Organizing Your Kitchen Like A Professional Chef

Many of us love to cook but having an organized work area is imperative to being able to enjoy the process. Whether it is assuring that you have all the necessary ingredients before you begin or being able to find all the tools you need for creating your recipe, organizing your kitchen like a chef will make all this easier. Chefs spend a good portion of time assuring that their kitchens are set up for a fast, efficient and pleasurable cooking experience. 

The first step should be to organize your refrigerator the way one would in a restaurant. All your meat, poultry and fish should be stored on the bottom shelf where the refrigerator is the coldest. This will also prevent any meat juices from dripping down onto other foods below and cross-contaminating them. Always date every container with the date when it was opened. Then there won’t be any guessing as to how old that container pasta sauce really is, and you can easily see when something should be tossed, rather than used. 

Next you need to organize your pantry. Use clear containers of the same shape that can easily be stacked on top of each other. This way you can see at a glance which container contains beans, pasta or rice, and you won’t waste time opening numerous containers before finding the correct ingredient. 

In both your pantry and your refrigerator, as well as any other food storage areas, always follow the FIFO rule. This means First In, First Out. The oldest of whichever ingredient you are using is always stored in the front of the shelf, and it is always the first to be used, before any fresher ingredients of the same item are used. 

Professional kitchens are usually set up in some form of a triangle, with the points being made up of the stove/oven, refrigerator and sink. Many home kitchens are built in this same configuration to maximize efficiency and reduce the time spent walking back and forth between stations. Try to store items and utensils that will be used at each station near that area, so when you are reaching for a cooking sheet you will be standing by your oven and not the sink. Take into consideration what you will be using when you are baking, prepping food and washing dishes. If you are cleaning off plates to load the dish washer, or peeling potatoes, you are going to want the trash can next to you. Be sure to locate your trash can near your sink and dish washer. 

Many chefs keep a large dry erase board in their kitchen, to keep track of items they are running low on, have completely run out of, or need to purchase large quantities of, for a special occasion. Hang up a dry erase board in your kitchen, so you have a quick and easy way to keep track of these things as well. This way, the next time you open the last bottle of milk or need to remember to buy several pounds of salmon for your upcoming dinner party, all you need to do is check your white board before heading to the store. An additional benefit for home kitchens, if your white board is the magnetic type, you can also stick any coupons you come across during the week up there, so they are easy to grab when you make your grocery list. 

As you can see, there are many ways you can organize your kitchen like a chef, which will make cooking and baking a more pleasurable experience and clean up much quicker. Using these tips will give your kitchen a cleaner look, and your cooking a professional quality!


How To Make Your Own Christmas Cards at Home

Receiving holiday cards like those at Christmas time is a sentimental journey filled with lots of emotions. Also, sending out Christmas cards required us to make our list of the names and addresses of friends and family members. Not only was the outside design of a Christmas card considered inviting, but we also want to the inside message to convey how we feel toward the people we love and care about important. Perhaps we had to purchase several boxes of Christmas cards to send the right message that would suit the person to whom we are mailing them to.

Why not save on the beautiful Christmas cards this year by making your own for very little money. There are a number of free online Christmas card websites that feature great professional templates. When you create your own Christmas cards from online websites, you get to choose your text fonts, Christmas images including uploading your photos, choose your background and choose your own coloring format.

Creating or producing your own Christmas cards shows your creative skills and it shows a wonderful personalized sentiment for this holiday. Online design tools with modern technology can produce Christmas cards that with the right card paper, will look like the expensive cards purchased in a retail store. Making your own cards allows you to produce your Christmas cards faster, easier, and more economical, allowing you to mail, email, or to give out to more family and friends.

Whether you use the Martha Stewart website templates or other professional card making websites, all you need to do is to choose your Christmas card template, then follow the instructions to personalize your own cards with specialized messages inside. There are hundreds of Christmas themes to choose from that will help to make your Christmas card look festive, illustrative, and professionally crafted.

You can easily create Christmas cards that are 3D in texture and dimensions, especially when you add certain materials like felt or foam. Add ribbons, colorful glimmering effects, gems, and other specialized trims. There are a number of inexpensive materials to create your Christmas DIY holiday cards. You can make a DIY Christmas card pop-up with easy to follow steps using tools like scissors, glue, heavy cardstock paper or construction paper with a coloring of your choice.

One of the benefits in making your own Christmas cards to give to loved ones is that they are eco-friendly. From the paper stock you use to the decorations, and including the printer ink, these supplies today are created chemical-free and biodegradable. Not only will your holiday cards spark a special touch with those to whom you send them to, but the cards also can be discarded without any harm to the environment.

Creating and sending out Christmas cards is more than a tradition. The very act of sending and receiving holiday cards brings joy and a smile to everyone’s face. Whether you believe in the traditional idea of Christmas being a religious image or if there are non-believers, you can create the idea of Christmas in many different themes that are acceptable to everyone.

Just taking time out of your busy day to open a personalized, specially designed card just for you, is always a thoughtful gift that shows how much that person is cared for. Just try it! Go to any popular website for your Christmas card templates and find out how much fun and how easy it is to print PDF holiday cards with hardly any out-of-pocket expenses. Your efforts will certainly be rewarded with a hug or a phone call.