When it comes to healthy kitchen habits, some precautions are more obvious than others. The importance of regularly washing your hands, for example, is something that even small children understand. In addition, wiping down countertops is commonly practiced for general cleanliness. However, a recent study reports that there are many kitchen items that commonly become cross-contaminated during preparation of meals. Harmful bacteria can also multiply when foods are not stored properly.
In order to protect yourself and your loved ones from unnecessary illness, here are four kitchen habits that you can adopt for healthier and sustainable living.
Defrost Meat in the Refrigerator
Harmful pathogens can multiply rapidly in meat or poultry that is allowed to thaw at room temperature. Once they have taken hold in full force, they cannot even be destroyed through the cooking process. Following proper thawing procedures is important … Continue reading
The average American spends about $139 on food every week. Although many people may not realize just how much they’re spending, the reality is that lots of little food purchases add up. That combined with the other expenses that go into keeping your kitchen stocked and fully functional, and you could easily be spending hundreds of dollars a month in your kitchen alone.
Since food is a necessity, many people believe this is one area where cutting back isn’t really possible. But that’s simply not the case. Saving money in the kitchen is definitely doable, and once you learn how to do it, your pockets will thank you forever. Here are 10 ways you can save money in the kitchen.
1. Buy Generic Brands
It’s true that many people don’t even think to purchase generic brands when grocery shopping. But by avoiding name brand food, drinks, and condiments, you can save yourself some money without sacrificing the taste you love.
With the kitchen being one of the most important areas of your home and probably the area you spend the most time in, you want to make sure it reflects your lifestyle and needs. If you’re looking to remodel your entire kitchen, be sure to keep these factors in mind to stay on track.
The size of your kitchen will play a big role in the overall design of your kitchen remodel. For example, you may want a larger kitchen, or need to work with what you currently have and make upgrades accordingly. Consider what is currently near your kitchen and whether or not you have an open concept home. If you have an open concept home or your kitchen is near underutilized space, such as an unnecessary hallway or a closet that isn’t used, you may have an opportunity to add … Continue reading
Did you know that 40% of all food in the US is wasted? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a goal of cutting food waste to about 109 pounds per person by 2030. Compare this to the 2010 baseline of about 219 pounds per person. There are several other steps we can each take at home and in our everyday routines as well.
1 Grocery shopping
You can start minimizing waste from the pre-purchase stage of the food chain. Create a shopping list of ingredients and stick to it. Plan a week’s worth of meals to prepare. Then, buy exactly what and precisely how much you need for each meal.
In contrast, with preserved items, look for bulk deals, but make sure you buy in amounts that you can use before the expiration date.
2 Meal prep and eating habits
You’re eating habits can also play a part in increasing your food waste. Besides listing the ingredients you’ll need, note the foods you already have in the cupboard and fridge and cook with what you have. … Continue reading
With every appliance replacement comes the question of what to do with the old appliance.
You don’t want the replaced appliance taking up space, but you also want to get rid of it in a useful and environmentally friendly way. After all, unlike managing your own plastic use, appliance removal will involve trusting the recycling practices of others. If you’re wondering how to get rid of the old refrigerator or microwave, consider the following disposal options.
1. Use a dumpster rental or trash removal service
If you have several appliances to remove, along with other items, consider renting a dumpster. Dumpsters are available in small and large sizes, and renting will allow you to remove on your on schedule. Once the dumpster has all the disposed items, ask the trash removal service to come for the pickup. To ensure proper removal, confirm how the trash removal company takes care of appliances – whether they go to recycling or some other place.
2. Let the installation company take it
If you are replacing the old appliance with a new one, … Continue reading