Last Updated on July 3, 2020
Ever wondered what you might be doing wrong in your kitchen? If this article caught your attention, then maybe your kitchen items might have been causing some trouble lately, or they’re simply not delivering what you expected.
So, is it your fault for buying a bad product? Or are you simply using your kitchen tools the wrong way? Here we’ll talk about 5 ways you’re shortening the life of your kitchen appliances and what you can do to take full advantage of these items.
When reheating food on your microwave, the shape of the container where your food is can have a big impact on how well your food is reheated. While rectangular shaped containers end up attracting energy and heat to their corners, a round container allows the heat to spread uniformly.
This means the right way to microwave your food is by opting for a round container or plate than a square or rectangular one. If you do an experiment where you have the same food in two different shaped containers and heat that same food for the same time, let’s say 2 minutes.
You’ll notice that there will be differences in the food temperature, it will often seem heated in the corners, but in the middle, it might be cold! So if your food is not reheating properly, maybe the problem is not the microwave itself. And of course, another way on how to make your kitchen appliances last longer is to be aware of what type of foods you shouldn’t microwave, such as whole eggs, frozen meat, or even red pasta sauce that can explode and leave your microwave looking like a crime scene.
Is your mixer not mixing at all? Well, sometimes, the beaters can diverge slightly from their desired place. This means the beaters can be scratching the sides, which consequently slows down the mixing process.
However, there’s a simple way on how to fix your kitchen mixer by yourself every time you notice a misalignment. All you need is two hands and the mixer’s manual for detailed directions. But if you don’t have the manual with you, simply follow these directions:
Firstly, you should find the adjustment screw on the mixer and lift the top part of the mixer or lower the bowl. Afterward, turn the same screw to the right to lower the beater or to the left to raise it. Just remember to disconnect the mixer’s plug from the electrical socket for safety purposes.
Similar to the mixer, a blender can also stall every now and then, which can be pretty annoying on a busy morning before work where you’re just trying to make a quick smoothie to go. After all, whenever a home appliance fails us, we get very annoyed and angry because some items can be pretty expensive, so there’s no excuse for them not to work properly.
However, when it comes to your blender, the problem might have to do with not only what you’re putting inside the blender but how you’re putting it. You might think it’s smarter to place the big, had ingredients first, so they’re closer to the bottom and consequently, the blending mechanism, when in fact, it’s always important that you start with liquids and place small ingredients first.
Why? Well, this way, instead of putting the full pressure on the blender, you’ll be allowing the hard ingredients to be incorporated slowly and gradually. Putting ice cubes or other hard ingredients first will only contribute to the damage of the blender overtime.
Did you know there’s a science to stacking your dishwasher? You and many other people might just throw everything in there, hoping it all fits, but when the washing is over, and you open the machine, you’re faced with poorly-washed dishes and oily pans. The reasoning behind dirty dishes is, in fact, very simple.
In the first place, you’re probably filling up the dishwasher too much. And if this is not the case, then the second reason might be that you’re stacking your dishwasher the wrong way. In case you didn’t know, it’s the middle portion of the dishwasher that gets the strongest water sprays.
This means that those dishes with glued leftover food should be in that area! On the other hand, when it comes to smaller objects like spoons, forks, or oily items, these will benefit from the extra soap residue, which is bigger on the edges of the dishwasher.
5. Oven Broiler
The oven is one of the kitchen items that always end up accumulating a lot of dirt and oiliness. This is why it’s important to clean it often, to avoid unwanted moisture and rust. But, no matter how much money we spend on cleaning products, they never seem to work properly. So, what if there was a natural mixture you could do at home that would help you clean your oven effortlessly while removing any grease and dirt?
We present to you the vinegar and baking soda mixture, one of the best cleaning hacks out there for the kitchen appliances. So, without any further ado, let’s talk about how to clean your oven using this mixture. What you need:
- baking soda
- 1/2 cup -water
- 3 tablespoons
- old spray bottle
How to do it: Empty your oven, mix the baking soda with the water and place the mixture in all the interior surfaces of the oven (use gloves for this), then, you have to let it sit for 12h!
After the 12 hours, use a damp cloth or a spatula to remove the dry paste, spray the oven with some vinegar to help remove the leftover dry paste. Bonus point: vinegar also adds a shiny finish!
Now that you know how to fix your kitchen appliance by yourself and how to use these items to obtain the best results, don’t be so quick to judge your kitchen appliances. Maybe you don’t even need a new dishwasher, a slow cooker, or a new blender machine… most of the times, the problem is so little, you can even fix it yourself!