Dirty Kitchen

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small__5137853668The term “dirty kitchen” will usually evoke mental images of dirty dishes piled high in the sink, a cooking range slick with grease, unrecognizable stains on the kitchen counter or even on the walls, and all sorts of nastiness imaginable. Not quite so for the Filipino household. A “dirty kitchen” is actually more of a Filpino English term that describes a kitchen where most of the food preparation and cooking is done by the household staff. When I say “most of the food prep and cooking”, this includes some of the tougher work: slaughtering and gutting goats and chickens, skinning frogs, dressing fish, and so on. This is also where the heavy-duty chopping is done, and when you enter the dirty kitchen you may as well expect to be greeted by a roaring open fire with a wok large enough to seat a child, getting worked over by a sweaty-bodied cook.

So what of the regular household kitchen? Traditionally, the main kitchen is exclusively used by the family when they wish to cook a meal themselves. It is often kept in showroom condition, and most often serves as a sort of “holding room” for the dishes before they are served in a party.

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DIY Veggie Stamps

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Last post, you learned how using a magnetic strip to display and store your knives can be a practical and decorative move for your kitchen. Today, we’ll focus on a more colorful and organic way to do it!

Fruit and veggie stamps are a great way to add a fun and fresh vibe to your kitchen walls. These type of stamps are also quite eco-friendly – After you’re done with your project, you can shop them up and use them as fertilizer for your garden.

Gather your tools: you’ll need a sharp knife, various vegetables and fruits, brightly-colored acrylic paint, and flat containers for the paint, like plastic dishes you won’t mind parting with. Once you’ve carefully lain out newspaper around the area, slice your vegetables in different kinds of angles. Daub the side you want in a dish of paint, and press onto a spot on the wall to stamp. Voila! You have just made your first vegetable or fruit stamp. Have fun experimenting with different colors and textures!

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A Smart Way To Store Knives

In our last post, we looked at an innovative and efficient way to store and label spices. Now, we’ll look at another brilliant way to store and display your kitchen knives!

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If cooking is your passion, you see every meal an opera, and every dish a masterpiece in the making. Thus, the maestro needs the tools of his artistry ready and within reach as he slices, dices, juliennes, and chops his way to success. Storing knives in a cupboard used to work for your grandparents and great-grandparents, but this method just won’t do for you, oh no.

Instead of drawers or even wooden blocks, why not install a magnetic strip on your kitchen wall to store and display your knives? Not only will you be able to keep these knives accessible, you will also have an interesting display that makes for instant art. This style of storage will also let you tell at a glance whether your knives need sharpening and maintenance. Make sure your magnetic strip has a strong grip on your knives for safety, and you’re all set.

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Smart Spice Rack!

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Last post, we talked about some smart space-saving ideas around your kitchen. Today, we’ll focus on another great idea you can apply to your spice rack and more!

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Do you love cooking? Do you feel right at home in the kitchen? Do you consider your secret super-hero persona would wear a toque instead of a cape? Does your patronus wield a wooden spoon or spatula? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then I think we can safely say you are a certified kitchen buff, and you know it!

I can tell that you are also quite serious when it comes to your tools and cooking condiments. You know exactly where the Sriracha is, and can navigate your cupboard even with your eyes closed. However, have you ever felt you wasted precious time inspecting the sides of every spice container to see if you have the right one? Here’s a handy tip that can help you organize your spice for optimal cooking efficiency. Plus, it’ll make your kitchen even 20% cooler!

Get some blackboard chalk – if you don’t have any, you mix a cup of acrylic paint and one-and-a-half tablespoons of tile grout. Take a brush and paint the tops of each spice cap evenly and let dry for half an hour or so. Now, you can label your spice containers with chalk, and know which is which at a glance!

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Kitchen Phones: A Necessity?

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As discussed in the last post, a vintage-inspired kitchen can put some cheer and allure to a drab kitchen. Now, let’s talk about a particular addition that can add some efficiency to this very special room in the house – a kitchen telephone.

Kitchen telephones are a pretty common site in most modern houses. In restaurants, phones were often installed in their cooking areas as a necessary tool. It became particularly handy to cooks and managers to call up their local green grocer, butcher, and other shops whenever their restaurant’s stocks of a particular ingredient were running dangerously low. A few home-builders and home-makers saw this as a great idea, and applied it to their own homes.

One definite advantage of having a kitchen phone is being able to receive calls in the middle of prepping a meal — as long, of course, as you’re hands aren’t too busy. In this case, it is ideal to invest in a cordless phone.

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