Monday, May 30, 2016

Top 10 Tips for Modular Kitchen Maintenance

In all homes, traditional recipes and spice mixes are passed down from one generation to another, but when it comes to kitchen equipment, the latest trends are preferred. This is why more people are investing in modular kitchens.

Advancements in technology are enabling modular kitchens to become more sophisticated. The quality and design of these kitchens make the process of cooking a more enjoyable and efficient experience. They also add a touch of elegance to the house.

It is an inevitable fact that kitchens will get dirty. A cluttered kitchen is an annoyance to homemakers, and creates an unpleasant impression in the minds of visitors. Not maintaining your kitchen properly will only invite pests and bacteria.

Keeping in mind these concerns, here are 10 tips to maintain your modular kitchen.

1. Cleaning your kitchen regularly is a must. Scrub the floors thoroughly, and use mineral oil and a wet cloth to clean appliances, such as microwave ovens and stoves. When it comes to Sleek Kitchen surfaces, such as countertops, use a disinfectant spray and clean cloth for best results.

2. Homemakers who have steel sinks should use soft nylon scrubbing pads. This will prevent your sink from getting scratched. To prevent corroding, avoid cleaning products that contain chlorine.
Modular kitchens that have ceramic sinks may be scrubbed with vinegar.

3. Want to maintain the shine of your tiles and stainless steel utensils?  Use baking soda to wash them.

4. Give your dishes a light rinse before you place them in the dishwasher. This will ensure that all traces of food and oil will be gone once the dishwasher cycle ends.

5. If you want to get rid of a tough stain on an appliance, use cleaning liquid directly on it.

6. To avoid food particles from clogging your stove and burners, wipe them frequently.

7. Remember to throw away old and rotten food, especially dishes and vegetables that you have stored in the refrigerator. Clean the refrigerator and its shelves with warm soap water once every week.

8. Scrubbing cabinets is something we usually forget to do. Accidentally spilled food may leave nasty stains on them. Take a minute or two to wipe the doors and sides of cabinets to make sure that your kitchen looks as good as new.

9. It is recommended that you use a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner to clean your chimney at least twice a year.

10. Kitchen rugs and rags should be replaced and washed regularly.

Maintaining your kitchen is imperative, because it is the heart of your home. For a hassle-free cooking experience, order a Sleek Modular Kitchen today.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

6 Tips for Decluttering Your Kitchen

Many of us love to experiment in the kitchen with new recipes and cuisines. However, if utensils are out of place or drawers are unorganized, you might find yourself feeling frustrated and less enthusiastic to cook.

Keeping your kitchen clutter-free is essential. If you think that your kitchen is disorganized, follow these six tips to declutter it:

1. Create Zones
Divide your kitchen into zones depending on the kind of tasks you perform there. For example, you could design a washing zone by placing the dishwasher and sink close by.

You may also segregate kitchen articles according to your usage. Place frequently used items in a more accessible space than those that are hardly used.

2. Don’t Use the Countertop to Store
Use your counter only to prepare ingredients and cook food. This will give you more space to work. Use a Sleek Kitchen cabinet, which is equipped with pull-out trays and drawers, to store utensils that you will need while cooking.

3. Organize Drawers with Holders
Using one drawer to store objects of the same kind, such as cutlery, may result in a mess. Use plastic holders and baskets to segregate spoons, knives, and forks.

4. Keep Small Food Items Within Sight
Small food items may get hidden and forgotten in drawers, if they are kept with large appliances or vessels. To prevent them from going to waste, store them in a pull-out pantry where they will be visible.

5. Eliminate Unwanted Items
Some of us have a tendency to hoard kitchen utensils and gadgets that we might need in the future. To make optimum use of your kitchen space, you should move unused or infrequently used items into another room.

6. Make a Weekly Menu
Just as hoarding appliances is not a good idea, storing large quantities of grains and sauces is unnecessary. Make a weekly menu and buy ingredients as per requirement. This will free up storage space, as well as ensure that your family consumes only the freshest food.

