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If you’re anything like me, the kitchen is your sanctuary. After a long day, I’m always excited to come home and cook up a nice dinner. It’s a space to unwind and create a meal to impress your family or guests.
Of course, for the home chef, many of us spend time dreaming of changes to make our kitchens more efficient for our needs. While some of these upgrades are luxurious, there’s a few simple ones you can make that won’t break the bank. Here are a few ideas to inspire the perfect kitchen to create culinary masterpieces at home.
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1. Smart Kitchen Appliances
Integrating new technology into your kitchen is a must for any homeowner that enjoys spending time there. Some of the most common kitchen appliances in a dream kitchen are smart refrigerators and ovens. These products can sync up to your smart phone allowing you to control many aspects of the temperature in a few clicks. Some refrigerators even have a screen to order from the grocery store when you run out.
While the above smart technology amenities can be costlier, there are many smaller appliances that make for a great upgrade and won’t break the bank. The Smart Crock Pot can easily connect to your phone allowing you to change the cook time and temperature while you are out. Get food to the right temperature every time, regardless of schedule, with the Avaya Precision Cooker. This helps guarantee food is cooked just the way you’d like it.
2. Magnetic Spice Rack
If you want to change the flavor of a dish or you’re trying to find that one taste that’s missing, it’s important to have your spices organized and nearby. Often, a shelf or drawer can become crowded and disorganized quickly. This issue is easily solved with a magnetic spice rack that hangs close to your area so the spice you need is always within reach and easily identifiable. Put spices in metal containers and stick them in the order you wish!
3. Organizational Trays
When it comes to a pro kitchen, many of us think of large and expensive appliances. But anyone who has cooked before knows that part of the process is knowing where what you need really is. Organizational trays are a small, yet very important amenity, any kitchen needs. Try a few to keep measuring cups and spoons, I always find myself searching in drawers for them. Keep another nearby with frequently used cooking utensils. Show anyone else in the house your organizational system so they can follow along as well and keep cooking a fun experience for all!
4. In-Counter Storage
When you see this, you might think you really are dreaming. Customize your countertops with storage. Keep bread, garlic or other items nearby while you cook, but still out of sight with in-counter storage. If you find yourself needing knives handy, there are also options that allow for safe knife storage within the countertop. If you’re planning any countertop customization work, it’s best to contact a pro who can help.
5. Butcher Block Countertop
The countertop of every home chef’s dreams is the butcher block countertop! The perfect material to do all your cutting and chopping, while still giving the kitchen a stylish look. Place on an island for a smaller workspace or fit the entire kitchen with this countertop type. The average cost to install butcher block countertops is between $39.87 and $56.30 per square foot.
6. Tall Faucet Sprayer & Farmhouse Sink
Rarely does a home chef have the luxury of someone else doing the clean-up. That’s why proper equipment to clean is important. However, you can make cleaning feel like less of a chore with a tall faucet sprayer and farmhouse sink. These items work together to get the largest of dishes clean and give your kitchen a classy look.
7. Cabinet Mount Tablet Stand
Reading recipes is crucial when cooking and technology today have allowed us to move from bulky cookbooks to our mobile device. Maybe you’re like me and have hundreds of recipes saved to a Pinterest page that you can’t wait to try. However, I always found it difficult to keep my device in a place where I could safely read my recipe without worry of spills or food getting on my tablet. A cabinet mounted tablet stand has changed that completely. Now I can easily reference a measurement without moving my device. These stands are easy to install yourself and very affordable, starting at about $30. It’s the little upgrade you didn’t know you needed!
8. Indoor Herb Garden
Can you imagine cooking with fresh herbs all year long? It’s possible! You can create an indoor herb garden in your kitchen as simple or exquisite as you’d like. If you enjoy a good DIY project, hang some pots on a wall where there’s plenty of natural light and watch the fresh herbs grow. Or, for those who like the latest tech, AeroGardens have made it possible to grow herbs and small plants almost anywhere in the home. These, however, are significantly more expensive than a DIY kitchen herb garden, but they can better control the light, moisture and the quality of herbs you will get.
9. Proper Kitchen Lighting
One of the less obvious items needed in a home chef’s kitchen is the right kind of kitchen lighting. While overhead lights are fine, it’s a good idea to have lighting wherever cooking, cutting and mixing will be taking place. Undercabinet lighting adds the right amount of light to your workspace as well as highlighting the backsplash in your kitchen. Depending on the type of undercabinet lighting you choose, it can cost between $233 and $315.
10. Outdoor Kitchen
The ultimate dream kitchen is complete when it has an outdoor extension. An outdoor kitchen can change the cooking experience for the better. While it is an investment, you now have the luxury of cooking and hosting outside in the comfort of your backyard. These kitchens can be as elaborate or simple as one chooses, but they should always be an extension of what you use indoors.
If you love being in the kitchen, consider what you can do to improve your cooking experience even further. You’ll be surprised at how some of the smallest changes can help you create better meals for you and your family.
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