All along, you thought your kitchen was outstanding. Then, you happened to browse an interior design magazine and discovered that there are homes out there with professional kitchens, and these homes don’t even belong to rich or well-known people. So now you promptly realized that your home kitchen was plain. Should you hit the panic button? Well no, not unless you think all hope is lost.
You need to realize, though, that on top of everything else, professional kitchens (or commercial kitchens) are usually set up for efficiency. That is very different with home kitchens, which are usually set up to look nice. A home kitchen is where most candid family moments happen. However, if you decide to turn your kitchen into a professional-looking one, you might lose the warmth that’s normally associated with home kitchens. Besides, commercial kitchen appliances cost a fortune!
Now you’re faced with a quandary. How can you give your home kitchen a professional makeover without spending too much and without losing its warmth? Here are a few tips:
1. Survey your kitchen’s layout. Do you see stuff that shouldn’t belong there? Check out your cupboards and cabinets. You probably have serving stuff in there like silverware, serving bowls, glasses, and dishes. These presentation items take up space in your kitchen that you could otherwise have delegated to tools you need to prepare food. In a professional kitchen, you won’t see seldom-used service items in cabinets simply because these are useless in food preparation. So get these out of the way (you probably have a china cabinet with ample space) to make room for the tools and things you actually need to cook.
2. Inspect your gadgets. Check out the kitchen gadgets you use for cooking. You might have amassed more than is necessary because you can’t seem to get enough of Ikea. Nevertheless, ask yourself, “Do I really need this tomato knife that can supposedly cut through the ripest tomato without causing much damage to its too-soft skin?” What about that garlic peeler or garlic press? Most brilliant chefs get more things done using a single knife as long as it is sharp. Besides, garlic presses are hard to clean. On that note, get rid of single-use kitchen gadgets and stick to traditional, time-tested tools.
3. Buy a couple of hotel pans that you can use to hold the food you have just whipped up. In that way, you free up a pan or a pot for whatever dish you will be cooking next. Hotel pans are great because they fit nicely in your refrigerator. You can simply get a portion of the dish to serve to your family and leave the rest untouched in the pan. After your meal, just cover it with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Half hotel pans are what you need in a professional kitchen – efficient, space-saving, and time-saving.
4. Buy a speed rack that you can use to hold the food you’ve just gotten out of the oven. The speed rack is great for cooling the food before you place it in the refrigerator. However, you can also conveniently use a speed rack as a highly efficient and reconfigurable shelf to hold utensils, hotel pans, various miscellaneous items you use for cooking and staple ingredients like salt, pepper, and oil.
There you have it – four simple tips to give your kitchen a professional makeover without breaking the bank. Remember, having a professional kitchen doesn’t mean giving your kitchen a major overhaul and buying an entirely new set of kitchen appliances and equipment. It merely means making your kitchen as efficient as possible while making use of stuff you already have.
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Budget-friendly Before-and-after Kitchen Makeovers (diynetwork.com)
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The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes (housebeautiful.com)