Angela Ploetz

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How to Get Men to Cook Dinner

by Angela On October 15, 2009

spice-rackIt’s the age old question…”what happened first the chicken or the egg?”  I ran across this funny statistic and thought in the spirit of “Kitchen and Bath Month” that I would share it with you.

“Men were three times as likely to cook dinner if they owned a spice rack than if they did not own a spice rack.”  Statistic by/from IKEA provided by National Association of Professional Organizers.

So what came first the man who likes to cook therefore he owns a spice rack or the man who could care less about cooking therefore he does not have a spice rack?  Hmmmm…the classic conundrum.

Whatever the case may be, if you cook and you don’t own a spice rack OR have a special area dedicated for your spices – you should.  Being able to locate spices quickly can cut your cooking time and keep you from burning your scrumptious creation.  I advise my clients to separate baking spices (sweet spices) from the cooking spices (savory spices).  It depends on how you cook, but if you bake it’s nice to have all your baking supplies in one place, such as your flour, sugars, cinnamon, baking soda, etc.  When you’re cooking it’s great to have things like your salt and pepper, garlic powder, cooking oils, etc. in one place.  The problem is that most people don’t have enough room near their stove top or their oven to keep all their spice in arms reach.  Keep which ever spices you use the most often the closest and then keep the remaining spices in a pantry or another nearby cupboard. 

Remember, spices stay fresh longest when stored in a cool and dry location.  You can also refer to my previous post How Old Are Those Spices?  

Here’s to happy and simple cooking!  I wonder if this statistic relates to cleaning the counters after the men have cooked???  Let me know if you find out!!!

Copyright (C) 2009 Angela Ploetz, POSH Space

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