After years of learning how to cook healthy and delicious meals in my kitchen, there are a few tricks that I can share with novice cooks. One of these tricks involves the state of your kitchen. If you have a messy kitchen that’s not stocked with what you need, it’s much easier to just grab food through a drive through. However, if your kitchen is clean, orderly and fully stocked, you’ll find cooking to be much more enjoyable. Here are 5 things you can do to spring clean your kitchen for healthy cooking.
1. Get rid of unwanted pantry items
Before you can fill your kitchen with healthy items, you’ll need to rid your pantry and cupboards of unwanted items. Pull everything out of each cupboard and drawer, and put them into piles of items you use and items you don’t use. Give away or throw away the unwanted items, and put the wanted items aside until later.
2. Clean out your fridge and freezer
The next step is to clean our your ridge and freezer. Just like you did with your pantry items, sort them into piles of wanted and unwanted items. Check for things that are expired or that you haven’t used in the last 6 months. While everything is out, wipe down the shelves, drawers and walls so it’s clean before you put the wanted items back in.
3. Assign and consolidate containers
Now that you have all the items you want to keep, it’s time to find appropriate sized containers for everything. Feel free to consolidate items whenever possible, like putting different types of noodles together in one box. Place the items back in the fridge, freezer, cupboards and drawers with the most used items within easy reach.
4. Donate unused gadgets
Go through all your bowls, plates, silverware, and kitchen gadgets to find items that you don’t really need. Think about what you cook most often, and rid yourself of things you might only use once a year. Any items you don’t need anymore can be donated to a local thrift store or charitable organization.
5. Stock up on universal ingredients
Now it’s time to stock up on what you really need in your kitchen. Regardless of what you cook, there are certain ingredients that are used over and over again in most kitchens. Some of these include flour, salt, vanilla, sugar, oats, baking soda, olive oil, chocolate chips, rice and baking powder. Go through a list of recipes you want to make and fill your cupboards and pantry with these universal items. Once you have all these popular items, you’ll be able to make whatever you want.