To prevent illnesses from food-borne microbes and toxins, adults must show children the necessity of handling food safely. Teach children to wash their hands for 20 seconds before touching or preparing food. Clean up spills on the floor and on the counter between stages of food preparation. To prevent cross-contamination, never let raw food and cooked food mix, and do not put cooked food on plates or surfaces where raw food sat. Wash fruits and vegetables before using them, preferably with a vegetable scrubber, and use hot, soapy water to wash all items and surfaces that have been in contact with food. Always cook raw meats to the proper temperature, which is 145 degrees Fahrenheit for pork, lamb, and beef, 165 degrees for chicken and turkey, and 160 degrees for ground meats. Make sure that the temperature in the refrigerator is kept no higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and never leave food out of the refrigerator or freezer for more than two hours.
The largest digital marketplace connecting homeowners with pre-screened home improvement professionals received more than half a million service requests for kitchen improvements in 2015. Interestingly, homeowners focused on fashion over function primarily seeking to hire HomeAdvisor professionals to modernize the appearance of outdated cabinets, countertops and fixtures. If homeowners’ attention on aesthetics in 2015 is any indication for what’s to come in 2016, remodelers should prepare to complete more of the following projects:
Your kitchen island will be less useful than it could be if you do not illuminate it correctly. For almost everything that you would do in this area, adequate lighting is necessary. If your ceilings are of average height, recessed lighting is a good option. It provides enough light without being obtrusive.
Here are some other advantages they have over wood cupboards: No Refacing, Ever: You’ll never have to reface, re-stain, or replace your door fronts, which cuts down on extra maintenance expenses and weekend chores. Paint Problems: No longer will you have to worry about peeling paint. Since the kitchen can get pretty humid, this can be a common problem in wood cabinetry, whereas stainless steel cabinets always stand up to the moisture. Wet Warp: Speaking of humidity, warping is a common problem amongst wooden cabinetry. Metal, of course, has no worries against the warp. Easy Installation: Most metal cabinetry comes pre-assembled, which means that it comes as is and simply needs to be screwed into the wall.
While homeowners focused most on cabinets and countertops, they focused also on updates to sinks, appliances, lighting and flooring (these accounted for 16 percent, 14 percent, 14 percent and 13 percent of projects, respectively). Further reflecting homeowner’s attention to aesthetics, these projects also represented a significant amount of homeowners’ remodeling budgets: Install a new sink: Homeowners paid an average of $592 Refinish appliance: Homeowners paid an average of $286 Install a new light fixture: Homeowners paid an average of $541 Refinish flooring: Homeowners paid an average of $1,538
Ideally, your kitchen island will provide plenty of additional storage. Depending on how you plan to use it, you may find that your storage options vary. For instance, if it will house a sink, oven, or dishwasher, your storage area will be considerably reduced. On the other hand, if it will be used for dining or clean-up, you can likely use all the cabinet space. You can maximize your storage space by adding shallow drawers, lazy Susans, and platforms that attach to doors and swing out for ease of access. There are a variety of such organizational items that can increase the functionality of the space. Your local home improvement store can be a great resource for finding these handy storage options.