Three Kitchen Hacks to Master the ‘New Normal’

The pandemic has changed everything, whether we want to admit it or not. From the way we work to the way we cook, many of us have modified our routines. 

At the beginning of this unexpected era, we were all keen to try new things as we tried to sway away from boredom. However, at this point, we should all be well-seasoned into the new reality — meaning, the wonder (if we can even call it that) of it is quickly dissipating. 

We’ve finally gotten to the point where we buckle down and establish a routine for our “new normal.” 

If you ask us, there’s no better way to start a routine than in the comfort of our own kitchens. Think about the satisfaction an orderly kitchen routine brings. Some may say it’s comparable to true bliss; some may say that’s also an over-exaggeration. Whatever the case may be, we want to help you begin the year on the right foot. 

So, here are a few tips that can help you achieve this through some kitchen hacks:

EGG CARTONS

Whatever you do, don’t dump your egg cartons; they can come in handy. For instance, they can be used for your condiment bottles. 

If you are someone who has condiment bottles all over your fridge, this hack has your name on it. All you need to do is cut the top part of the egg carton. Once you do that, put your bottles in each spot where you once stored your eggs. 

For better results, fit the bottles upside down and place the egg carton in the fridge’s door. You’ll notice that you’ll open up space in your fridge, and the access to your condiments will be better. 

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DRY ERASE MARKERS

Part of the reason many people look for ideas to help with their kitchen organization is that their food often spoils. 

However, there is such a simple solution to this that you might think it is the mother of all hacks. All you need is a dry erase marker. 

Yes, you heard right. Using a dry erase marker in your kitchen will help you avoid throwing away rotten food (a sad event considering so many around the world undergo daily food insecurity.) 

The dry erase marker’s purpose is to write all the contents inside your fridge on the door. Think about it: your fridge has been a dry-erase board that’s been used to stick random magnets all this time. But now it’s time to do the Hispanic thing and repurpose it. 

First, you’ll use the outer part of the door, facing your kitchen, to jot down these items. Then, write their shelf life or expiration date next to the food item. If you want to take a step further, organize the contents in your fridge by sections and write it out that way. For example, you can have areas for your dairy, snacks, and meats (or meatless options.) 

The clean-up is also effortless. You can use a multi-purpose cleaner to clean the door weekly and start writing your notes once it’s dry. 

We are starting slow with the kitchen hacks, as it is the beginning of the year. We want to give you some time to settle in just in case there’s more turbulence around the world this month. But there’s so much more where these came from. Stay tuned!

Photo courtesy of freshpreserving.com

MASON JARS

Our Hispanic culture has taught us that everything we come across can be repurposed for a storage container. However, after a few uses, our recycled containers don’t seal too well, causing our fridges to smell and spoil our food faster. 

Since our culture is as eco-friendly as can be (at least when it comes to food containers), we need to continue with that tradition. Thus, we suggest the inclusion of mason jars in the kitchen. 

These jars are not only chic, but they preserve food much longer. On top of that, they are glass, which is safer to store than plastic. If you weren’t aware, plastic container chemicals might migrate to food after prolonged use, or if it’s heated, so it’s best to recycle them when it’s their time. 

Mason jars can be heated as well; just make sure that you remove the lid first.  Besides, these jars are usually clear, so it’s easier and faster to spot food. After all, we don’t have time to waste this new year, so let’s save it whenever we can!

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