Are you thinking about cooking more often? Good for you! Cooking is a sustainable hobby. Buying raw ingredients from the supermarket allows you to sneak in some exercise during the day. This hobby is also a creative outlet especially when you start to work with new aromas, textures, and tastes. The best thing about cooking, though, is that it saves you a lot of money.
However, if your kitchen does not foster an environment that’s safe for food storage, you will have trouble finding joy in cooking. Below are tips that will help you gain control of the conditions in your kitchen so that you will get the most of all the food you make at home.
Keep your kitchen well-ventilated
Open the windows or turn on the exhaust fan whenever you cook. This will not only get rid of the smell of the fish you are frying or the onions you are roasting. It also allows prevents heat from being trapped in the kitchen. Heat, especially when mixed with humidity, is not safe for food storage.
Use natural desiccants
Speaking of humidity, kitchen’s humidity measurement is a major factor that determines the safety of your food. Mold and mildew, which hasten food spoilage, are very likely to grow in places where the air is hot and humid.
Use natural desiccants where you store your food. Did you know that instant rice is a better desiccant than uncooked rice? Because instant rice has been steamed before packing, it is more porous and able to hold more moisture than uncooked rice.
Install a pantry
Pantries are not common in traditional Asian homes. However, it is high time you consider installing one two reasons: one, it will function better when it is 3/4 full, and two, some produce are better stored in the pantry.
Root vegetables, nuts, dried beans, preserved fruit, and your condiments are only a few of the food items that should be kept in a pantry. Aside from keeping your kitchen free from clutter, having a pantry also protects your food from moisture and heat. Thus, extending their shelf life.
Get the most from the ingredients and food items you buy by making sure that you store them well. Remember, cooking is more fun and rewarding when your ingredients are in their best shape.