, I have never had a problem with it. My husband has not put this lighter down. I have come to find out my household could not exist without this lighter. Beware, you or your husband will fall in love.

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