It’s time for spring cleaning your kitchen and your food supply!
Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. It was said that it originated from the Iranians practicing “khooneh tekouni” which means “shaking the house” just before the new year. Also, there’s another possibility that it came from the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover. But whichever spring clean originally came from, now’s the perfect time to do it!
Why spring cleaning is needed to be done? Is it improper to say that you’ve been lazy due to the cold winter season? Have you noticed that what’s left in your refrigerator are mostly unhealthy foods? Then it’s the perfect time to spring clean your kitchen and your food supply to have a good start for the new season.
Let these following tips guide you to do spring cleaning, specifically on your kitchen, the most effective way.
Spring Cleaning Tip 1: Dusting
Take a look at your kitchen shelves, take everything out you’ve placed in it before you start dusting off the dust. Brush it with a feather duster. In order for you to reach narrow spots, use a dust brush or crevice tool on a vacuum. Now, deal with your books. You can also brush them with your feather duster and wipe their lids and spines with a clean cloth. Proceed to your refrigerator but first, turn off power at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Notice the coils at the bottom of your refrigerator, just under the grill? It’s a bit messy, right? Clean the coils using the crevice tool of a vacuum or a refrigerator coil brush. Next would be the top of your window casings, hidden corners, or other places in your kitchen that you find it difficult to clean. Avoid using dusting sprays, instead use your strong tool, vacuum.
Spring Cleaning Tip 2: Polishing and Re-Sealing
Do polishing to your metal doors and window hardware. Use liquid polishes for tarnished surfaces but creams and pastes work better for greatly tarnished surfaces. If grout lines needed re-sealing, it’d be better to have them done. Apply cement-based material between wall, floor, and countertop tiles using a small foam brush.
Spring Cleaning Tip 3: Wiping
After removing dust using your vacuum, deal with the stains or surface grimes mostly on your cooking zone or near your sink. Use a solvent-free degreaser but first, test it if it doesn’t mark the surface. For kitchen blinds, wipe them using a damp cloth with a solution of warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid which, safe for metal or vinyl.
Spring Cleaning Tip 4: Washing
Scrub your kitchen screens using a brush with a solution of warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid then rinse thoroughly. Put off your draperies and curtains to wash them but first check their labels if they are machine or hand-washed.
Spring Cleaning Tip 5: Waxing
Before waxing, wipe first the furniture surfaces using a damp cloth with water and mild dishwashing liquid. Then, you can now apply paste wax. Let the wax dry and buff with a clean cloth. If you have linoleum or vinyl kitchen floors that have lost their shine, you can wax them with a polish designed for them.
Spring Cleaning Tip 6: Organizing, specifically the insides of your Refrigerator
Before anything else, turn off power at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Defrost your refrigerator’s freezer, remove out all of its content and wipe the insides with a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda per a quart of water.
Notice the ice crystals forming on the food or in the packaging you’ve taken out from the freezer? Get rid of ‘em. Why? Because anything with ice crystals formed- freezer burn- will taste worse and the nutrients are already lost. But it’s the exclusion of your uncooked protein like chicken or beef since they can still be consumed for up to nine months so you can still keep them. You then might need bags of berries and peaches (for the future making of smoothies, yogurt, and hot cereals) and peas, spinach, and broccoli to fill the rest of your freezer.
Your fridge needs more variety of foods. Now, you can look for foods that can last for several days inside it. They can be oranges, apples, cabbage, and cauliflower. Remember, it’s being advised not to wash them unless you’ll be consuming them right after. Store mustards, Greek yogurt or olive oil with balsamic vinegar or lemon juice instead of salad dressings, mayo, or sour cream. And, always keep a carton of eggs when you need a quick-cooking protein perfect for any meal or snack. In regards to olive oil, it should directly be stored in the fridge. With it exposed to the heat over a long period of time causes the antioxidants to convert to pro-oxidants, which is damaging to the body when consumed. This is similar to anything that contains healthy fats with the likes of nuts, nut butter, and fish oil in any form.
Let’s take a look at your kitchen cupboard. Found items packed with sugar, sodium, and preservatives? Toss them out. Settle pistachios in it (a piece only contains 3 calories), enabling you to consume less since you’ll be shelling it, slowing down your eating. Find a space in it for oatmeal flavored with cinnamon and fruit. Load it up with whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, and wheat pasta. Also, include low-sodium beans for protein and fiber, and cans of fatty fish like tuna, sardines, and salmon for omega-3.
An effective way to consume food items ideally is to place them basing on their nutrition density. In your pantry or fridge, at eye-level, front and center, put your more healthy foods, and at the back are your favorite treats. But assure each items’ freshness peak so you won’t be just throwing them away. You might be asking why treats are on the back? So you will be taking time at digging it hidden from the other items.
Now that you’ve referred to this guide that The Fair Kitchen has provided for you, you are ever ready to welcome the spring season. Not that your kitchen is prepared, so as your healthy lifestyle as well. Nothing can really beat a perfectly clean kitchen and a refrigerator stocked with nutritious food. Have a great time spring cleaning!