Chefs Safety

How to Make the Best Use of Your Kitchen Space

Most people primarily see the kitchen as a place for preparing home meals alone. As such, they see little to no reason to pay special attention to the kitchen. Some architects and home designers only carve out a small portion of the home to serve as the kitchen.

The kitchen, however, is an integral part of the home. A place you wind up at the end of a stressful day to cook yourself a hearty meal. Nothing feels as exhausting as a cluttered kitchen, especially those with a small space.

Irrespective of the architectural design of your kitchen, it’s possible to arrange it in a way that allows you sufficient space to make yourself those spicy meals. Here are some ideas:

1.  Your Sink Takes Up Space

In a standard kitchen, you can use a double sink that makes doing your dishes easier. But when you’re managing space, a double sink becomes too much of a luxury.

Using a single sink would save you extra space, and serve the same purpose a double sink would do for you.

2.  Build a Ceiling-High Cabinet

Installing a shorter cabinet would make it easy for everyone to reach the top of the shelve. But when space is more important, you can sacrifice some comfort.

There’s no need to reduce your cabinet by one foot when you can go all the way up to the ceiling. You can use a stool to make up for the height. A roof reaching cabinet will provide more extensive area space.

3.  Use Baskets on Top of Your Shelve

If you can’t have a kitchen cabinet reaching the ceiling, consider using baskets to stack up some things on top of the shelve. The baskets would serve as extra storage space.

Put away all the kitchen clutter in your basket. Water bottles, plastic cups, small kitchen appliances, can all find their way into the basket and free up space for you.

4.  Keep Your Kitchen Arranged

An organized kitchen makes cooking an enjoyable experience. An unorganized cooking area makes a few items take up all so much space.

Have a specific spot for everything in the kitchen. Set out a particular portion of your cabinet for your cutleries, the plates, the children’s cups, and anything else in there. An organized kitchen frees up space for you.

5.  Prioritize Keeping the Kitchen Cool

Cooking raises the temperature of the space, even in a large kitchen. A small sized kitchen is worse as the whole place quickly gets all hot.

Use evaporative cooling systems, for instance, to ensure you maintain the kitchen at a conducive temperature while making yourself that your favorite meal.

Carefully consider all your cooling choices when planning a purchase, and go for one that’ll give you some kitchen space, and still serve its purpose. A ceiling-mounted system, for instance, would be a wiser alternative.

6.  Use Wall Mounted Storage

The wall can serve for extra storage space, and provide additional room on the ground. Artworks on the wall would make your kitchen elegant, but when you need that extra space, you must make some adjustments.

Install wall hangers to hold up as much as you want on them. Hang your pots, towels, knives, and other kitchen equipment you put up on the wall.

7.  Does the Kitchen Require a Door?

Are you wondering what a door has to do with your kitchen space? It takes up the area used for opening and closing.

The kitchen door is more about style than protection. It’s easy to take the gate out and provide additional storage space in there. You might find that space you need for your fridge when the door makes way.

8.  Use Sticking Pegs

Behind each cupboard door, install sticking pegs to provide extra storage space. While the cupboard holds its usual contents, the pins give room for even extra stuff.

Split up some of your cooking spices, and store them in smaller packets, these packets can find their way hanging on those pegs behind the cupboard doors. It’ll be easier for you to pick each pack when you need to use them, and provide you with extra kitchen space.

Conclusion

Create all the space that’ll make your kitchen the source of refreshment for you. Invest in equipment and hardware that’ll make even the smallest of kitchen space spacious enough for even more than a single cook at a time.

Chef’s Corner: Security and Safety Habits of Successful Chefs

Staying on top of our careers as chefs can be challenging. We get so entwined with the experience that we forget what the clock says. We’re so busy thinking out a million and one ways to captivate the taste buds of many.

Well, it’s part of why we signed up for “chef-hood.” But no one, no matter the career, should be too busy for security and safety. Most times, we receive super-hero treatment for our craftsmanship. I guess that’s deserving considering how delicate our profession is. It’s not an easy feat transforming human moods with our mastery in meals. But there’s more than just cookery and food.

