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12 Apartment Kitchen Essentials

When you think of your kitchen, are you excited or overwhelmed? Most say the kitchen in your home is the most important room in the entire house. It is used for yes, the obvious of cooking meals, but it is also used for entertaining, gathering good friends and family, and making memories around delicious food. Even in a smaller space, you can still make the most of your kitchen by having on hand these essential kitchen tools as well as some extra organization tools to make the most of your storage. Let's dive in!

Essential Kitchen Tools
1. Let's wake up:
 Not everyone enjoys that first cup of coffee in the morning, but let's face it, most of us absolutely do. A coffee maker duels not only your key for brewing a perfect cup, but it also duels as your way of brewing hot water for tea. This item can be used for multiple purposes, that way you do not need a tea kettle taking up more space in your kitchen/stove.

2. Little but mighty tools: Do you have a can opener? Then you have the opener to a lot of things in your kitchen food mainly! This tool is small but the key to many different foods, recipes, and dishes that come from a can! It is recommended to not get an automatic opener. Take the old-school route and use a safety hand opener. This will save your fingers from getting pinched. It is also recommended to have a hand juicer for lemons and limes, spatulas, and different sizes of wooden spoons. Wood is preferred over plastic, so it won't melt when making your favorite pasta or mac and cheese!

a person is cutting a lemon with a grinder

3. Trending now: paper plates: The word is out, and our generation is loving paper plates! Paper plates not only come in cute designs other than stark white, but they also are heavy-duty, easy to use, and easy to fill up with plenty of food! Using paper plates over regular plates has a few benefits. Paper plates are unbreakable, perfect if your home is full of kiddos and or pets who could get their hands (or paws) on them. Using paper plates also helps save on water and your precious time! Instead of doing dishes all night in the sink or filling up the dishwasher, toss your plates out, wipe down the counters, and you're done with your meal! If paper plates aren't your thing, you can also pick up trendy plastic ware and you can find these sets at Target, Walmart, or Amazon. You do have to take the time to wash but they are unbreakable and can make your evening cooking a little easier!

4. Cut up the board, not the counters: It is important to make your apartment your home but remember, in the end, it is not yours! You do have to give it back in the end. With this notion, it is recommended to have a few cutting boards on hand while you are cutting, chopping, and even prepping food like meats, and fish! Even dull knives can cut up the counters and you don't want to get charged for those, so please use a board. Cutting boards are also great surfaces to use for your prep stations for seasoning, and marinading, and can even serve as your appetizer charcuterie board for your next party! You can find cutting boards as cheap as plastic ones or as expensive and fancy as wood ones.

a cutting board with vegetables and a knife on it

4. Cut up the board, not the counters: It is important to make your apartment your home but remember, in the end, it is not yours! You do have to give it back in the end. With this notion, it is recommended to have a few cutting boards on hand while you are cutting, chopping, and even prepping food like meats, and fish! Even dull knives can cut up the counters and you don't want to get charged for those, so please use a board. Cutting boards are also great surfaces to use for your prep stations for seasoning, and marinading, and can even serve as your appetizer charcuterie board for your next party! You can find cutting boards as cheap as plastic ones or as expensive and fancy as wood ones.

5. Foil up: Foils are great in the kitchen and useful for many reasons that can make your kitchen and cooking time easier! Aluminum foil seems to be a fan favorite in the sense that it is heavy-duty, keeps your food warm, and is great for keeping leftovers snug in the fridge. Are you a baker? Parchment Paper is great for laying down on baking sheets to keep your cookies from sticking! Saran wrap is also good for leftovers. Do you fight with yours? Roll out your desired length and cut it free with scissors.

 

Kitchen Organization:
1. Plastic Storage Containers: Plastic storage containers or known as Tupperware comes in hundreds of different shapes, sizes, and styles. These are great for the obvious need for food/leftover storage but they can also be used for storage of utensils, cereal, dried pasta, and baking ingredients. Depending on your style, these containers also duel as decor pieces on your countertop. Many brands come in various colors and designs that will match any style and home.

2. Butcher block island: Do you need extra storage and or prep space? We recommend purchasing or making a butcher's island/table. This can be made from a cart-style base and added to a butcher's block countertop. This can also be a space where friends gather, and where small meals are shared. Underneath your butcher's block, you can store dishes, bowls, and other kitchen utensils. If you aren't feeling crafty you can buy one on Amazon or just about any other home goods store that is on the internet.

3. Store out in the open: Are you lacking a large pantry or shelves for extra storage? Place your smaller items out on the countertops on a stand or decorative shelf. Spinning cake stands are a great and stylish way to showcase and store your spices and other items you may not have room for elsewhere. Do you have large a Dutch Oven or a crock pot you don't have room for anywhere else? Store your prettiest of pots and pans on the stovetop and countertop. They duel as cookware and statement pieces!

a kitchen with a stove and a bowl of fruit

4. Hang it up: Peg boards have many uses, but did you know you can hang one for your pots and pans? You sure can! A peg board can be purchased at any home improvement store, and you can get it cut accustomed to your needs and liking. From there you can paint it to match your desired decor theme, and then be sure it is secure into your wall before you begin to hang your desired objects!
5. Store up top:
 The tops of your cabinets are for more than just your faux plants to drape down the sides of your cabinets. They can be used for an abundance of extra storage! Store unwanted boxes, kitchen appliances you are not using currently, or extra dishes. Be cautious as cats also love the tops of those cabinets and it will be more than likely that you will find them snoozing away up there!

6. Use it and fold it up: Are you worried about a lack of space and want to use certain spaces other than for their intended use? Do you want to use your dining space as something other than to eat? Go for it! Grab yourself a folding table and bring it out when it is time to eat and fold it back up when you are finished. This will leave you lots more room for other needs and purposes, and it will open up your kitchen as well.

7. Flip the script: Turn your backsplash into storage. Throw on some magnetic strips and you now have your knives up and out of the way. It will also free up your counter space from having to house a chunky knife block as well. You can also tuck your bakeware or cutting boards up underneath your backsplash as well to free up the counter space and or shelving space.

 

Your kitchen should be a space you enjoy, not one you dread. We hope these Kitchen tools will help you save time in the kitchen, get back to eating good food, and enjoy the even better company! Even in a smaller space, you can still find ways for great storage and hidden spaces along the way. Last but not least, don't forget all the little gadgets in your kitchen that do mighty jobs. We hope these tips and tricks have been helpful in order for you to make the most of your kitchen and its space!

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