We keep hearing our ears all day long about the difficulty of organizing during this period of confinement. But let’s see the bright side: by being at home, we finally have time to do everything that we have been putting off for months. Shall we make a list and start with the kitchen?
Defrost the freezer and freezer
Every year, it’s the same ritual: two weeks before going on vacation, you only eat pies, meats and thawed fruit in the sole hope of emptying your freezer (and defrosting it, that’s the best way to go. purpose of the maneuver) before the big departure on vacation.
But there is a catch. A freezer is supposed to be defrosted about every three months, before the frost exceeds 3mm. Beyond that, we risk increasing our electricity consumption by 30 to 40%, which is significant. We’re not going to lie to each other: normally, no one has time to empty their freezer (or freezer) 4 times a year. On the other hand, we have no more excuses when we are confined at home. Let’s take advantage of this period to consume the reserves of frozen food and, once the stock has been emptied, unplug our appliance.
We come to the most thankless part: you have to remove as best you can all the blocks of frost that have formed over the months. There are two solutions for this: either you have a spray bottle filled with hot water or you place a pot of hot water in the freezer so that the steam melts the pieces of ice. Above all, do not pour the water directly on the blocks of ice and do not try to scrape with a knife: these manipulations could damage your freezer, and now is not really the time to bring a convenience store.
Thoroughly clean the fridge and microwave
Obviously, when something sinks to the bottom of our fridge, we hasten to clean it before bacteria and bad odors develop. But when was your last real big cleaning of the fridge, the one with white vinegar and elbow grease? By constantly opening and closing the door, touching all the food with not always very clean hands and storing ingredients whose packaging has been tampered with by all the customers in the supermarket, the fridge can very quickly become a nest for bacteria.
Since we are at home, we take a moment (before stocking up on groceries) to wash the door, the plates and the vegetable drawer with white vinegar and a clean sponge. The next time you put your yogurt away, remove the cardboard packaging to prevent bacteria from growing. Also invest in airtight boxes to store cheeses and leftovers from the day before, so as not to store all this in a plate without a lid.
When was the last time you swiped your microwave? If you hesitated for more than 5 seconds, it is high time to heat a bowl of water, white vinegar and lemon juice for 3 minutes so that the water vapor has time to distribute itself over all the walls of the microwave. When the “Diiiing” has sounded, all you have to do is pass the sponge without even having to rub.
Make preserves, jars and frozen foods
To combat boredom during those long days of confinement, you can prepare your jars and frozen foods for the rest of the year. Ready meals, pickles, compotes, rillettes, pâtés, jams and soups : you can’t resist the urge to cook and make tasty preparations for the next few months.
Sort the cupboards, label the jars, re-organize your kitchen
Before you go shopping for the week, take advantage of your morning to clear your cupboards and list everything you have. Do you have a little lentils and two bricks of tomato coulis left? Plan your menu for the week based on this stock.
Throw away expired foods and packages affected by moths. For the rest, store them in jars that you will take care to label as you go.
Do you have some time in front of you? Reorganize your cupboards: under the sink, cleaning products that are not afraid of humidity. In this drawer, cutlery and other kitchen utensils that you do not use every day. On the first level of the cupboard, put the starches and dry products. On the top shelf, we store cookies, cakes and all the essential ingredients for homemade pastries. In short, we will no longer spend hours looking for chestnut flour or ground almonds on the day when we are in a hurry.
Prepare your own dishwashing liquid, bee’s wraps and dishwasher tablets
Make his biscuits, son granola and his chocolate bars home is already not bad. What if you took advantage of your free time to go further? With our recipes and tips, you will no longer have time to be bored. Finished potentially harmful aluminum foil, we go to reusable bee’s wrap to wrap our sandwiches and leftover food. In the same way, we embark on the production of home cleaning products thanks to our advice.