Now that the weather is cooling down and the shorts, swim suits and sundresses are all being pushed to the back of the closet, it’s the perfect time to get your kitchen ready for fall. Unlike spring and summer, which are all about chilled salads and fruity desserts, fall is the season for hearty chili, hot cocoa, bubbling casseroles and other stick-to-your ribs meals guaranteed to warm you up fast.
The following tips and tricks are helpful ways to get your kitchen organized in the most sensible and efficient way for fall cooking; you’ll be glad you used them each time you go to make dinner on a chilly evening!
Keep your fall cookware handy
Every time you open your kitchen cabinets, you don’t want to have to unload everything in order to grab the one dish you need. Push your margarita glasses and blender to the back of your drawers and pull casserole dishes, slow cookers and fondue pots toward the front; they’re better for cold-weather dips and casseroles.
Be hot-water ready
Nothing warms you up on a brisk fall day like a steaming mug of hot cocoa or hot tea. Keep a hot water heater on your counter or a tea kettle on your stovetop to quickly make a warm drink whenever you’re feeling a little cold.
Warm up instantly
Speaking of warm drinks, it’s a good idea to keep a cabinet or shelf in your kitchen stocked with hot cocoa, tea bags and coffee. Keep these items within reach so it’s not a pain to access them when you’re craving them.
Clear out the freezer
If you keep ice cube trays in the freezer, you’re probably familiar with how much space they take up. Limit your freezer to just one ice cube tray during the winter since you probably won’t be drinking chilled drinks as often, and eat up your ice cream and popsicles to make room for food storage containers full of lasagna, soup and chili leftovers.
Stock up on fall flavors
During the summer, your kitchen may have been filled with tomatoes, lemons and zucchini so you’d be all ready to cook seasonal dishes. During the fall, make sure your kitchen is stocked with cans of pumpkin, frozen butternut squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, and beans so you’ll be able to make fall goodies like pumpkin cookies and chili at a moment’s notice.
When your kitchen is organized, you’ll be able to whip up dozens of fall dishes without a second thought. If you have other easy kitchen organization ideas, share them below!
Author Bio: This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Hefty. Visit Hefty online for plastic storage bags and other items that will help get your home and kitchen organized.