10 Timesaving Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Avoid creating a messy kitchen with these timesaving kitchen tips.

Avoid creating a messy kitchen with these timesaving kitchen tips. Image

Keeping your kitchen clean is essential for maintaining a productive, healthy, and comfortable home. From scrubbing the counter to sorting the dishes, simple tasks are often all it takes to keep your kitchen fresh and tidy in any situation.

To help you clean your kitchen quickly and easily, Tile Depot has put together ten simple kitchen cleaning tips:

                             1. Keep a ‘clean anything’ towel

Nothing is worse than having to clean up a nasty mess with a clean towel. Keep a ‘clean anything’ towel in your kitchen that can be used for cleaning up messes and wash it every other day.

                           2. Wash dishes as soon as they’re used

When dishes pile up, it can be very easy to put off cleaning them for another day. If you use a dish, clean it – or, if you have a dishwasher, store it on the rack – as soon as you’ve finished using it to avoid letting dishes pile up and cause a mess.

                          3. Seal and sort cooking ingredients

Cooking ingredients that aren’t completely sealed can attract ants, cockroaches, and other nasty insects. Seal your cooking ingredients in zip-lock bags and keep them in your cupboards to prevent insects from taking over your kitchen.

                        4. Keep your fridge clean and tidy

A dirty fridge quickly leads to a dirty kitchen. Spray down your fridge with diluted cleaning spray every weekend and remove any food that’s expired. Old vegetables and leftovers can quickly turn a clean fridge into a stinky mess.

                        5. Keep a spray bottle on hand

Keep a spray bottle filled with diluted kitchen cleaner available at all times to help you clean up spillages and everyday mess. Diluted cleaning liquid won’t cause any damage to your countertop, but will still remove sticky substances with ease.

                      6.Wash your oven and microwave frequently

Messy cooking can quickly turn a white microwave into a warzone. Clean both your oven and your microwave on a frequent basis using cleaning solutions, or just water mixed with lemon juice.

                       7. Create a dish-washing roster

Does your family use enough dishes to need a fresh wash every single day? Create a roster and get your children involved in the kitchen cleaning process. Simple kitchen jobs are the perfect tasks for kids to complete in exchange for pocket money.

                    8. Young children? Keep chemicals out of reach

 Make sure your kitchen chemicals are stored in a secure cupboard, or in a drawer that’s high enough to be inaccessible to children. When you clean your kitchen in a hurry, it’s easy to misplace chemicals that could be hazardous to kids.

                    9. Cover pans whenever you’re cooking

The best way to keep your kitchen clean is to avoid creating any mess in the first place. Try covering pots and pans when you’re cooking to prevent sauces or meat juice from splashing all over your stovetop.

                    10. Invest in a reliable backsplash

A good backsplash will prevent bubbling pots and pans from causing stains to form on your kitchen wall. Choose high quality tiles for your backsplash to create a useful kitchen accessory that’s also remarkably stylish.

Repair Cookware Made from Cast Iron with Welding Tools

Repairing cast iron with welding is difficult in itself, more so when the object to be repaired is valuable cast iron cookware. Thankfully, there are special solder rods and techniques you can use to make repairing cast iron cookware easier.

Cast iron cookware has a long history. They were particularly treasured in many homes during the early twentieth century. Even today, cast iron stands out from other materials used for cookware. With proper care and maintenance, pots and pans made from the urable material can last for a long time.

Cookware made from cast iron is also versatile. They can withstand high temperatures and can be used on an open fire as well as in a hearth or oven. The metal also distributes heat evenly and adds texture and flavor to the food.

It also provides users several health benefits. Trace amounts of iron
can be mixed in the food by using cast iron pots and pans, making it ideal for those with iron deficiencies. In a country where 60% to 70% of the population lack iron in their diet, the special characteristics of cast iron cookware can help many families meet their recommended daily dose of the nutrient.

Because of their value and the benefits they provide, it’s important to repair cast iron cookware when it cracks or breaks. Cast iron repair, however, is complicated due to the temperamental nature of the metal. Welds frequently crack again no matter how slowly and carefully the metal is cooled. Fortunately advances in welding tools, especially in the soldering rods, significantly reduce this behavior.

To repair cast iron cookware using welding tools, first heat it with
the torch until it turns a dull red, then apply the flux.  When the flux flows out, administer the rod with an oxyacetylene torch until the solder flows out flat.  A good soldering rod for torch welders is cadmium-free, food grade SSF-6 Silver Solder from Muggy Weld.
Next, grind or sand the weld to smoothen the area. Finally, let it cool and remove any residual flux. Remember to season
repaired pots and pans before use.

 

This is a guest post by Jane Wilkins

Pecan Cookie Recipe

GE’s Test Kitchen Manager Brigid Blocker shares her personal cookie recipe that is the favorite of her three grown sons.

Pecan Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. water
2 cups pecans, finely ground

Cream butter and sugar until light.  Add remaining ingredients, and mix well.  Chill dough until firm.

Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into ¾” balls.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 20-23 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Roll warm baked cookies in granulated sugar.  After cookies have cooled completely, store in airtight container.

Makes 6 – 8 dozen cookies.

About GE Appliances & Lighting
GE Appliances & Lighting spans the globe as an industry leader in major appliances, lighting, systems and services for commercial, industrial and residential use. Technology innovation and the company’s ecomagination (SM) initiative enable GE Appliances & Lighting to aggressively bring to market products and solutions that help customers meet pressing environmental challenges. General Electric (NYSE: GE), imagination at work, sells products under the Monogram®, Profile™, Café™, GE®, Hotpoint®, Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Tetra®, Vio™ and Immersion® commercial brands. For more information, consumers may visit www.ge.com 

*Note image is not that of the recipe shared. It’s simply an image of cookies.

A Christmas Cookie Tradition with a Twist

In these times of prepared foods and mini-marts, it’s understandable that many folks forego baking and decorating Christmas cookies and settle for store-bought instead. It’s the patient home cook who bakes dozens of cookies, one sheet at a time, in a traditional radiant heat oven. And really, how many Santas, stars and trees can you slather with icing and spot with sprinkles before your eyes glaze over?

Rather than let the cookie cutters gather dust in the pantry this holiday season, try holding a Christmas cookie decorating contest. By injecting a little friendly competition into your cookie decorating process, you can create an activity that brings your entire family together or adds some merriment to your cookie party. And with advances in cooking technology — such as convection ovens — the home cook can bake multiple sheets of cookies, all at the same time, with the confidence that each cookie will be come out of the oven evenly browned.

Rules:
The rules for our Christmas cookie decorating contest are simple and forgiving:

  1. Anyone of any age can participate.
  2.  Each competitor can decorate as many cookies as he or she likes.
  3. Competitors must decorate the cookie so that the finished product differs from the cookie cutter’s intended shape. In other words, a Santa-shaped cookie can’t be decorated as a Santa — the finished product must be something else, say, a boy in a canoe; a Christmas tree shape could become a colorful fish; a gingerbread man turned upside down, an insect’s face.
  4. Breaking off parts of the cookie to alter its shape is discouraged.
  5. This should be a fun activity. Good-natured ribbing or boasting is allowed.

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