Spaghetti spoon

Ever wondered why your spaghetti spoon has a big hole in the middle? You probably heard that it’s there to measure a perfect portion of pasta. Well, it’s seems like this might not be the case. The hole is simply there to help the pasta water drain out. If you ever measured out spaghetti and found it to be the perfect amount of pasta, then good for you! But most spoons vary in size, so this is not the most accurate way to measure portions.

Dishwasher

After a long day of working and cooking dinner, you probably don’t put much thought into packing your dishwasher. But there is actually a right (and a wrong) way to arrange your dishes. The dirtiest dishes should be at the bottom of the dishwasher, towards the center. Also make sure not to pack in such a way that you block the detergent dispenser.

Kitchen Sponge

If you’re only using sponges for cleaning purposes, then you’re on the right track. The question is: are your sponges actually clean themselves? Many of us often overlook the fact that the kitchen sponge can become pretty dirty over time. That means you might use it to clean, but you could be spreading germs around the kitchen. Remember to sanitize your sponge at least once a week, by putting it in the microwave for one minute.

Slow cooker (Crockpot)

Slow cookers are great additions to any kitchen. They turn tough cuts of meat into flavorsome stews and they also use less electricity. So what are you doing wrong? If you’re cooking a stew with your slow cooker, don’t lift the lid! To thoroughly cook and tenderize the meat, the heat needs to stay trapped inside. If you lift the lid, this heat will escape, slowing down the cooking process.

Non-stick cookware

You should have at least one large non-stick sauté pan in your kitchen. To make sure it lasts for years, there are a few things you should take note of. To prevent damage to the non-stick surface, avoid using metal utensils and rather opt for wooden spoons. When cleaning, use warm soapy water and a soft sponge, and don’t go near the steel wool!