4 things that are better to prepare at the sink

steamed vegetables

Tip 1 – Steamed vegetables

As more and more people become conscious of nutrition, steamers are becoming increasingly prevalent in kitchens, as they allow quick and simple food preparation. There are sinks that can be combined perfectly with steamer accessories, to make steam cooking an absolute breeze. The size of the sink can also been matched to the dimensions of the steam cooking container. Once the short cooking time is over, the dripping wet steam cooking container can be hung in the sink itself to drain thanks to short walking routes. This prevents water from running out onto the worktop. Small steps inside the bowl ensure that cooking containers can be positioned optimally.

Tip 2 – Drain pasta more easily

Pasta dishes are standard fare in households with children. After all, they’re quick, easy and go down well with little ones. The only difficult bit is draining the heavy pot containing the pasta and cooking water, especially if the kitchen has a relatively small sink. Water can easily go elsewhere as you’re pouring it out into a colander. And if you have a pasta pot with an attached sieve, you might be facing another problem: where should you put the dripping wet container full of pasta if you still need to pour away the pasta water? Is the drainer – if you have one – clean enough? A stainless steel colander that fits the bowl could help you out. Instead of a sieve, the spaghetti is simply poured into the grooved multifunctional colander. Thanks to the stainless steel material, you barely have to think about hygiene here, as the colander can be cleaned in the dishwasher without any issues.

A man is blanching a tomato

Tip 3 – When blanching tomatoes, quench in cold water

If you’re making spaghetti, you're also going to want a homemade tomato sauce. Peeled tomatoes are absolutely vital here, and it’s easiest to prepare them directly over the sink. Blanching tomatoes, which means quenching briefly boiled tomatoes in icy water, is easiest in the sink itself. The rails in the bowl mean that the sink is under no pressure from the hot pot and the ice-cold water. After quenching, the tomato skin can be easily peeled away and the tomatoes boiled to make a delicious homemade sauce.

Tip 4 – Always wash salad thoroughly

You’ll need a lot of water to prepare a salad using lettuce from your own garden, so it’s best to make a salad at the sink. After you’ve trimmed the lettuce, put the leaves into the water and clean them quickly but thoroughly. If necessary, you should repeat this process once or twice with fresh water if the leaves have a lot of soil on them. Avoid soaking the leaves in water for a long time, as this will wash out too many of the nutrients, which will then be lost in the water. This multiple washing is not necessary for supermarket-bought salads, as these have already been pre-washed. However, briefly dousing salad with fresh water is recommended, as salads are often packed in plastic and have gone through many hands.