If your kitchen didn’t come with an exhaust fan, you may feel like you have to forgo cooking certain foods that tend to linger, smell-wise. Luckily, your frying and high-heat searing days are not behind you, as there are several strategies you can implement to de-stink and freshen up after a particularly pungent meal.
Divide and ventilate: First, close whatever doors you can to confine the smell to the kitchen, and open up your nearest windows. If you have a box fan, point it out the window to help drive smoke and smells outside.
Clean up immediately, and take out the trash: Dump out cooking oil as soon as possible, and wipe up any sticky or…
An important diet and budgeting component in our kitchen is homemade bread. While baking your own bread sounds like one of those time-consuming activities, no-knead bread is one of the simplest things to make.
No-knead bread is a great starter recipe for kitchen newbies. The basic recipe is so easy that a motivated eight-year-old could learn how to bake bread. If you have the skills to make your own slime, you should be able to make no-knead bread. Plus, you can end up saving tons of cash along the way.
The classic No-Knead Bread recipe was developed by Jim Lahey of the Sullivan Street Bakery in New York City and contains just four ingredients: flour, yeast, salt, and water. The bread from this recipe costs less than 50 cents per loaf to make, but looks and tastes like the rustic artisan bread you’d pay $5 to $8 for at the store. Also, the recipe is very adaptable and hard to break. It’s worth reading the hundreds of comments on this recipe, because they are full of helpful hacks for every type of kitchen and baker, and they include recipe variations such as whole wheat, olive oil, sourdough, cinnamon raisin, and lots more.
Professional bread ovens have a steam element. The extra moisture during the baking process is what gives bakery bread that flaky crust. Lahey figured out how to replicate the steaming at home by using a lidded Dutch oven to trap the moisture. I use a $40, cast iron pot to bake my no-knead bread, but you can use any lidded pan that can handle a 450-degree oven temperature. One of the great things about this bread-making technique is that it doesn’t require specialty, single-use kitchen gadgets. (See also: Smart New Uses for These 14 Kitchen Gadgets)
The bread math
One 25-pound bag of La Romanella high gluten (bread) flour at Smart & Final costs $7.99. One one-pound (454 grams) bag of Saf-Instant yeast costs $3.59 at Smart & Final. One 26-ounce (737 gram) box of Morton’s Sea Salt costs $2.09 at Target. Each loaf of bread uses 15 ounces of flour, nine grams of salt, and less than a gram of yeast, or 31 cents in ingredients.
Do you find yourself surrounded by piles of papers, unread magazines, and books you are holding on to in case you may want to read them in the future? Is your closet bursting with clothes, half of which haven’t seen the light of day in years? Do you feel like you are drowning under an uncontrollable mess? Take charge and declutter your life right now.
Living under piles and tiptoeing down that small path through personal possessions just to reach your bed is not only unhealthy for your body, with dust mites, possible mold and more, but also detrimental to your mind. Clearing your physical space will also free the clutter from your mind.
Decluttering will not only make you healthier, but all of the clean, open spaces will also make you happier.
The hardest part of decluttering your life can be letting go. You have to decide what to throw out and what to keep. Some stuff is cut and dry. Old and broken? Chuck. No longer used? Recycle or give away.
What about the blurred lines? You may place personal value on items, like that misshapen clay horse your 36 year old son presented to you in kindergarten. At 36, chances are he may not even remember it. Does it make you happy? Keep it. But if you find yourself under a mountain of these meaningful mementos, it may be a sign to let go.
Tackle Your Clutter in 15 Minute Intervals
If you are facing a daunting mess of ginormous proportions, you may feel like giving up before you even start. Don’t! Tackle your clutter in smaller chunks of time.1 Set a timer for 15 minutes and work on clearing a room. When the alarm goes off, walk away and do something else. You can choose to return later for another 15 minute stint, or just do 15 minutes a day. You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish in those 15 minutes.
