Five things to do in the kitchen during the COVID-19 lockdown

With Australians now spending more time indoors, we’re finding that there’s actually plenty to do around the house. There’s a cheeky morning Netflix binge, the washing needs to be done, another Netflix binge, then it’s lunch time, followed by an after-lunch nap, putting the washing out on the line, mixing it up and watching a bit of Disney+, followed by dinner and writing out your to-do list for the next day (because the washing is never truly done) before you reward yourself with some Netflix to round out the day. Honestly, it can get pretty exhausting.

But for those who have run out of things to binge on Netflix, or just want to do a bit more with their time at home, we’ve come up with a list of things that you can do in the kitchen to not only keep you entertained during the COVID-10 outbreak, but potentially help you come out the other side a culinary god (maybe).

Five things to do in the kitchen when you’re stuck at home

While every kitchen is different, and what you do in it is up to you, here are some things that everyone can do while stuck at home:

  • Clean your kitchen
  • Master a new meal
  • Treat yourself to some new appliances and utensils
  • Sharpen your knives
  • Plant your own herb garden

Of course, you can always just eat in the kitchen (we won’t judge), but these might help pass the time, as well as help you eat meals fit for a king. You deserve it.

Clean your kitchen

Cleaning kitchen

We don’t just mean a quick wipe down and putting those dishes soaking in the sink into the dishwasher, we’re talking about cleaning your kitchen. That means getting behind the fridge, cleaning the vents of your rangehood, and the skirting boards on the floor. Seriously. They’ll be dirtier than you think. With the amount of food and activity the kitchen sees, undertaking a deep clean of the kitchen can not only make it look better, but potentially safer as well, with bacteria and dirt finding plenty of places to hide. Emptying out your pantry is also a good idea, as is finally throwing out that can of old beans that’s been there since you moved in (you won’t miss it, trust us).

Master a new meal

Cooking in kitchen while watching laptop

We’ve all used the excuse of ‘I’ll get around to learning a new skill when I have the time’. Well you now have the time, so why not learn to master a new meal to impress your mates the next time you have them over? It’ll happen one day! With no shortage of recipes, videos and even cooking shows available online, you can learn how to master a new meal – even if it’s just an entrée – in no time, provided you have the right utensils, which brings us to our third point.

Buy new appliances and utensils

They say a person is only as good as their tools, so why not treat yourself to some shiny new appliances and utensils around the kitchen? You don’t have to go overboard, but investing in a new microwave oven or new spatula can mean the difference between your time in the kitchen being a struggle or literally being a piece of cake. As with any purchase, it’s best to look into all your options, as some brands and models may have more features that fit the bill for what you need around the kitchen, while others come with fancy stuff that you don’t realistically need. Thankfully, we’ve also got all your appliance needs covered here.

Sharpen your knives

Sharpening knife in kitchen

With your knives likely the most used utensil in the kitchen, it’s about time you showed them a bit of love by giving them a sharpening. A good set of kitchen knives goes a long way, so taking care of them will ensure they take care of you (watch your fingers though). Knife sharpening guides and videos are available online, so you’ll be a pro in no time, with most kitchen knife sets coming with a sharpening tool, giving you an opportunity to ‘sharpen’ your skill set.

Plant your own herb garden

Planting herb garden

We’re going to take a guess and say this one has been on your ‘to-do list’ for, well, forever. Growing your own herbs can be therapeutic, as well as a cheaper and tastier option than store-bought herbs, plus you get bragging rights the next time you’re whipping up a storm. And you don’t have to stop at herbs, you can plant an entire veggie patch if you have the space. All you need is to grab some seeds, fertilizer, pots and stay on top of watering your new plant-babies and you’ll be spicing up dinner in no time.

There’s no shortage of things to do around the house, with the kitchen full of opportunities (as well as food). With guides and recipes out there to suit both the kitchen novice as well as the culinary-inclined, you can try your hand at a variety of meals and cuisines, giving you the chance to become ‘the cob loaf guy’ at parties, which is one of the most recognised titles in Australia. Happy cooking!

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