Buying Guide: Kitchen & Pantry Storage
As kitchens become more multi functional in our houses and we use them for other things than just preparing food like dining, entertaining, storage and even laundry it is becoming more and more important to consider storage in this room of the house. Not only to make the space more functional but to also free up valuable bench space and make storage much easier for the entire family.
Making Extra Space:
Some things to consider when on the quest to make extra space in your kitchen include; Hanging Racks. A Hanging rack can be used to assist with the storage of pans, kitchen utensils, cutlery etc. Why not consider this as an option in your kitchen to assist with storage of items off benches and out of cupboards. Kitchen Baskets – to help with storing like items together in either open shelving or in cupboards you can consider the use of baskets. Perfect for storing things like cook books, chopping boards, jars etc.
There are a number of different Food Storage Types on the market depending on your needs. The wide variety of options available on the market it is easy to be over whelmed and for them to start taking over your kitchen space but with a coordinated approach you can pull together some really great storage options that will be perfect for your family.
High Risk Foods
Food Poisoning bacteria can grow and multiply on some types of food more easily than others. Some of these foods include;
- Raw and cooked met
- Dairy Products
- Eggs and Egg products
- Cooked Rice and Pasta
- Prepared Salads
- Prepared Fruit Salads
- Ready to eat foods like sandwiches, rolls, pizza... etc
Another option for storage of basic ingredients is storage canisters. Again many options are available in the market from plastic, glass, ceramic or metal depending on your preference and needs. Canisters are great for storing basic ingredients like flour, sugar, tea, coffee etc. They are great to keep on your kitchen bench for everyday use or in your pantry for use less often and in various sizes depending on your need.
Oil and Vinegar Cruets
Another option to have in your kitchen or pantry is for Oil and Vinegar. Again made of many different materials depending on your preference and often come with a lid or cork to keep the contents fresh. For easy use today many also feature a pouring spout.
Salt and Pepper Shakers or Grinders
Salt and Pepper shakers or grinders have become a staple in all households. Typically they are a functional piece that moves between the Kitchen and the dining room. Again made of many different materials and colours depending on your needs and preference. Things to consider are what is the grinder mechanism made from – this should be stainless steel for pepper and ceramic for salt to ensure longevity of the product.
There is a large variety of space racks available today from shapes, sizes, display stands. These really come down to personal preference around the look of the stand, the number of spices that the stand holds and your needs.
Storing Food Safely
Your fridge should be set at 5 degrees or lower and your freezer should be at below -15 degrees.
When you have cooked food and you want to cool it;
- Put hot food into shallow dishes or smaller portions to help cool the food as quickly as possible.
- Don’t put very hot food into the fridge, wait until the steam has stopped rising from the food.
Avoid refreezing thawed food – food that is frozen a second time is likely to have higher levels of food-poisoning bacteria.
Store raw food separately from cooked food.
Choose strong, non-toxic food storage containers – make sure that your containers are clean and in good condition. Only use them for food storage. Cover them with tight fitting lids, foil or plastic film to minimise potential contamination.
Safe Food Storage Tips:
Food poisoning is more often than not cause by bacteria from foods that are incorrectly stored (also can be caused by incorrect preparation, handling or cooking). It is important to know that contaminated food can still look, smell and taste normal and if food is not stored correctly the bacteria can multiply.