6 Reasons You Don't Hate Cooking But Hate Your Kitchen
If you are like most people today you don't enjoy cooking or the kitchen. It's not necessarily that you can't cook, but the kitchen itself can be a little bit of a pain. You have to find the time forit, you have to find the energy for it and you generally have to find the motivation for it.
Everyone has that moment where they just don't want to cook. Okay, that's being a bit harsh. Some people actually love cooking and they don't mind spending some time in the kitchen. To be honest, I really enjoy cooking and I find it entertaining.
Cooking is one of my favorite pastimes. I prefer to put on some relaxing music and enter a zen state while cutting veggies and preparing soup. Almost every day, I prepare a meal. Even when I'm on vacation, I aim to stay somewhere with a kitchen so that I can prepare at least one meal every day.
I really like eating precisely what I want - I mean, think about it.
When you're going to a restaurant or you're traveling, you may have a hard time finding something that will suit not only your taste, but also be healthy enough not to cause any digestion problems (especially if you have intolerances).
It's your kitchen, not you
I must confess that until I walked into other people's kitchens, I couldn't see how someone could despise cooking. I instantly understood why they disliked cooking.
Trying to chop vegetables with a dull knife or cook in a pan without a properly fitted lid is, to say the least, infuriating. Then there's the problem of feeling like you need to do laps around the kitchen or check in every cupboard to find what you're looking for. Or having to rummage through heaps of other items to find the pan or utensil you need.
By watching and cooking in other people's kitchens, I found what it takes to make cooking a pleasure... or at the very least a more pleasurable experience.
#1 Only The Essentials
Your kitchen should have everything you need and nothing you don't. This implies that your kitchen should only include the necessary cooking equipment and NOTHING else.
This is not the area to leave book bags, purses, or documents of any type.... In other words, if it's not going to be used for cooking, find another use for it.
#2 Most Commonly Used
Unless you have a big kitchen with plenty of additional room, you should not keep anything in it that you use less than once a month.
Ice cream makers
and other fancy gadgets are infrequently used but take up a lot of room
If you can't bear the thought of parting with them, at the very least remove them from your kitchen or store them in a cupboard that is out of reach. If you want to produce ice cream, it's best to take it out of the garage twice a year rather than every day. The same is true for holiday dishes, fine china, and other party materials.
Cabinets and drawers with easy access are great kitchen real estate. Keep all your necessary ingredients, cookware, and utensils within arm's reach.
There are various ways to organize your storage and shelves in a way that would be also efficient - think about sorting it based on:
Usage (times of the year, events, daily cooking)
The top shelf is good real estate if you are tall - but not if you are short.
#4 Within Reach
Organize your kitchen so that everything you need is in the area where you use it - this includes utensils, as stated in #3. Pots and pans should be stored near the stove. Plates and glasses should be kept close to the dishwasher so they can be easily emptied.
This will also help you in sorting out utensils that you rarely use, allowing you to conveniently get rid of items that you don't truly need.
#5 Get rid of everything that no longer belongs
Remove everything from your kitchen that is not used on a regular basis. This includes old pots and pans, unused cookware, and any other kitchen items that have been sitting around for too long. Clean and organize these items so that they can be used again in the future.
This also includes that old pot with the lose handle or that extra top that doesn't fit anything - they need to go.
Remember those four thousand extra plastic bags? You know the answer.
It's not that you don't like cooking; it's simply that the process of getting there is too frustrating and complicated since you don't have everything at your fingertips.
#6 Routine - take the edge off
Make sure everything has a home and that everything is in the EXACT same location. I never let someone put away dishes unless they know EXACTLY where they should go.
Think about it this way, a surgeon does not have her tools laid out by someone on the surgical tray - if they do, it's always in the exact same spot.
Maybe you don't hate cooking on its own, but maybe you just hate that it takes so much longer to find something?
This is why: It will be much simpler to cook if you have everything organized in a certain and uniform manner. This is particularly critical if you are a novice chef or attempting to follow a recipe.
Having everything in one location will also help you keep your kitchen tidy - no more searching for that measuring spoon or chopstick in the midst of a shambles on the counter.
Just as your home gains more value when it is organized, your life will become more purposeful when you have a place for everything and everything in its place. To create the space you need, you may have to get rid of things you no longer need or use. It can be difficult to let go of things, especially when they hold sentimental value. However, you'll find that with a little imagination and creativity, you can make it work to your advantage.
A well-organized kitchen makes cooking a breeze. With the right setup and the right tools, you'll be able to cook your favorite recipes with ease.
With all these small steps, you may just realize how much you actually love cooking.