In­crease kitchen ef­fi­ciency with ease

Cecil Whig - - REAL ESTATE -

(BPT) — As the hol­i­day sea­son ap­proaches and the cal­en­dar be­gins to pop­u­late, it’s im­por­tant not to al­low the stress of en­ter­tain­ing large groups to be­come a bur­den. Be­low are four tips to help or­ga­nize a kitchen and host with ease, cre­at­ing a func­tional space for fam­ily and friends to en­joy. Plan in ad­vance Set aside time early in the week to plan the menu, from sim­ple ap­pe­tiz­ers to the main en­tree. Gro­cery shop­ping apps, like AnyList, al­low the whole fam­ily to share and build lists to­gether — which can help avoid any last-minute trips to the gro­cery store. Also, try to iden­tify dishes that can be pre­pared in ad­vance so more time can be spent away from the kitchen when guests ar­rive.

Max­i­mize stor­age and counter space

Op­ti­mize counter space by de­sign­ing small sta­tions for easy ac­cess to the ne­ces­si­ties. A cof­fee bar “nook” com­plete with Keurig cups and mugs can help kick­start a busy day. Stor­age near the fridge should be stocked with foil and con­tain­ers, ideal for pack­ing up left­overs af­ter a large party. Re­serve the is­land counter for meal prep and the cab­i­nets be­low for serv­ing ware and glass­ware stor­age.

Keep all sta­ples in arm’s reach

Cook­ing can be made sim­ple by or­ga­niz­ing the es­sen­tials. Keep sim­i­lar tools to­gether, such as bake­ware and cookie sheets in one drawer, and pantry sta­ples in an­other. Spices and herbs should be al­pha­bet­ized and stored near the stove­top to ef­fort­lessly add fla­vor. For those with de­sign in mind, opt for open shelves to show­case dishes and small kitchen ac­ces­sories, such as suc­cu­lents and cook­books, while keep­ing ev­ery­thing within reach. Sim­plify kitchen cleanup Clean­ing is of­ten the most timein­ten­sive chore in the kitchen, but if de­signed right, can be a breeze for home en­ter­tain­ers and kids alike. The Delta Foundry Kitchen Faucet com­plete with Shield­Spray Tech­nol­ogy, avail­able at the Home De­pot, of­fers laser-like pre­ci­sion to con­tain splat­ter, mean­ing less soak­ing, scrub­bing and shirt swap­ping.

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