Frying pans, sauté pans, double boilers, spaghetti pots -- the list of pots and pans for your kitchen can grow quite large. One issue many cooks face is trying to figure out where to store all the cookware. Whether you have a small kitchen with very little storage space or a larger size kitchen, organisation is the key to making the best use of whatever space is available.
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Cookware can take up a lot of space, so a dedicated cupboard or two will help keep pots and pans out of the way. If the cupboard is tall enough, store pans on their sides to maximise the space. Keep the pots and pans you use most frequently in the front of the cupboard. Stacking and nesting will free up additional storage.
A hanging pot rack creates extra storage space above your head and out of the way. Select a pot rack that is sturdy, and mount it to the ceiling in a place so that the pots and pans do not interfere with moving around the kitchen. If you cannot put a rack overhead, you can put a wire rack on the wall and use hooks to hang the pots and pans from the rack, flush against the wall. Several different styles of pot racks are available: Italian style, simple yet highly functional, French style with thick rectangular metal strips and certain European styles with scrolls, loops, flowers and vine decorations. While many pot racks are made of metal, wood is also a favourite material of choice.
When cupboard space is at a premium, you may need to put pots and pans in a place not normally intended for storage. The oven is a natural spot, especially for bakeware, such as baking trays and cake pans. Many ovens include a drawer underneath for extra storage, so utilise this option too. In a pinch to clear off the counter, you can use the dishwasher for additional space.
Kitchen Island or Rolling Cart
Building or buying a mobile storage cart or an island can create much usable space to put pots and pans. If you have a larger kitchen, rolling the cart out of the way or around with you while you are working is an added bonus. Carts come in many different sizes and price ranges to fit your needs. If you are handy, you can always build one yourself and add extras to it, like racks for lids.
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