How To: Cook in a small kitchen.

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Home cooked meals can often be a challenge, especially if you have a small kitchen. But who says that should stop you from creating delicious meals? I myself have a tiny apartment kitchen and what I've learned is that making the most out of your kitchen is easy as long as you keep the following tips in mind.

Here are few ways to make the best out of your small kitchen:

1) Stay Organized. Having a small kitchen means you also have limited cabinet and pantry space. Use food storage containers with labels to store grains, rice, flour, and other pantry staples.  Keeping organized prevents clutter and makes working around your kitchen much easier and faster.

2) Set up one seamless flow of cooking. t's important to place key items in certain areas  to prevent you from having to move to and fro around your tiny kitchen.  For example, I like to keep my spices and cooking oils right next to the stove area so that I can quickly grab spices and oils to season and coat while I'm cooking. Creating one seamless flow of cooking is achievable if you store and group kitchen items close to the areas you'd likely be using them.

3) Resist useless kitchen tools. Trust me I know the feeling of going to a cooking store and wanting to buy all the nifty tools they have available, but in a small kitchen it's important to stick to the basics. Buying specific kitchen tools like an avocado slicer or a an asparagus peeler can be fun, but you have to resist, merely for the sake of storage space. 

4) Keep a clean kitchen. Dirt and grime is easier to find in a small kitchen and a dirty kitchen is not a fun work space. If you can, try to wipe down your stove top and counter tops after every kitchen use or every meal.  For a cleaning solution you can use a spray bottle with equal parts, vinegar, baking soda, and water, which does the trick to keep a spotless kitchen.  Yes it's tough to clean often, but a clean small kitchen is better than a dirty small kitchen and most importantly cleanliness is key in food safety.

No matter how small your kitchen is, with these tips you're well on your way to making stellar meals in spaces you never thought possible.