Kitchen Tip Thursdays: How can we help?

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Happy Thursday Rays of Sunshine! We hope you are enjoying your day so far. As many of you know we have featured tips to help you in the kitchen every Thursday. We wanted to check in with you all and see what would you like to know. Is there something that you would like help with? Something you want to learn? What would you like to see on Kitchen Tip Thursdays?

Comment below, send us an email, contact us on twitter and Facebook. We are here to help you make your time in kitchen a fun experience.  Some ideas we have received so far:

* Pantry staples

*De-boning poultry

*Proper way to defrost meat

*Difference between measuring cups and measuring spoons

Don’t be shy, we’re here to help!


10 Vegetables To Grow In Containers

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If you do not have a large garden to plant your vegetables, you can always plant them in containers. The only thing you will need to adhere to is the requirements of the plant. You might also need to get the right kind of seeds if you want to have a successful harvest. In this article, we explore some to the best vegetables that you can easily grow in containers at home.

  1. Tomatoes

This is probably the most popular vegetable you can grow in a container. Tomatoes do not require much attention. They love a well-drained, deep soil and they are easily affected by cold and frost. When they grow, they might need staking so that the fruits do not bend and break the plant stem.

  1. Lettuce

This is a perennial plant that grows very quickly. It is a great salad as well. Lettuce do well in the cold season. Just make sure that there is enough space in the container for them to thrive. Unlike tomatoes, lettuce do not grow deep, they grow wide. The soil has to be moist and well drained for best results.

  1. Radishes

These are also great for salads and grow very quickly as well. Radishes love deep, well drained and moist soils. There are many varieties out there. Almost every part of this vegetable is edible. When planting, make sure that you give enough spacing between each plant.

  1. Peas

Peas love a moderately warmer climate and that is why you should consider planting in early spring. They are fast growing and do well in moist, well-drained soils. The beauty of this vegetable is that it adds nitrogen to the soil. Creating an ideal environment for the next crop. 

  1. Squash

Depending on the type, squash can grow huge and occupy a lot of space. That is why you might need to grow the vegetable in a large container. They love natural light and well drained soils. Although they can survive the winter cold, they do not react well to frost.

  1. Pepper

Both hot and sweet peppers are perfect for growing in containers.  They love the sun and do better in well-drained soils. 

  1. Eggplant

This is another delicious vegetable (it’s actually a fruit) that grow well in containers and comes in all shapes and colors. Eggplants love well, well drained soils. They also do well in the sun and warmer climates.

  1. Carrots

The cold season brings out the flavor of carrots better. They love a good, well drained and deep soil. Make sure that you water occasionally. This is to prevent the roots from drying up and cracking.

  1. Potatoes

Potatoes love deep soils where the roots can thrive. They come in all sizes and types. You might need a bigger, wider and deeper container if you want your potatoes to grow well. Make sure the stems are well covered with soil.

  1. Beets

They can withstand cold and love well-drained soils. The soils should be loose and deep to allow them room to grow freely. They are easy to grow as they do not require much attention after planting.

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Kitchen Tip Thursdays: Organizing Your Kitchen

Organizing your kitchen can seem like a huge ordeal. Some people even think they have to go out and buy additional storage units, baskets, and containers; when you can just use what you already have.

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  • Mount your potholders on your cabinet doors using plastic hooks.
  • Mount your aprons on a hook on a nearby wall, no more digging them out a drawer.
  • Store your dishes by usage. Everyday use, place those on bottom shelves within easy reach. Special occasion dishes put those in the cabinets on top.
  • Group all of your bake-ware together.
  • Store pots and pans as close to the stove as possible makes them easier to reach when cooking.
  • Keep storage bags and wrapping materials together for easy cleanup.
  • Store all of your lids in the same place.
  • Use dividers in drawers as placeholders for utensils.
  • Short on space, stash some items in wicker baskets or decorative mixing bowls on the counter.
  • Organize your pantry via category: seasonings, canned goods, dry mixes, etc.
  • If possible, use an over the door hanger to store small items like snack bars, decorative sugars, cupcake liners, etc.
  • Mount the kitchen phone, reminders, and papers to the wall instead of placing them on the counter.

These are just some tips to help you get organized in the kitchen. We’ll be sure to keep adding to this list.


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