The Indian kitchen has evolved and come a long way. With changing lifestyles and modernization, the emphasis on aesthetics, going eco-friendly and making it sustainable has taken center stage.
Today, this space does more than bind family together over food. The kitchen has taken on a new meaning and has moved beyond a place meant only for cooking. It has become an extension of our personal lives and is used as a place to entertain, host, unwind and even work, given the ongoing pandemic situation.
Here are simple, easy to follow tips to make this small yet important space in your house eco-friendly and sustainable to elevate the experience for friends, family and guests and turn it into an entertainment area as and when the need arises.
De-clutter- Minimalism -this is a trend that is being adopted the world over. Remove excess of pots, pans, plastic bottles and unused/broken crockery and utensils and avoid hoarding things like plastic containers and take-away boxes. Keep it simple in the kitchen with only essential storage and crockery. De-cluttering makes the kitchen more open and gives an airy feel to it.
Invest in smart appliances- With the two waves of COVID-19 and the effects of several lockdowns, people were spending more time in the kitchen and honing their cooking skills. With fast paced lives, having light weight and energy efficient appliances saves on time and electricity and are also effective, easy to maintain and functional. Opt for electric appliances that have low motor noise and are made of materials other than plastic (wherever possible). Having an OTG, waffle maker, Induction Cooktop, egg boiler, blenders, rice cookers, electric choppers smoothens the cooking process and help you maximize time. These appliances come in handy when entertaining people and gives you the option of serving different kinds of food.
Invest in reusable, sustainable crockery & storage options- Indians love to host and entertain. So whether it’s a Sunday brunch or a family get together or having friends for a tea party, buy eco-friendly and reusable crockery and storage for your kitchen. Choose from options such as Opal ware dinner sets that come in beautiful designs. With the right crockery and storage to match your kitchen aesthetics, guests will be impressed. You can now make everyday meals looking extraordinary with beautiful plates and dinner sets. Another good investment is storage jars and containers made with 100& borosilicate glass. High grade Borosilicate glass, unlike plastic, does not leach harmful chemicals on heating, is microwave safe, does not take years to decompose and is a safe material to use and is value for money as it can be repeatedly used. While buying plastic plates and cups, saucers and jars maybe a cheaper option, it is not the healthiest material to use in the kitchen. Switch plastic spoons with steel, wood and bamboo ones.
(The author is Chief Digital Marketing Officer, Borosil)