What is in Kitchen

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What is in Kitchen

What is in Kitchen
Today’s modern kitchen is a marvel of efficiency, and convenience.

What is in kitchen is the meeting place for families. It is the social hub, and often the gathering place for friends and guests.

It is the epicenter of the home chef that puts together meals that are savored, remembered, and talked about for generations.

The kitchen is the learning center where many years of food creating,  recipe inventing, and cooking experience are passed down from parents to children, and grandparents to grandchildren.

The kitchen is also the most  important room in the home from a real estate perspective.  When in the market to buy a home, the kitchen will attract, or turn off buyers based on it’s condition, and amenities.

When selling the home, the kitchen’s layout and it’s features will have much to say about the price that the home can be listed for, as well as the amount that is ultimately realized once the home is sold.

Over and above the residential kitchen is the commercial kitchen.  A commercial kitchen can be any type where preparing meals is a business endeavor, such as a restaurant, or cafeteria.

Some of our most beloved destinations are restaurants that serve our favorite delectable delights.  All made possible by talented chefs working with high level kitchen appliances.

I will describe the history of food and kitchens, what the components are of a great kitchen, and where you find these components both online, and in person.

The History of Food and Kitchens
What is in Kitchen
The first kitchens coincided the invention of fire.

Stone Age

The very first kitchen was probably in a cave with a simple wood fire, and food was cooked in a clay pots.  Clay was also used to provide storage for these pots, for food, and for their rudimentary utensils used in preparing and cooking food.

These clay pots, and storage cupboards, and shelves of course all had to be made by hand.  The food consisted primarily of whatever could be hunted and gathered.

Fish was also part of the stone age diet, depending on how close to rivers, oceans, and lakes a civilization might be.  Fires were started using sticks, dry moss or straw, and small twigs.

Cooking was often accomplished by digging a hole in the ground, laying stones around the hole.  A fire would be started in the hole using small pieces of wood, and branches or logs.

The stones would allow for sticks to be balanced on top of the hole. Green sticks would be layed in opposite directions which formed a very primitive grill.

These sticks had to be green and kept a few feet away from the flames to keep from burning.  These were the first ovens, as well as the precursor to barbeque grills.

What is in Kitchen
The discovery of bronze improved cooking and lives.

Bronze Age

The Bronze Age took place between the years of 3000 BC and 1200 BC.

With the discovery of the metal bronze in ancient civilizations, cooking became better due to bronze’s ability to conduct heat well.

The process of smelting bronze was discovered, which led to the ability to make cooking vessels such as pots, and other utensils.

As a result of the awareness, many vessels were made from bronze to both cook food, and store food, and other items. Cooking became much more efficient.

During this time period, boiling, and frying food began as a result of bronze cookware.

Most Bronze age artifacts are cooking pots, and other items and vessels used for or in the process of cooking.

What is in Kitchen
Iron cookware, and utensils are still in use today.

Iron Age

The Iron Age was the time period of approximately 1200 BC until about 800 AD.  This lengthy,  almost 2000 year span that changed the Asian and European civilizations quite dramatically, and permanently.

The advent of cast iron brought about new types of cookware,  and kitchen utensils.  For example cast iron frying pans, roasting spits, and numerous other utensils were commonplace during this time.

Cast iron cookware, and utensils have endured to today. You still see many kitchens outfitted with cast iron in one utensil or cookware or another.

Kitchens in the 1700’s

Kitchens our ancestors utilized in the 1700’s had evolved from the iron age into medieval times and beyond.  These kitchens included an oven built into the wall in the back of a hearth or fire brick counter.

Predominantly wood, and some charcoal was used as fuel for kitchens at this time.  Cooking in these ovens was very time consuming, and difficult to control the heat and temperature.

Everything, of course had to be washed, and cleaned by hand.  If you were lucky enough to have a stream or creek nearby, this could make these chores more bearable.

Keeping food cool was another challenge.  A below ground cellar would have to be built which required digging fairly deep under ground.

Otherwise food needed to be preserved by fermentation or making jams, which involved cooking the fruits and vegetables, and adding sugar.

Fermenting foods is the process of putting vegetables in a closed container along with water, and salt. These foods were contained in small pots or other receptacles.

Kitchens of Today
What is in Kitchen
Today’s kitchens allow for diverse, efficient meals.

Fast forward some 250 years to today’s kitchens, and our ancestors would be blown away by the ease, control, and speed that food can be prepared, cooked, and served.

In addition, the appliances, and instruments used would also surely elicit many surprised looks and comments.

Today’s kitchens are bigger, cleaner, more sanitary, and outfitted with astounding appliances, countertops, storage,  and cabinetry.

Many of the kitchens of today also contain breakfast bars, center islands, writing desks, and butler’s pantrys.  And with large wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops the attractiveness of kitchen’s today is very appealing.

Appliances
Today’s appliances are simply amazing for the conveniences they provide, and the food storage, food preservation,  meal preparation, and cooking capabilities they facilitate.

Today’s typical kitchen larger appliances are, the refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, range, and garbage disposal.

Some kitchens also have a trash compactor, wall oven, a cook top, and/or a wine fridge or an under-counter refrigerator.

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Modern refrigerators cooling extends food life, and has large capacity for food storage.

Refrigerators
Refrigerators are also known as the ice box, fridge, cooler, and freezer.  The refrigerator delivers important kitchen functions that enable us to store perishable food.

It helps preserve, and extend’s the food’s life by keeping it cool, and minimizing the chances of bacterial formation, and other spoilage problems.

Most refrigerators of today also have a freezer compartment that is above the refrigerator, to it’s side, or below it.  Freezers allow for longer term storage of food, as well as providing the ability to make ice.

