Kitchen Storage

Zone 5 - Cooking

Pan drawer.jpgThe cooking zone is the last zone that we are looking at and is of course what the whole kitchen is about and what the whole process has been building up to. It is the most challenging zones in a kitchen and the most expensive, no wonder it can cause so many concerns. By this point you should be feeling pretty confident with the rest of the layout and how the rest of the room will be used, along with the clear knowledge and understanding of exactly what you and your family need the cooking area to do. We know this sounds crazy but with the advancements made in the appliance industry your really could change the way you cook and the time you spend doing so. 

Putting aside the specification and mine field that is the cooking appliances think about the items you may need and how to store them. In my experience this is often a very cluttered and disorganised area and could have vast improvements made given the right thought and attention. Also with the potential space freed up from utilising the other zones more efficiently, you could be giving yourself more space to play with here.

Items to consider in this area are;

  • Cooking Utensils such as wooden spoons, spatulas, ladles
  • Cooking pans and their lids
  • Wok
  • Specialised oven pans such as clay pans
  • Casserole dishes
  • Baking tins and trays
  • Oven gloves
  • Baking utensils such as cutters, cake cases etc
  • Cook books and stand
  • Hob or hobs
  • Extractor
  • Ovens including microwave, steamer and slow cookers


Oven trays.jpgThinking about how to store these items will come with massive variances from kitchen to kitchen depending on the style of your cooking. You will need to start to look at the appliances you want and the changes you may decide to make.

For example, you may want two oven/grills but still want your microwave. In this case why not consider a single oven and oven microwave? On the other hand do you only use your microwave for re-heating? If so, would it be worth while considering a steam oven that can not only re-heat meals, but can steam vegetables, rice, fish and meats, prove dough, heat plates, sterilise baby bottles and still be a conventional oven while saving space. Or you may prefer something more classic such as a conventional fan oven and a 4 ring hob.

If this is a bit confusing, don't worry - we have hands on experience with all of these appliances and can advise as to which items will work for your lifestyle.

Once you have this figured out you can think about the storage for the rest of your items. Don't forget you will need enough clear space to serve your food. This ideally brings you back to being close to your crockery which is stored in Zone 1 – Non consumables.

The Units

Putting aside the specification and mine field that is the cooking appliances think about the items you may need and how to store them. In my experience this is often a very cluttered and disorganised area and could have vast improvements made given the right thought and attention. Also with the potential space freed up from utilising the other zones more efficiently, you could be giving yourself more space to play with here.

 

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Items to consider in this area are;

  • Cooking Utensils such as wooden spoons, spatulas, ladles
  • Cooking pans and their lids
  • Wok
  • Specialised oven pans such as clay pansGaggenau dominos and downdraft.jpg
  • Casserole dishes
  • Baking tins and trays
  • Oven gloves
  • Baking utensils such as cutters, cake cases etc
  • Cook books and stand
  • Hob or hobs
  • Extractor
  • Ovens including microwave, steamer and slow cookers

 

Thinking about how to store these items will come with massive variances from kitchen to kitchen depending on the style of your cooking. You will need to start to look at the appliances you want and the changes you may decide to make.

For example, you may want two oven/grills but still want your microwave. In this case why not consider a single oven and oven microwave? On the other hand do you only use your microwave for re-heating? If so, would it be worth while considering a steam oven that can not only re-heat meals, but can steam vegetables, rice, fish and meats, prove dough, heat plates, sterilise baby bottles and still be a conventional oven while saving space. Or you may prefer something more classic such as a conventional fan oven and a 4 ring hob.

 

If this is a bit confusing, don't worry - we have hands on experience with all of these appliances and can advise as to which items will work for your lifestyle.

Once you have this figured out you can think about the storage for the rest of your items. Don't forget you will need enough clear space to serve your food. This ideally brings you back to being close to your crockery which is stored in Zone 1 – Non consumables.