The daily routine leads us to accumulate everything at home without realizing it, also in the kitchen. And, although we advocate reusing and reusing whenever possible, from time to time there is no choice but to take out a bag of garbage and give our kitchen and pantry a facelift, discarding what is not, nor will it ever be, useful. Not doing so ends up making it difficult to maintain order and cleanliness, since there are objects that only take up space, accumulate dirt and, in many cases, even harm the eyes. Although it is not only about throwing away what is not used, it is also about renewing accessories that we continue to use but that, in their decrepitude. they prevent us from cooking more easily or could be potentially dangerous.
The egg cup in the fridge
This object we recommend throwing it preventively and is that eggs should not be kept in the fridge door. In addition, the plastic egg cups that these usually include as standard are not the most recommended packaging for them. It is best to leave the door for sauces and drinks, and keep the eggs in the packaging in which they are sold, on the top shelf and away from strong odors. Temperature changes do not sit well with them, and the cardboard egg cup, when perspiring, preserves them better than plastic or ceramic.
Knives that don’t cut
Poor quality knives that don’t cut well, old or not, are the bane of any professional chef and should be at home as well. You don’t have to spend a fortune but it’s worth it invest a little more in the essentials from day to day, and in taking good care of them. We will cook better, faster and much more safely if the knife is the right size, comfortable to handle and is well sharpened, with the blade intact. That is why it is also recommended to always wash and dry them by hand.
MasterChef Kitchen Knives, Chef Knife Set (Meat, Saw for Bread, Vegetables and Fish), Stainless Steel Collection with Soft Touch Handles, Multifunctional, 5 Pieces, Black.
Damaged kitchen towels
With the number of beautiful and cheap kitchen towels that we can find today in countless stores, reusing until eternity those that are yellowed, with stains that no longer appear, have holes or burns, should be a crime. we are in favor of wash and reuse as many times as we can, but yes, with a limit.
Moldy scourers, cloths and rags
This point It is not a question of aesthetics, but of health and hygiene. The cloths and scouring pads that we use daily to scrub, dry, clean the countertop or the sink… can be home to bacteria and other potentially dangerous microorganisms.
The ideal is to carry out constant maintenance: disinfecting and drying them whenever we can with bleach and similar products, until they almost reach the limit of healthiness. We do not want them to develop unpleasant biofilm, a source of pathogenic microorganisms. When that film is formed, there is no other solution than garbage.
old table linen
In many houses we keep tablecloths and napkins that are family heirlooms like gold, perhaps even hand-embroidered, but beyond the nostalgic component it makes no sense to keep old tablecloths that are yellowed or damaged. It is not pleasant to set a table with ugly or damaged tablecloths, much less if there are guests. Keep only the ones that have true sentimental value, and discard or renew the others. Don’t add ugliness to your life for free.
Damaged or missing lids
It is not uncommon to have at home the occasional container that no longer closes well, with spots that do not pop, scratches, strange odors or orphans of covers. Also keep in mind that they have an expiration date. If a container does not work well, it is best to throw it away and, if we need to replace it, buy new ones, of good quality and with all the guarantees of food safety. And try to keep them tidy, with their lids always close and well matched.
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Cracked and chipped dinnerware
If your plates or cups are already damaged, full of the flaws left by daily use with cracks, chips and other marks, do yourself a favor and change it because they give a very poor look to the table. Nor is it about buying a hand-painted porcelain tableware, but there are very competent collections in terms of price that are resistant and pleasant to use. Or you can replace the broken pieces with loose units to taste.
Cesiro dinnerware, 12-piece set, 4 dessert plates/long plates/deep plates, ash blue, dishwasher/electric/microwave/fridge compatible.
Spices with the price in pesetas
Although it is true that spices do not expire, it is not advisable to accumulate them for years and decades. They could harbor small insects that have found a home in their aromatic interior. Besides, they lose all their aroma, which is their reason for being. The sooner you spend a spice, the better. If you still have one with the price marked in pesetas, upload a photo to the networks for laughter and then, please, throw it away.
Although the date of some products is of preferential consumption, there is a reasonable limit to continue saving them after a long time. Sauces, oils, vinegars, pasta and cereals, cookies, snacks, frozen foods, drinks, pickles, preserves and semi-preserves… check the dates of expiration of everything and throw away what has been there for months or years forgotten.
Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, vinaigrettes, soy sauce… the small sachets that are usually given out in restaurants and fast food chains to accompany dishes such as hamburgers, fries, sushi or salads, also in home orders, tend to accumulate in the drawers but, surprise: they also expire. If we haven’t used them in a while, it’s better to throw them away.
Openers to stop a train
Bottle openers are a very typical promotional accessory, to which corkscrews, can openers and the like should be added. It is not uncommon for us to end up having extra copies because they are given to us or because we lose sight of them and end up buying several Toca take inventory, select the best quality ones and retire the rest.
Cans, jars and bottles that you have never reused
Reusing glass jars and bottles at home can be a good DIY idea, the problem is that we can accumulate too many without ever using them. Remember that, in order to use a jar safely if we want to sterilize and preserve prepared food for a long time, the lid must be intact, no dents or rust, and close hermetically. Otherwise, they can be used to store dry items or for a decorative project. But ask yourself if you are really going to use them, or recycle them.
utensils you never use
Open drawers and cabinets and take out all the knick-knacks, small appliances and gadgets you find. In addition to taking the opportunity to clean, be honest and separate everything that you have not used in months, years or in life. We would not be surprised if you find objects that you do not even remember what they are for. If they are not useful to you, they do not deserve space at home. In the event that they work well, surely you can give them away, donate them or, even, sell them second-hand.
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