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How to Organize Your Kitchen

189 Great Kitchen Organization Tips and Ideas

How to Organize Your KitchenWhat makes a great kitchen is how you organize it. with this book you'll discover dozens of great ideas to save time and make your kitchen work much more efficient. Here are the best tips and tricks for organizing everything in your kitchen.

Here's just a small sample of the tips included:

Kitchen Cleanup
Out of liquid dishwashing detergent? Substitute any mild shampoo.
To make an all-purpose soft soap, grate or shave 2 cups of hard bar soap into a large pot, or measure 2. cups of powdered soap into the pot.
Add 1 gallon of water and heat the mixture over medium heat to boiling point, stirring constantly to dissolve the soap. Then lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes, stirring it from time to time. Remove the pot from the heat and let the soap cool partially before pouring it into a clean container and covering tightly. You now have a gallon of soft soap.
If you're using an inexpensive dishwashing detergent but find that it leaves spots on the dishes, simply put a few tablespoons of vinegar in the rinse water.

It's usually possible to remove burned-on foods from a pan by coating the burned-on food generously with baking soda barely moistened with water. Leave the paste on overnight and then wash the pan as usual.
Another way of removing burned-on foods from a pan is to fill the pan with water, drop in one or two fabric softener sheets, and let the water stand for an hour or so. The food crust will lift right off.
To rid a teakettle of lime deposits, fill it with a mix of half water and half vinegar and boil the mixture. Let it stand overnight, and then pour the cooled-off liquid-and the lime-down the drain.
Keep a jar of hot, soapy water on the sink when you're cooking and slip silverware into it as you finish using it. Rinse quickly, and the utensils will be clean again.
Always scrape food particles from your dishes before loading the dishes into the dishwasher.
Use the correct cleaning detergents in your dishwasher. Soap suds can damage the equipment, and soap leaves a film on silverware and glasses.

Before you put plastic dishes in the dishwasher, be sure they are labeled dishwasher-safe.
If you take off your rings, watch, or bracelet while washing dishes, fasten a large cup hook near the kitchen sink and hang these valuables on it.
Position the hook so that there's no chance of a small ring slipping out of your hands and down an open drain.
Use a crumpled sheet of newspaper to soak up excess grease from a pan before cleaning the pan in the regular manner.
Try removing dark stains from an aluminum pan by filling the pan with water containing 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar per quart of water and boiling the mixture. White vinegar added to water and boiled works equally well.
To remove discolorations from an aluminum pot, cook tomatoes or applesauce in it; the acid in the food will brighten up the metal.
A cast iron skillet won't rust if you wash and dry it and then-while it is still warm-rub it with a little cooking oil.
You can remove charred food spots from the interior of a cast iron utensil by sprinkling salt on the spots, adding enough vinegar to cover, and boiling the mixture.
Moisture causes cast iron to deteriorate, so after washing and towel drying a cast iron skillet, put it in a warm oven to complete the drying process. It's also a good idea to place paper towels between cast iron pans when you stack them so that moisture can't get trapped between them.
The easiest way to clean the outside of a cast iron skillet is with oven cleaner. Spray it on, let it stand for an hour, and wipe it off with a solution of water and vinegar.
If your glass coffee percolator looks dull, make it sparkle again by boiling vinegar in it.

To remove tarnish from a copper pot, rub the pot with ketchup.
Copper pans also can be cleaned with sour milk. Pour some in a flat dish and soak the copper bottom for an hour. Then wash as usual.
To remove stains from cookware with a nonstick finish, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water and 1fz cup of liquid bleach. Boil the solution in the pan for several minutes until the stains vanish. After washing the pan with soap and water, wipe the inner surface with cooking oil to preseason it.
To remove rust stains from tinned kitchen ware, simply rub with a peeled potato dipped in a mild abrasive powder and then rinse.
Vinegar is a quick, inexpensive cleaning agent for discolored copper cookware: Apply a paste consisting of 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of flour.
Because vinegar is acid, wash the skillet in hot, soapy water, then rinse it. Finish off the job with a vigorous buffing to restore a shine. You can achieve the same results with a paste made of 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt.
To protect your wok from rust when not in use, coat it lightly with cooking oil before storing it.
Stubborn food spots on glassware will dissolve if rubbed with baking soda.
Greasy glassware will come sparkling clean if washed in an ammonia solution.
If there are stubborn lime and water spots on your glassware, try polishing the spots away with a soft chamois cloth.
It is best to wash milk glass and wooden items by hand; if washed in the dishwasher, milk glass will yellow and wooden items will crack and split.

Here's an easy way to remove the cloudiness from your fine crystal: Fill the glasses with ordinary water and drop a denture tablet in each. Wait until the tablets dissolve and then rinse the glasses; the film will be gone.
To prevent cracking, slip delicate stemware into the wash water edgewise-not bottom first.
For real sparkle add a little vinegar to the warm rinse water.
To dry delicate stemware, stand it upside down on a soft towel, or polish it gently with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Use a soft brush to remove dirt from crevices in glassware.
You can clean a stained decanter by filling it with water, adding a cup of ammonia or vinegar, and letting it stand overnight. This doesn't work to your satisfaction, use 2 packs of powdered denture cleaner dissolved in water.
A good way to clean a glass decanter is to cut a potato into small pieces, drop the pieces into the decanter, add warm water, and shake until the decanter's inside surfaces are spotless. Throw out the potato pieces, and then rinse the decanter with clean water.
A vase with a narrow neck appears to be hard to clean, but you can freshen it by dampening the inside with water, sprinkling in some toilet bowl cleaner, and waiting 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Or fill the vase with hot water, add rice and 2 teaspoons of vinegar, and shake vigorously.
You can retard silver tarnishing by placing a piece of alum in the silverware drawer. When silver eventually does tarnish, apply silver polish with a sponge rather than a cloth; a sponge squeezes into crevices a cloth can't reach. Wash silverware by hand rather than in the dishwasher; then buff dry to bring up the shine and prevent water spots. The same method should be used for brass and pewter articles.
Using sterling silver flatware regularly slows the tarnishing process and gives the pieces a beautiful patina.
If you do wash sterling silver in the dishwasher, separate it from stainless steel. Contact between the two produces an electrolytic action that pits the stainless steel.
Because contact with rubber darkens silver, wear cloth instead of rubber gloves when cleaning it. Also, never fasten pieces of silverware together with rubber bands.
Even the slightest dampness causes silver to tarnish, so after you've washed or polished sterling silver it's a good idea to let it air dry for a few hours before putting it away.
Remove stains from crystal glassware by rubbing with a cut lemon or washing in a water and vinegar solution.
When washing delicate objects in the sink, guard against breakage by padding the sink bottom with a towel; wrap another towel, held in place with a rubber band, around the faucet.
You can keep stainless steel shiny by rubbing it with a lemon peel or a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol, and then washing it as usual.
When black spots appear on carbon steel knives, you can remove them with an old wine bottle cork. Sprinkle cleanser on the side of the blade, wet the cork, and scrub the blade with the flat end of the cork. Clean the other side the same way. If you want carving knives to remain sharp, wash them in cool water.
To retard tarnish on polished brass, rub it with a cloth moistened with olive oil. When it eventually tarnishes, clean it by rubbing with a lemon wedge dipped in salt. inset with water and dry with a soft cloth.
You can minimize scratching when you polish pewter if you rub it with cabbage leaves or very fine steel wool. Then rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.
You'll make defrosting the refrigerator easier if you rub the inside of the freezer section with shortening. As an alternative, spray it with a commercial coating that prevents food from sticking to pans. Either way, ice will slide right off when you defrost.

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