Traditional kitchens are often the heart of a home; they are where the family gathers for meals, where the kids do their homework around the table, and where friends chat over coffee. Because so much time is consumed there, it is especially important to choose and to use kitchen furniture and energy saving appliances wisely. Fortunately, renewable resources such as wood for cabinets and chairs are right at home in traditional kitchens. Here are some of the factors to consider in having the best traditional kitchen design.
Good kitchen lighting is very important. Traditionally, extra lighting is used over sinks and work areas so that you can see exactly what you are cooking. It is a good idea to have lighting added under the wall cabinets to reduce shadows on the countertops. Sometimes a reading lamp is added to reading recipes. A natural lighting source from a window is an important feature that makes a small kitchen feel more spacious.
Pantry storage is an essential element in traditional kitchens. Storage of dry foods at room temperatures is best in cupboards or shallow closets where it is easy to find what you are looking for. Special racks and drawers may be added to save space and double up. Some foods require particular levels of humidity or temperature. A good refrigerator with crisper drawer and a separate freezer compartment can meet these needs.
Proper Care for Utensils
Running an environmentally sound kitchen means taking proper care of equipment and utensils. Knife blocks fit right in with the traditional decor and are the safest way to store culinary knives. Most pots and pans should be kept in cabinets which protect them from dust but yet allow enough circulation of air that they do not rust. Utensils that are both stylishly designed can be kept in countertop receptacles or hung from hooks.
Properly maintained food preparation surfaces keep traditional kitchens from turning into ecological disaster zones. Sinks need to be deep enough and have faucets with sufficient pressure to thoroughly wash and rinse large items. Vegetables should not be chopped on surfaces used for preparing meats, and cutting boards need to be sanitized after each use. Food wastes that are to be composted need to be kept separate so that they do not infect other food.
Countertops are some of the most noticeable and most frequently used parts of traditional kitchens. To make a kitchen environmentally friendly, the countertops must be durable and easy to clean. A nonporous surface will decrease the places where bacteria can grow and help keep the kitchen environment ecologically sound. Surfaces made from tile, concrete, stone, and plastic laminates or resins are especially good for this.
At the heart of it all, a kitchen is all about the cooking. Traditional kitchens may offer a choice of gas or electric ovens and cooktops. Sometimes these will be one-piece units with the cooking surface on top of the oven, and sometimes they will be separate with a cooktop installed on a countertop or an island and the oven installed into the wall.
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