Cooking Utensils: Tips on Kitchen Tools

Great cooking comes not only from using appropriate appliances and settings. It also goes with the tools we use; having the right ones make the job easy to accomplish and, as usual, a happy cook produces delicious meals.

Keeping these tools and devices in tip-top shape is a key element in a well-maintained kitchen. Here are some tips on managing our treasured cooking utensils.

Dull Scissors
Use the scissors to cut a piece of sandpaper into strips. This will help sharpen your scissors — and create strips of sandpaper.

Washing and drying vegetables
It is always easy to accomplish with a strainer and salad spinner. A vegetable peeler is also an important addition to your cooking utensils closet.

Deodorize microwave oven
Chop half a lemon into 4 pieces. Put them in a small bowl with 1 cup of water and a few whole cloves. Boil for 5 minutes.

Measuring tools
Cooking and baking can be a form of art and recipes should be followed as precisely as possible so measuring dishes, cups (both wet and dry measures) and measuring tablespoons  and teaspoons are invaluable measuring tools.

Stained teflon
In the utensil, boil a mixture of 1 cup water, 1/2 cup bleach and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Then wash in warm suds. Recoat the teflon with oil before using it.

Deodorize cutting board and knife
Rub them with a sliced lemon or lime. This tip is especially helpful for removing strong smells like that of onion or garlic.

Spills in the kitchen
Clean up spills as they occur so you won’t be faced with one huge cleaning session.

Cleaning seldom used utensils
You use 20% of your utensils 80% of the time. Any tool or appliance which doesn’t get used during a week of cooking should be cleaned and stored to save counter and cupboard space and cleaning time.

Cleaning your refrigerator
Once every 7-10 days, remove all the food from your refrigerator, wipe down the inside with warm soapy water, clean all the shelves and trays, then replace the food. As you work, check expiration dates and discard food past those dates. Place an open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge.

Temperature
Temperature measurement is often a crucial factor in determining how flavor of dish turns out.  An oven or meat thermometer is key to having properly
cooked meat that is safe to eat, and should be included in your pantry of cooking utensils.

Cleaning grills
It’s easier to clean a grill if you do it after each use. Also oil the grill rack before each use to make cleanup easier.

Stained glassware
If the stains are coffee stains, make tea in the utensil, the tannic acid in the tea should remove the coffee stands (but don’t let it stand too long or you will have to look for ways to remove tea stains.)

Remove stains from plasticware
Soak for 20 minutes in a gallon of warm water plus 1 cup of bleach. Wipe dry and then wash normally.

Mixing tools
No kitchen would be complete without a cadre of mixing bowls in its cooking utensils cupboard. Having a selection of bowls in assorted sizes is essential to fast, efficient cooking.