Every homemaker deserves a decluttered and well-organized kitchen. Choose a Sleek Modular Kitchen today, and enjoy a hassle-free cooking experience.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Keep your Kitchen Safe with DIY Cleaners like Lemon and Salt

Your kitchen always needs to be well maintained and clean because that is where food is cooked and stored. A hygienic kitchen ensures that the food being cooked there is healthy and is devoid of any food borne diseases. There are a number of cleaning agents available in the market today. However, many homemakers do not feel quite comfortable using chemical cleaning solutions due to their composition and prefer using homemade cleaners.

There are many natural cleaning agents you can find in your kitchen. Ingredients like salt, lemon, baking soda and white vinegar  have anti-bacterial properties, are easy on hands and surfaces and affordable than store-bought cleaners. Here are some do-it-yourself cleaner ideas that you can use to keep your Sleek modular kitchen spick and span:

  • To clean chopping boards and other chopping areas, sprinkle some coarse salt over the areas and rub it around with half a lemon while squeezing it as you go to get the juice out. Finish by wiping with a damp cloth.
  • Keep the insides of your fridge clean by wiping the shelves and the surfaces inside with a soda water and salt solution. This solution has disinfecting as well as deodorizing properties.
  • Deodorize and disinfect your microwaves ovens by microwaving a cup of water with half a lemon for 2 minutes.  Once done, wait for a minute and then wipe off the steam with a cloth.
  • Remove the food particles stuck inside the burner wells with a mixture of baking soda and warm water. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes and then scour it off to make this element of your Sleek kitchen clean.
  • Use white vinegar to wipe down sinks and other stained surfaces. A mixture of baking soda and white vinegar works effectively to clean the drains of your Sleek modular kitchen.
Use these cleaning agents that are easily available in your pantry to keep your stylish kitchen looking impressive as ever and also to keep up the health and hygiene of your Sleek kitchen.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Six Kitchen Tips to Make Your Life Easier

A homemaker’s chores may seem never-ending. Dealing with cooking, cleaning and other chores leaves no time for you to relax or enjoy you cooking.

Here are some kitchen hacks that will make cooking simpler. The following kitchen tips will expedite the prepping and cooking process, leaving you with enough time to enjoy the rest of your day.

Choose the correct knife

The knife is a small but important component of your Sleek kitchen. It is vital to choose a sharp and well-balanced knife. There are different knives for slicing, dicing, chopping fruits and vegetables. Choose two or three, according to your needs and habits. Do ensure a good quality even if the price may seem steep.

Sharpen knives

Over a period of time, even good knives lose their sharpness. To sharpen a knife, use a ceramic mug. Rub the blade of the knife against its exposed and unpolished bottom for a few minutes. Your knife will be as sharp as new and will help you to cut your vegetables easily and quickly.

Roast items evenly

When you roast vegetables or fries, you need to constantly flip them over. Even then some parts may remain under or overcooked. To get an evenly roasted item without flipping, simply follow this tip. Heat your sheet or pan before you begin roasting. As the bottom will become hot, you will not have to worry about turning the sides to get an even roast.

Clean the grill

Food items often stick to the grill and make it dirty over a period of time. You may make use of an onion to clean and disinfect its surface. Pre-heat your grill, take half an onion and rub it against the rods for a sparkling grill that cooks food evenly.

Juice a lemon

Use tongs to juice a lemon when there is no juicer available. Cut a lemon in two pieces and put it inside the tongs. Press the ends to exert pressure on the flesh-side of the lemon. Finally, twist the lemon to squeeze out the juice completely.

Cut soft foods

A dental floss may be used to cut soft foods without any mess. Straighten and hold the floss along the two ends. Place a cake or cheese slab below it and use it as a knife.

Implement these tips in your daily chores and make your life easier while working in your Sleek modular kitchen.