3 Tricks For Better Kitchen Management

Make Hidden Kitchen Appliances with linear actuators

Linear actuators can be put to many utilities in homes, warehouses, offices, boats and cars. Such an application include the creation of hidden kitchen mechanisms in your kitchen.

Kitchen appliances such as Spice rack can be hidden in your kitchen counter thanks to linear actuators ability to move or hide kitchen appliances in designated positions.

Linear actuators create these lifts depending on the size and weight of the appliance to be moved. A linear actuator should have a control box and AC power plug for an output of 12vdc.

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​Purchasing a linear actuator

​The client needs to purchase the linear actuator from a vendor before fitting it into the chosen kitchen appliance.  One can use a single or several actuator depending on the desired complexity or simplicity.

Guideline on how to make Hidden Kitchen Appliance using the linear actuator

The guideline below is suitable for a 12’’ stroke linear actuator with a remote control, mounting bracket and power supply.

  • Create a vertical drawer of wood to move the appliance up and down. The drawers should be self-guiding so since the linear actuator will only do the pushing and pulling.
  • The kitchen appliance is inserted in this vertical drawer hence need to be the same size as the kitchen appliance. The drawer should be 6-10” inside the cabinet to bring stability and linearity of the actuators.
  • The actuator should, in this case be the same height as the appliance, with an addition inches, e.g., 12” stroke has an appliance of 10”.
  • The drawer base and top should be covered by 2 MB3 brackets.
  • Connect the remote control and operate it remotely the actuator and the power supply.
  • If all these modifications are in place, you can sit back with your friends and enjoy the kitchen appliance go up and down the cabinet (hiding).

Kitchen Tricks: Plastic Squeeze Bottles

very once in a while, a simple and easy idea comes along that makes a huge improvement in your cooking. For me, this was one of the big ones. I’ve been using squeeze bottles for years now (they are probably OLD news to many of you), so I’m actually surprised I haven’t extolled the virtues of them here on the blog yet.

Yes, they are awesome. Yes, if you haven’t yet converted to using these cheap and effective tools, you probably should.

If you’re cooking regularly, you’ve probably got 4 or 5 different types of oils, some vinegars, sauces, or other commonly-used liquids. Chances are these are stored in the original jars or bottles, deep inside a kitchen cabinet.

They are all different sizes, and each has its own special way of frustrating the crap out of you by not opening or pouring easily when you need it the most.

Instead, do what the professionals do: put these items into squeeze bottles (like the kind you see used for ketchup and mustard). Look for cheap clear bottles with screw-on tapered nozzles.

You can cut the top to dispense just the right amount of each ingredient. Simple as that!

Keep these handy bottles within easy reach and, when you’re ready to cook, you can just grab and squeeze—no lids, no caps, no digging around for that obscure container you can’t seem to find.

I use these all the time, especially for fast-paced jobs like stir frying. You also have far more control… coating a hot wok with canola oil is much more easily done when you can just squeeze some in, rather than trying to glug it out of a giant container.

Besides quick access to cooking oils and seasonings, these bottles can also be used for adding lines, dots, or rings of sauce for presentation—especially those fancy dessert plates.

Just don’t go too crazy, ok? Simple is good.

Homemade mayonnaise, tzatziki, salad dressings, and other condiments are yet another perfect usage of these bottles.

My personal squeeze bottle lineup may, at any time, include: vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, extra virgin olive oil, homemade caesar dressing, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar.

Do you use squeeze bottles? What’s your favorite thing to fill them with?

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Develop Effective Modern Kitchen Management Skills

If you think that technology and management have entered only our industries and management institutes, you’re wrong. These have entered our kitchen also in a big way to change life, especially for women.

In fact, the modern kitchen has greatly helped in the empowerment of women.

The changeover from traditional firewood/kerosene to LPG, has revolutionised cleanliness and the environment. The pressure cooker has helped housewives to reduce cooking time drastically.

With the use of the refrigerator, mixer-grinder, microwave oven, electric chimney, etc, the kitchen has totally changed –. So has the way we used to cook and preserve food in the kitchen.

The design and layout are to be taken care of by the architect or the civil engineer while constructing the kitchen. But other things are to be taken care of by the person operating the kitchen.

A safe kitchen is one of the first steps in protecting yourself and your family from food-borne illness and the potential dangers of harmful bacteria as well as protecting the person working in the kitchen from LPG leakage and subsequent explosion.

The most common problem in food safety is the attack from bacteria and contamination due to lack of proper cleanliness. 

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