Encourage Family Cooking by Saving Space
A recent survey conducted by Uncle Ben’s shows that more than half of parents do not cook meals with their children. The main reason for this is due to a lack of space in their kitchens, which can be make the process of cooking quite complex when more than one person is involved.
Here are a few space-saving techniques that will encourage you to cook more meals as a family:
1. Clean as you cook.
Clutter is one of the main reasons why kitchens suffer from a lack of space, and there is one easy solution to this issue. Cleaning while you cook ensures that you always have free space in your kitchen when preparing meals. It sounds like a simple solution but few homeowners recognise its importance. This is especially effective when cooking as a family, because each member can take turns clearing off the counters.
2. Use drawers as surfaces.
If your kitchen suffers from a lack of counter space, you can make your own surfaces. A clever kitchen hack presents the idea of placing a cutting board in a drawer to create a new counter space. You can use these boards for cutting, rolling dough and all other types of prep for your meals. Another useful space-saving tool is an over-the-sink cutting board, which frees up space along the rest of your counter to make room for more cooks in the kitchen.
3. Use the space above your cabinets.
In many kitchens, there is extra space above the cabinets. While you might think it is just useless, dead space, it can be used as an area to store items that you don’t use regularly. If you bake once a month, your mixer, baking trays and scales can be placed above your counters. If you like to buy in bulk, keep the items that you won’t use immediately up there. If you only drink coffee when you entertain guests, leave your coffee maker in that area to free up space on your counter that can be used for meal prep.
Header image: by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons