Kitchen Facts You Need To Know: History, Transitions, and Tricks

The kitchen has evolved as much as human. This is undisputable considering the fact that we have been eating from the beginning of ages. The stone age man hunted and must have found a way to cook his kills likewise is the modern-day hunter who now uses a gun.

As much as the kitchen has evolved, one thing still remains the same, we all still cherish the time around the kitchen. The ancient times’ kitchens, notably prior to the 16th century were not a place to host guests because of the smoke and soot emanating from the burnt firewood. Today, the kitchen is no different from our second room.

Some of us even prefer hosting guests in the kitchen instead of the sitting room. What has changed? Innovation and technology! How far have we come? To really appreciate these changes, let’s explore the transitions so far after which we will be sharing some kitchen facts and tricks.

Kitchen History and Transitions

During ancient times, notably in Greece, the kitchen is carefully located close to the bathroom so that it can be heated from the heat generated from cooking. This act was also documented to be only affordable by the rich. While people that couldn’t afford such luxury have their kitchen in the open.

Source: Wikipedia

The middle ages brought a slight change to the kitchen design. Humans designed metal cauldrons that were used to hang foods above the fire to cook. This yet was mostly set up in an open space and the smoke and soot emanating from the firewood is not a fun thing to sit with at a close distance.

A recreated 12th-Century kitchen, Dover Castle. Source: English Heritage

The Romans were the first to find a solution to the problem of smoke and soot in the kitchen. They used brick tubes to extract them from the kitchen making the area more breathable and comfortable to sit.

There was also a report of a similar technique in England in 1185. This invention became popular around the world in the 16th century. Thus, a transformation of the kitchen architecture and function (since people can now comfortably sit and eat in the same room where the kitchen is located).

However, during this time, the kitchen is still considered as a separate section of the house because the chimney does not completely eliminate the chances of smokes getting into the house.

The advancement in the kitchen architecture is in no small part due to the development of kitchen equipment like stoves and cooking gas which solved the problems gas cylinders. Washing in the kitchen is made possible and easier with the installation of sinks, aside from that, sinks also add some aesthetic beauty to the general look of the kitchen.

The picture below will surely look like something you are more familiar with unlike the ancient kitchens above.

Source: Pexels

If you are considering improving your kitchen elegance, check our kitchen sink section for different classy designs. All of them are comes with free strainers such as the Blue Ocean 36-inches which is both free strainers and grid equipped. 

Kitchen Tricks and Tips

Before you read on, it is necessary you know that all of the information shared in this section are not personally generated or discovered by us. Instead, they are gathered from reputable authors across the internet.

Peeling & Cutting Onions

One onion is no problem to handle but 5,6 or 7 can stress you a bit. Why? Consider the stress of going back and forth picking them and also cutting them separately.

To save time and stress, get them together; cut their ends; peel them; make a horizontal cut; vertical cut; and other cuts till they are cut to your desired size.

Sounds easy, but try it to see the difference compared with individual cutting.

Preventing Over-boiling and Bubbling Over

If your pot is bubbling over, place a wooden spoon on it (across) to stop it. This can also be used to prevent overboiling.

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Sharpen with ice cubes! The last thing you are expecting to hear right? Well, it reportedly works.

Hard Squash

Pierce with a sharp knife at least twice then place in the microwave for some seconds (maximum of 75 secs). It will be easier to slice and deseed afterward.

Defrosting Meat

Of course, placing it under cold running water will do the magic. But you can save time and water by just placing it on an aluminium sheet tray or frying pan. You can also defrost soups or anything edibles refrigerated flat.

Perfect Sliced Meat

If you are having a tough time cutting your meat to the perfect slice or shape you want, place it in the refrigerator for about 12 minutes to firm.

Egg Shells

Do you usually have remnant shells in your egg mixture? We all do ― at least some times. Remove it using the half-cracked eggshell. They tend to attract.

Peeling Ginger

Reduce cutting yourself while peeling ginger with a knife. Instead, use spoon. You can never go wrong with that.

Stuck Water Glasses

Whenever your glasses are found stuck, fill the most inner with water and place them in hot water.

Separating Rice Grains

Add a few drops of lemon juice to simmering rice to avoid the grains sticking together.

Burning Dish

When a dish suddenly starts to burn on top during baking, don’t be sacred. Place a piece of nonstick sprayed foil on top to stop the burning.