We can either look at cooking as necessary drudgery or an exciting, artistic pursuit. And the easiest way to quash any kind of culinary excitement is to have a less than user-friendly kitchen. As the young ones get older and their taste buds develop, it’s the perfect time to start spicing up your kitchen experience. Learning how to design a more chef-friendly kitchen is the best way to start.
Between cutting boards, appliances, boxes of food, and cute little odds and ends, we can run out of counter space before it’s even time to get out the ingredients. Try to avoid using your countertops as storage space, especially for non-cooking items. You can also add a little more counter space to your kitchen without adding an island by using cutting boards that can fit over the sink or on top of the stove.
If you were going to build a house, you would want ready access to your tools at all times. The same is true in the kitchen. Organizing your tools and ingredients will help you spend less time searching for things you need and more time using them. Here are a few organizational tricks to try:
- Install a hanging rack for pots and pans
- Use a lazy Susan for spices
- Place highly used ingredients like oils and onions in an accessible spot
- Fit your drawer with an organizing rack
- Group the ingredients in your pantry by ingredient type
Additionally, giving your cabinets a facelift will help you visualize the storage space you have available to help you make the best use of the space.
Although cooking primarily relies on smell and taste, it also relies quite a bit on sight, between noticing the changing colors in cooking meat and discoloration in vegetables. While ambient lighting is good for relaxing in the kitchen, task lights over the countertops and the stove help you see what you’re doing to get some real cooking done.
No kitchen is complete without gadgets. When it comes to designing a chef-friendly kitchen, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all option as far as what toys you should have in your kitchen. It all depends on your cooking specialties. Some ideas you might consider are:
- An immersion blender
- A fruit zester
- A mixer
- A cooling rack
- A food processor
- A garlic press
- An extra oven
Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right kitchen, it can be an adventure for you and your family’s taste buds.