It’s so easy to find that marble rabbit statue your Aunt Elsie gave to you and suddenly wonder how she is and end up in a two hour phone conversation catching up. Stop yourself from going down that rabbit hole. Focus on clearing your clutter during your allotted time. You can call Aunt Elsie later.
Declutter Your House Room By Room
Go through each room in your house methodically, one at a time.2 Clear the items that you no longer need or use from drawers, closets and under beds. Make a stack of things you use and things you can recycle or give away. When you are done, box up the recyclables and stash in your car to drop off at the local thrift store. Then put back all the things you are keeping.
Go through each room from one end to the other
Clear a work space for yourself and declutter your chosen room starting from one end of the room, making your way to the other. Don’t jump around. It will only add mess upon mess and have you throwing up your hands in defeat.
Keep two big trash bags or boxes on hand when you go through the items in your wardrobe. In one throw all those clothes that are soiled, damaged or too worn out. You will be throwing these away. In the second box place all those clothes that you haven’t worn in more than six months, except for season items like jackets and scarves/swimsuits and sarongs that you will be wearing for that time of year. Donate the second box to a charity shop or thrift store. You you are going through your kids clothes, pass them on to a family with kids younger than yours.
Keeping a seasonal wardrobe
Still facing too many clothes? Consider having a seasonal wardrobe to free up space in that closet and in those drawers. When you are facing warm weather, pack up the winter coats, scarves and long sleeve shirts. When…
When I first saw one of these Tiny Kitchen videos on Instagram, I thought it must be a one-off, a cute gag. I laughed at the silliness of the whole business, marveled at the ingenuity of the tea candle stove, the teeny cookware, and the patience to use it all. And I was delighted to see that you really could make respectable-looking tiny iced donuts with sprinkles in a doll house kitchen.
Then it hit me. Wait a minute. I know the Internet. I know of the countless micro-culture tribes it fosters and serves and the lengths to which people will go in creating novelty niches to hang out in with others…
If you’re running a more minimalist kitchen — or even if you aren’t — you may be wondering which small appliances are worth keeping around. Or maybe you’re planning your wedding registry and want to know what should you include on your list. You’ve seen everything from bread makers to ice cream machines to margarita blenders on the shelves at your local shop. Single-task appliances may not seem like a smart buy, but you need to consider that not all all of them perform only one task.
Here’s the lowdown on kitchen appliances that every kitchen should include, and how to make the most of each one.
We took the plunge last fall and bought a NutriBullet blender. I sincerely believe that a blender is an appliance no kitchen should be without. Beyond smoothies, you can blend together soups, sauces, condiments, and even baby food. And you can also make milkshakes, banana ice cream, and even peanut butter.
Yes! You can make peanut butter in a blender. It’s best if you use a heavy duty blender that can grind up the peanuts. Simply pour in your desired amount of dry-roasted peanuts, salt, and sugar. Then blend on the highest setting until smooth. (See also: 15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender)
2. Waffle maker
We use our waffle maker almost every single day. First, we like waffles. I even make my own mix so we can easily whisk it with water and get it cooking in just a few minutes flat. We also use our waffle maker as a panini press to make delicious sandwiches. I mean, this little appliance cost us just $17.00 and we use it often enough to keep it out on the counter.
What else can you make with a waffle maker? Pizza, cake, brownies, quesadillas, and the list goes on. (See also: 15 Delicious Foods to…
As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, April 24.
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Massimo Bottura is one of the more respected chefs in the culinary community: His restaurant, Osteria Francescana, has earned three Michelin stars and the coveted number one spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. When he isn’t feeding affluent gastro-tourists at his Modena, Italy restaurant, Bottura is finding ways to use leftovers to feed the hungry.
One of those ways is through RefettorioGastromtiva. The idea behind the Refettorios is simple: Chefs use surplus products from supermarkets and catering companies that would otherwise go to waste in order to create healthy and delicious meals for the community. After finding success in Italy, the initiative came to…