Kitchen Storage

Zone 4 - Preparation


The preparation zone is where all the action happens in the kitchen, so this is where practicality really begins to take over. What you may want to consider; having everything to hand along with good, clear work surface, easy to clean splashback, maybe having no wall units in this area, as they can be splashed and restrict space when using a hand blender or steamer. Take your time to think of the type of cooking you do and talk to your designer about the way you work in your kitchen and what is important. Think about space, surfaces, heights and space for children to help with baking for example.

Once you have considered this take time to think about the items you will need to have to hand, how easy they are to access if they are small fiddly items, and likewise, how easy they are to lift if they are big, bulky or heavy.

Items to consider in this area are;Knife block.jpg

  • Kitchen utensils such as a beater, wooden spoons and rolling pins
  • Small kitchen tools such as a garlic crusher or tin opener
  • Sharp knives
  • Chopping boards of all sizes and uses
  • Mixing bowls
  • Oils, vinegars and dressings
  • Spices and herbs
  • Open ingredients such as baking items and dried foods
  • Food wrap, tin foil and baking sheets
  • Paper towels
  • Scales and other small appliances such as a hand blender
  • Large appliances such as food processors and the associated accessories


Now that you have decided what items need to be stored within your preparation zone you can once again start to organise them into their own units that workout to be most practical to you and your family.

Unit 1 – Wide drawersUtensil drawer.jpg

Made up of 2 large drawers and one small internal drawer – to store:

  • Kitchen Utensils such as a beater, wooden spoons and rolling pins
  • Small kitchen tools such as a garlic crusher or tin opener
  • Sharp knives – keeping these in an internal drawer separate from your everyday cutlery keeps them off the worktop and out of sight from small children
  • Chopping boards of all sizes and uses
  • Mixing bowls

Unit 2 – Wide drawersPrep Drawer.jpg

Made up of 2 large drawers – to store:

  • Oils, vinegars and dressings
  • Spices and herbs
  • Open ingredients such as baking items and dried foods
  • Food wrap, tin foil and baking sheets
  • Paper towels
  • Scales and other small appliances such as a hand blender
  • Large appliances such as food processors and the associated accessories

Location

This zone is best located between the Cleaning zones and the Cooking zones. This ensures that you are close to the sink, hob and oven, whist being part of the natural progression through your kitchen. It also helps to contain any mess to a set part of your kitchen. The order I would put these units on would vary dependant on lifestyle but generally would lean towards having unit 1 nearer the cooking zone.