Creating a Kitchen to Please a Foodie’s Appetite
By Ryan Horvath
A foodie is someone that has a passion for food. It’s the preparation, the cooking, and the feasting of it they enjoy. They love centering entertainment around the food. They search the Internet for new recipes like Indiana Jones searches for the Holy Grail. The short end of it, they love food.
What makes a kitchen a foodie kitchen? The misconception is that you need a gourmet kitchen. Does it help? Sure, but it’s not necessary. Here are my tips for creating your foodie kitchen.
Design a Kitchen with the Foodie in Mind
Go, Go Kitchen Gadgets!
Us foodies love our gadgets. We especially love them when they make preparation and cooking easier. A simple search on Amazon and you’ll find yourself down the rabbit hole of kitchen gadgets. Fear not. I’ve come up with a list of some of the products I’ll be adding to my own kitchen.
- Measuring Faucets – Have you ever come up short when filling up your measuring cup? There are many faucet options that measures out the water for you. No more hunching over the sink with a squinting eye.
- Speaking of Measuring – If you want to step up your game, invest in a digital measuring cup. These measuring cups not only help you measure but can help you weigh as well. Prices range from about $13 to $40.
- Add Spice to Your Life…and Meal – Cooking is a fun event where you can add a little of this and a little of that. But, you sometimes need to be spot on. In comes the auto-measure spice carousel. Punch in the measurement that you need, and the spice carousel will give you the correct amount. Now that’s a spicy meatball!
- Cooking with Water – We’re not talking making pasta here. Foodies have been turning to sous vide cooking for awhile now. What is sous vide cooking? Sous vide is the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag and cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. Sous vide cookers will run you under $100 but are worth it.
S.O.S. – Storage, Organization, Sanity
You bought a kitchen full of gadgets, but where are you going to put them? Save your sanity with storage and organization. Base pantry pull-outs are perfect for storing your cooking sheets. Add some shelves and guardrails to create a pull-out spice rack. An “appliance garage” is a nifty spot to hide your mixers and bowls while keeping them within reach.
Don’t forget your kitchen island. A kitchen island is a “presentation stage” where you can entertain your guests. It also gives you more opportunity for storage, organization, and flexibility. An island allows the ability to have two dishwashers, a large sink, or microwave. When thinking about your island space, consider having pop-up outlets. The pop-up outlets help create a bigger work area.
The Rest of the Bells and Whistles
If you have the space for it, consider having an open-concept kitchen layout. This layout gives you more room to work your kitchen magic. Also consider a space that has a multi-use functionality. For prepping, cooking, or entertaining, a multi-function kitchen gives you flexibility. When upgrading your kitchen, upgrade your lighting and ventilation. There are a ton of options for lighting such as under cabinet and pendant lighting. A strong ventilation system is perfect for those nights where fish is on the menu.
While this is a short list, you can see that you don’t need a professional kitchen to be a foodie. Having a passion about food makes you a foodie. Having the right tools, like a good knife set, only steps your game up. Now, should you decided that you want to renovate your kitchen to suit your foodie habit, we have you covered. Download our Renovation Budget Workbook to get started.
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