Month: December 2019

How to Organize Your Kitchen Like a Professional Chef

How to Organize Your Kitchen Like a Professional Chef

High standards in any field can be attainable. Who doesn’t like to have their kitchen look as tidy and attractive, like that of a professional chef? But many think of it as something of a difficult task and doesn’t attempt to raise the standard of their kitchen. Proper organization is the key to success for any big shot restaurant. No matter how much skill or accessories for cooking you have, without organization, you won’t be able to properly run the kitchen. It helps you manage time and takes care of safety issues while cooking. So here are some ways in which you can organize your kitchen like a professional chef.

Sort Out Your Storage System In Kitchen

One must begin organizing their kitchen by sorting out the storage system. Each item– be it utensils, cutting boards– must have their specific place. They must be arranged in accordance with their function. You must be able to walk into the kitchen and have no confusion whatsoever regarding the position of these things. It saves time and makes your kitchen look appealing.

Arrange Your Pantry

After buying pantry items from the shop, most of us consider our job to be done. But arranging pantry items properly in your kitchen is also as important. Here are some steps you should take while arranging pantry items in your kitchen.

  • Throw out items that are past beyond their due date. And also remove things that you haven’t used for a year.
  • Put Spices into plastic containers with name and expiry date. This will help you sort them out easily and will remind you of using spices resourcefully before their expiry date.
  • Move dry goods into tall containers to save space.
  • Install a pegboard on your kitchen wall so that you can hang pans and other culinary utensils, thus saving a lot of space and providing easy access.

Bigger Storage Container For Bulkier Items

Bulkier items in the kitchen should be kept in a bigger container rather than splitting into multiple smaller containers. Just make sure that the container is leakproof and airtight.

Use Squeeze Bottle

All your liquid ingredients in the kitchen like Cooking oil, vinegar, sauce, must be kept in a squeeze bottle. They are easy to use and are safe, and they eliminate the risk of breaking and spilling the content if the bottle slips and falls.

Organize Your Fridge

The Refrigerator is a key component of your kitchen, and it should be organized properly. Things like raw fish, meat must be always kept at the bottom shelf. Thus preventing contamination of other food items. Things that are of immediate use–like ready meals, dairy products, leftover food–must be kept on top and middle shelf.

Keep Frequently Used Utensils Nearby

There are some things that you always use while cooking. Be it a wooden spoon, wire whisk, tongs. Arrange a place nearby the stove– like, say a drawer or a small peg board– to keep these things right within reach of your hands.

Arrange a Proper Waste Disposal System

Waste management is a part often overlooked when it comes to organizing your kitchen. There are several ways to do it. Place a pair of trash cans in a pullout platform. One for biodegradable waste other for non-biodegradable waste. Clear the trashcan weekly without fail. In this way, you can keep your kitchen nice and tidy.

Conclusion

Organizing your kitchen is not a hard job. Ofcourse, you have to put a little time and effort into it, but the good thing is that it will pay off. Not only will your kitchen look extremely professional, but your workload in the kitchen will be balanced significantly.…

The Keto Diet Is Popular, but Is It Good for You?

The Keto Diet Is Popular, but Is It Good for You?

When it comes to choosing our diet plan, we tend to gravitate towards the one which is popular at the time. Keto diet is quite a popular choice among people now. So what is a Keto Diet? It’s a high-fat, low-carb, low-to-moderate protein diet. By dramatically reducing carbs in your diet, the body will enter and sustain a metabolic state called Ketosis, where the body burns a highly efficient alternative fuel called ketones.

Not only does Keto Diet help with weight loss, but it’s also very good for heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, and alzheimer’s disease. To meet the specifications of the diet, you need to cut-out major groups of foods such as grains, legumes and dairy, and even certain nutrient-rich vegetables. Here is a small list of Food items that should not be consumed while following a Keto Diet:

  • Sugary foods: Soda, smoothies, fruit juice, cake, ice cream, candy.
  • Fruit: Basically all fruits– except small doses of berries like strawberries.
  • Root vegetables and tubers: Potatoes, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, etc.

Now, what about the food items that are included in a standard Keto Diet? Here are some examples:

Meat: Red meat, steak, sausage, ham, bacon, and chicken.

Fatty fish: Like salmon, tuna, trout, and mackerel.

Cheese: Unprocessed cheese like cheddar, goat, blue or mozzarella.

Nuts and seeds: Almonds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, etc.

Low-carb vegetables: Most green veggies, onions, tomatoes, peppers, etc.

Keto Diet: When it Can Be Bad For Your Health

Keto diets usually work best in the short term and can be unhealthy if followed for long. According to dietitians, once your body enters ketosis, you begin to lose muscle and become extremely fatigued. Which eventually leads you into starvation mode. From that point, it actually becomes even harder to lose weight. The beginners can experience side effects in the first week of following a keto diet. The primary reason being due to sugar and carbohydrate withdrawal. You can experience side effects such as headache, fatigue, constipation, nausea, sugar cravings, etc. Keto diet is not advisable to people who have conditions involving thyroid, liver, pancreas.

Kidney damage is another side effect. If you include too much meat in your Keto diet, especially processed meats, it increases the risk of kidney stones and gout. High intake of animal proteins increases the acidity of your urine and also calcium and uric acid levels. This unfavorable combination makes you extremely susceptible to kidney stones, while high uric acid can increase the risk for gout.

‘Keto flu’ is also included in the list of side effects caused by the keto diet. The symptoms of Keto flu are fatigue, dizziness, brain fog, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Your body, when it switches from burning glucose to burning fat, is subjected to changes. This transition period makes your body vulnerable to Keto flu, and it expresses it through the symptoms mentioned above.

As mentioned earlier Keto diet is responsible for muscle loss. This is due to the fact that protein alone is less productive for muscle building than the combined effect of protein and carbohydrates.

Conclusion

While Keto Diet is an effective method for short term weight loss, it’s not advisable to continue for a longer period say, above one month. The weight loss you may achieve comes at the expense of many health problems. And it’s not proven that it will be able to provide a sustainable weight loss.…