The 21st Century Chef, More than Just a Chef

We’re in a century where technology is changing every professional behavior. Successful professionals are leveraging technology to get ahead. Our industry isn’t exempt from this change. As chefs, we can enjoy the benefits of networking, professional exposure, financial transactions, and career growth via the internet. But the internet can be a wild place. Hence, it’s useful to rethink how to be safe and secure with our possessions while practicing our craft.

In this age, there are severe consequences for loose safety and security practices. We can’t leave trails of our credit card passwords, including professional and personal social media accounts.

The thing is, you’d always need to transact online or enter your pins on several websites. You’ll want to engage your audience on social media with your cooking craft. So, think of what it’ll feel like when, one day,  you open you try logging on to your Facebook or Twitter accounts and boom! You discover you’re unable to log on.

Every day, innocent internet users fall prey to identity theft criminals and credit card fraudsters. So I thought about this scenario and imagined how chefs could play safe.

Today, the internet is becoming a propeller of professional success—our profiles on LinkedIn, and other social accounts matter. That’s why we need to be secure ourselves from identity theft.  No one is immune to these security attacks. Chefs shouldn’t get just their craft right; they need to adapt to high-level safety and security cultures.

I’m so fascinated by the prospect of discussing this topic with you.

So, for now, pause on discovering cooking hacks as I share tips that can help you recover any compromised financial account,  passwords, or hacked social media profiles. Hopefully, after reading this article, you’d be able to improve your security on any of your assets that require an internet connection.

Staying Safe the Chef-style in an Internet Age

As a chef, the safety of your identity marks the essence of your professional career. Everyone trusts you with their stomachs. A loose security culture can damage your professional and financial integrity. A stranger can pretend to be you online and extort your clients. Identity theft can harm your finance and social identity. Most times, identity thieves part ways with hard-earned money because of the trails we’ve left online.

You can be 100% cautious of the information you share online and anywhere. Understand why a website is requesting your credit card details, home address, or social media passwords. A small document left on your table can reveal much. Carry as much cash as you’d need as this would minimize stops at the ATM.

We can avoid anything that might jeopardize our security and identity safety. You can maximize identity protection tools to stay safe in this internet age.

You can install them on your Android and iPhones. An example is Identity Guard, which shuts down phishing websites that try to steal your data. Its anti-phishing tools block out suspicious attempts on your browsers. What other reasons do you need to have an identity protection software installed?

Your browser is your window to the online professional world. It connects you to your official chef social media pages, your LinkedIn profile, your document drive storage. Your credit card passwords are probably auto-saved on them.

Many identity security services like ID Shield do more than just identity protection. They cover issues on credit score tracking, hijacked account recovery, dark web surveillance, private investigation, financial account monitoring, and other security services.

It’s hard trying to recover from a fraud incident or identity theft situation. So think prevention. What you should look out for are tools that can protect your cash and other personal information.

 ID Shield offers prevention first. So rather than become a victim, it sends you alerts when someone is trying to access your personal information. 

You might be at a gig or job. An IDShield staff would contact you to confirm the breach, just in case an identity theft may have occurred.  A recovery unit will work on your case, and you’d get a licensed private investigator. Your investigator would collaborate with government and financial institutions to ensure they reprimand the thief. Finally, you’d recover your stolen identity with the stolen assets. Other identity security solutions include Identity Force and Zander.

Security While Away

Safety and security don’t have to be limited to your phone. You can extend the services to the rest of your family. The likes of LifeLock hold a database of sex offenders. This service also offers family plans and insurance coverage on the loss of items.

If you’re a parent, LifeLock is highly recommended for its extensive fraud and identity recovery services. You can also explore family protection features. So while you’re away at work, you can be sure everything is under control. There are limitations to the kind of content your kids can access over the internet. You’d receive alerts on any attempt to breach your finance or privacy online. If you run your own business as a chef, then there’s more to benefit.

The features are equally useful for running background checks on your staff or potential hire.

Conclusion

To retain our super chef status, we must never leave technology behind. It’s great to master the craft. But we can protect the legacy of our work by making security and safety a priority.