Storage shouldn’t be an after-thought in any kitchen. Especially in Indian kitchens, which have their own specific needs, based on Indian grocery-shopping, and cooking habits. Here are 6 clever storage ideas extremely relevant for Indian kitchens and their complexities!
1.Have Your Spice-Jars Within Reach
Keep your spice jars handy and accessible right next to the stove in a convenient drawer or a nice-looking open shelf on the wall next to it.
2. Get Shelves Based On Your Vessels
We all have traditional vessels that we end up storing in very inconvenient places like lofts or in under-the-bed storage spaces around the house. Why not make space for them in your kitchen itself? Reserve heavy-duty and spacious drawers and shelves for these in corners of your kitchen that you won’t be accessing often.
3. No Appliances On the Countertop
Most Indian kitchens need a mixer-grinder, a sandwich maker, a microwave, and a grinder for Idli-dosa batter. All these don’t need to be on the counter all the time, or hidden away right at the back that it becomes a chore to bring them out, every time you need them. Plan your kitchen well. Tuck all these away in neat pull-out shelves just below your counter and place convenient electric sockets close to them over the countertop.
4. Plan Storage Based On Your Grocery Shopping Habits
Indian families aren’t just large, but love to buy groceries in bulk to get better prices. It’s important then, to have a relatively large space to keep them all safe, organized and easily accessible. Which is where a pantry comes in. No, it isn’t just a western concept, but a dedicated space in or near the kitchen that is used to store provisions. Instead of having a pantry as an afterthought, why not plan and make space for one in your new kitchen?
5. Use Partitions In Drawers
Use partitions not just in your cutlery drawers but also in the deeper pull-out drawers. Having movable partitions in the drawers that you store your vessels in, can help you keep your drawers organized and tidy.
6. Reserve Space For Onions, Garlic and Potatoes
All Indian kitchens use onions, garlic and potatoes. Instead of storing them in a corner in an ugly store-bought stand, why not designate a couple of drawers for them using wicker, or with vents in the wood so that they can breathe and stay fresh?