Ways to Spruce Up Your Kitchen for Spring
Spring is the perfect time to cleanse your kitchen space ready for the new season. If you use your kitchen a lot to whip up tasty treats, you’ll know how important it is to keep everything clean and tidy for your next batch of goodies. After the winter months, your cooking buddies might need a good clean and freshen up to get them back to optimum working order, so now a great time to put in some elbow grease and get everything back to normal for the new season. There are several ways to start decluttering your kitchen including clearing out cupboards of unwanted items and tackling the oven, so here are some easy ways to get your kitchen looking as good as new again.
Use your lemons
Lemons are a great natural resource for cleaning and have anti-bacterial properties as well as their ability to make things taste great. If you have leftover lemon halves, why not consider using them to rub over chopping boards to disinfect them. They can also be used to cleanse and deodorize surfaces to make everything sparkle again.
Grow your own herbs
If you haven’t had time to get out in the garden to plant some tasty organic treats, then fear not, you still have some time to get things ready for summer. An excellent place to start is a herb garden. If you use herbs in your recipes, having them on hand and grown from your home can offer exciting tastes to your meals. You can even start growing small pots of herbs right here in the kitchen. Simply sprinkle some seeds into a pot of soil; basil, coriander, and parsley work well and leave them to germinate under cling film for about five weeks. You should start seeing some leaves around this time so it won’t take too long before you can start using them.
Use that leftover pasta
Unless you’ve been storing your pasta in vacuum sealer bags, then you might need to consider using your opened bags of pasta to create a big tasty dish. We’re all guilty of preparing pasta to feed an army, but this can lead to lots of unopened packets with small amounts leftover that never gets used up as you don’t have enough for portion sizes. That leftover food is excellent for creating a mix up of pasta styles and putting into a huge bake, which the family will love.
Tackling the oven
This is one of those chores we regularly put off but cleaning out the oven is something that needs to be done a few times a year. After all the cooking it’s been through over the year, it deserves a good clean to make sure it’s in optimum condition to create new recipes. There are many oven cleaners that’ll do the trick but if you want something more natural, try bicarbonate of soda, salt, vinegar and some lemon juice to make it into a paste and start scrubbing.