Some refrigerators even dispense water, and ice right from the outside of the door without having to access the inside.  In addition, it is possible to program, and set the temperature and other settings from the outside of the door on some other refrigerators.

Dishwashers
Dishwashers are amazing machines that save us large chunks of time, and unpleasant work that washing and drying dishes used to cost us.

Dishwashers also provide storage to help keep our kitchen counters and sinks free from dirty, unsanitary pots, pans, dishes, and glass build up.

Dishwashers today come with many different, useful features such as heavy duty cycles for tough jobs, gentle cycles for delicate china, high speed and drying cycles to allow for quick turnover.

In addition, some dishwashers have interior flexibility to accommodate larger pots and pans, and the ability to direct it’s cleaning to specific areas.

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Ranges may have cooktops, ovens, and broilers.

Ranges 
A standard range of today provides a top surface to cook food. Below the top surface or cooktop is an oven for baking food. Beneath the oven is a broiler to broil steaks, and other meats.

These ranges utilize gas or electric as fuel.  Which type you will need will depend on how your home is outfitted.  Electric ranges either have a ceramic glass smooth top, or electric coil elements on the top surface.

Gas ranges have grill tops in various configurations.  Both gas and electric ranges are easy to control, and provide efficient cooking capability for many different types of foods and meals.

It is possible to have several different foods cooking at the same time, which allows for the creation of a myriad of dishes in a relatively short period of time.

Other common and extremely useful kitchen appliances include microwave ovens, trash compactors, and garbage disposals.

Microwave Ovens
Microwaves allow for very rapid cooking, heating, and reheating of foods, and drinks.

Trash Compactors
Trash compactors press trash to much smaller size that saves space, time, and work.

Garbage Disposals
These brilliant devices grind up our food waste, and send it out in a liquid form down the drain the way of our water.

This saves time, and gives us a sanitary solution to rid our garbage versus having to store it with our trash.

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Small Appliances

Some incredibly useful small appliances are also a common site in many modern kitchens.

These small appliances include stand mixers, blenders, juicers, table top convection ovens, coffee makers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, hand mixers, hand blenders, kettles,  food processors and more.

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What is in Kitchen – Summary

What is in the kitchen is the meeting place for families. It is the social hub, and often the gathering place for friends and guests.

It is the epicenter of the home chef, and the restaurant chef that put together meals that are savored, and remembered and talked about for generations.

The origin of the kitchen was the Stone Age to the Bronze Age, to the Iron Age, and into what we know and enjoy today.

Kitchens of today are bigger, cleaner, more sanitary, and outfitted with astounding appliances, countertops, storage,  and cabinetry.

Today’s typical kitchen larger appliances are, the refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, range, and garbage disposal.

Common small appliances include stand mixers, blenders, juicers, table top convection ovens, coffee makers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, hand mixers, hand blenders, kettles,  food processors and more.

The kitchen has evolved into a truly amazing place that greatly improves, and enhances people’s lives from a health, convenience, and even a social standpoint.

It continues to evolve with even better, and more efficient components that will soon render the kitchens of the past to be considered thoroughly obsolete.

What would your ideal kitchen consist of?
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12 thoughts on “What is in Kitchen”

  1. I like the way you wrote about the stone age kitchen to the modern kitchen. Very informative.
    All families have an ideal kitchen depending on if they are a small or large family group.
    Knowing that, what 3 things are the small family looking at before they decide if it’s an ideal kitchen vs what a large family is looking at?

    1. Hi Bob, thanks for your comments, and question. A large family is looking for things like an eat in kitchen. more cabinet, counter, and pantry space, and a heavy duty dishwasher. A small family is not as concerned about the extra space, and ability to handle lots of dishes. Good luck, Tom

  2. Hi Tom,

    Great and informative post! really loved the history of kitchens in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age’s. fascinating looking back.

    I remember our old 70’s kitchen with the orange and timber cabinets haha! great memories. This would be the most informative article on kitchens I have ever read. thanks so much,

    Kev

    1. Hi Kev, thank you for your comments, and compliment. Yes, those 70’s homes were really something. I grew up in one myself. Take care, Tom

  3. Very nice post, I like the way you have described the evolution of kitchen from Stone Age to Modern age kitchen. Also, as I was reading the post there are some great kitchen memories that came to my mind. I remember as a kid I used to get fascinated with the kitchenware. Thanks for sharing the post.

  4. I agree! The kitchen is the most important part of the house, for meals and so much more. My family and I use it for my kid’s homework, games, and any type of major decisions that need to be made. I guess the comfort of having some type of food and drink in the immediate vicinity makes this the best place to have these events.

    When I looked for my house, I definitely asked to keep the appliances. Nice ones cost a lot, and the current appliances were definitely some of the better ones out there.

    Looking at any home, the kitchen is the first thing many people talk about. Looking at these fixer upper type TV shows, the focal point is always the kitchen. Sure they show the other rooms, but i bet I have seen more time spent on showing the kitchen than any of the rooms.

    Thanks for a great read!

    1. Thank you Gordon for your comments. You really understand the ideas I was trying to convey, and that is appreciated. Glad you liked the article. All the best, Tom

  5. Thanks for the incredibly informative post! My ideal kitchen isn’t too big, but I want enough counter space that I can get everything done at once. It is really interested to learn the history of the kitchen space and compare that to what a kitchen is today. It has always been the center of social activity in our home. Despite having plenty of seating, everyone is always just standing around in the kitchen!

  6. A very nice post. Totally agree. The first thing we notice and entices us whether we’re buying or renting we focus on the kitchen. If not designed right and does not look contemporary we won’t care how much money has been spent on the rooms and living rooms.

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