Kitchen Essentials That Need Replacing More Often Than You’d Think If you're like most people, you buy kitchen supplies when you need them and don't give much thought to replacing
Kitchen Essentials That Need Replacing More Often Than You'd Think
Dated: October 22 2021
Kitchen Essentials That Need Replacing More Often Than You’d Think
If you're like most people, you buy kitchen supplies when you need them and don't give much thought to replacing them until they actually break. But, you may not realize that the food in your fridge isn't the only thing with an expiration date.
Many kitchen tools have a limited lifespan. Understanding which essentials may be nearing the end of their useful life could help prevent you from ending up with an unexpected crisis in the kitchen. Here's a look at some everyday items you may need to replace soon.
Pots and Pans
If you re-season them regularly, your cast-iron pans will last for generations. However, you'll need to replace your nonstick pans about once every five years. If the surface has pits or starts to peel, it's definitely time to replace them. When this happens, the nonstick coating could work its way into your food, which isn't safe.
To help your nonstick pans last as long as possible, avoid using metal utensils on them since this can cause scratches. You'll also want to skip the cooking sprays as they can build up on the pan's surface.
Sharpening your knives can help keep them useful for longer, but the knives you use daily should be replaced every couple of years. Once the surface wears down, your knife will no longer be effective and will become dangerous.
You can extend the lifespan of your knives by storing them on a magnetic wall strip or in a knife block. If you use a knife block, try storing them upside down, so the constant pressure doesn't dull the blades. Also, avoid putting knives in the dishwasher as this will help preserve their sharp edges.
A high-quality cutting board can last for four to five years. But, if the surface is nicked or gouged, it's more difficult to clean and can become a breeding ground for bacteria. In this case, you'll want to replace them right away.
You can keep wooden cutting boards in the best possible shape by rubbing them down with a food-safe oil once a month. This will help prevent cracking and warping. Also, keep them out of the dishwasher, as this will cause them to warp and can make small cracks much bigger.
Sponges and Dish Towels
Dish sponges often hold a ton of bacteria. While replacing them every day may be ideal, for most people, this isn't really practical. However, you should plan to replace them once or twice a week at a minimum.
You'll also want to use a clean dish towel each day. When they start to look worn out, it's time to replace them. Consider buying 10 to 15 new towels next time they're on sale so you always have plenty on hand.
Plastic Storage Containers
If you can manage to keep the container and lid together for that long, most plastic sturdy plastic containers will last a year or two. While stains won't affect them, if your containers get cloudy, bent out of shape, or pitted, it's definitely time to replace them. These grooves can hold bacteria, which could contaminate your food.
To extend the lifespan of your plastic containers, avoid putting them in the microwave or the dishwasher, as high heat can cause damage.
Now is a great time to take a look through your kitchen and see which of your essentials have seen better days. As holiday sales come around, consider replacing any that are getting close to the end of their lifespan.
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