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Handy Tools for a Dandy Kitchen

Handy Tools for a Dandy Kitchen


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One way to keep the family healthy is to prepare home cooked meals made from natural ingredients and to stay away from processed food items that are rich in artificial preservatives. Unfortunately, not all home makers look forward to preparing family meals and would rather have someone else do it for them.  Those who have little love for working in the kitchen can make their cooking task a bit easier by equipping the kitchen with some handy tools.

Less mess is less stress in the kitchen. Homemakers who often find themselves cleaning up after ladle drippings on the counter tops or stove can get a little help from the ladle cradle. This kitchen tool is specifically designed to hold a ladle or spoon as you cook. It is shaped like a small dish that is able to hold the ladle in an upright position making it easy for you to grab the handle when your dish needs stirring or tasting. The dish shape also allows it to hold drippings and keep them away from your countertops.

Magnetic knife rack

Knives are essential kitchen tools whether you plan to cook meals or simply toss a salad. As such, a nice looking knife rack can help keep your kitchen organized. Even if you haven’t figured out which knife is used for what, having your knives in one place makes it easier for you to find and switch tools in the midst of preparing meals. One can usually find a knife set that comes with a rack already. Those who have yet to buy their knife rack may want to check if it securely holds knives and protects them from getting dull.

Aside from knives, an apple slicer can also be handy in the kitchen. This tool makes peeling, coring and slicing apples a lot easier and safer too. There is little risk of users getting accidental cuts during the coring or peeling process as compared to using a knife.

You can also do two tasks at the same time because apple slicers are able to slice and peel apples at the same time. Some apple slicers can also be used in peeling potatoes and turnips or in slicing onions and tomatoes.

There are a lot more handy tools that can help even the most inexperienced cook or the culinary challenged individuals. Homemakers who intend to make a serious business out of preparing healthy family meals can start by finding their own tools for a dandy kitchen.

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Clean Cut Ways for Washing Machine Care

Clean Cut Ways for Washing Machine Care


Every gadget or appliance you buy comes with special care instructions that will help increase its efficiency and lengthen its lifespan. Unfortunately, not everyone pays attention to these instructions especially when it comes to low maintenance appliances like the washing machine. Those who want to get the most out of their washers and reduce the risk of ruining their clothes can read on and get to know how to care for the washing machine.

1.     Know Your Machine. There are a lot of different washing machine models in the market today. It is important to familiarize yourself with all its parts and know what it does before using it. The easiest way to get to know the machine is to watch an expert do a demo. Pay close attention to wash instructions and follow it if you want to have clean and nice smelling clothes.

2.     No overloading. Each washing machine has a load capacity that sets the standard for efficient washing. Putting too much clothes in one wash not only compromises the quality of wash, it can also put a strain on the motor or snap the drive belt.

3.    Clean as you go. Just like in the kitchen it is important to clean spilled detergents or fabric conditioners immediately. These gooey spills can turn into stubborn dirt if it is left to dry or if you wait until your next wash before tackling them. You may also schedule a thorough cleaning of the machine inside and out once a month or depending on your frequency or use. Filters should also be checked regularly to ensure that lint is not accumulated and cause clogging.

4.    Dry it up after washing. Make sure that the washer is free of water after use. Water left in the washing machine for some time can leave a musty smell in it, a scent that can also be transferred to your clothes when you wash them.

5.     Practice TLC in operating the washing machine. These machines may not have feelings but they do get broken when handled roughly or improperly. Even the most durable or shock proof machine can end up with a shorter lifespan when mishandled.