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Top tips for frustration-free cooking

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As winter approaches we are likely to spend more time in our kitchens preparing warm, hearty meals for our families. Eclipse DYNAMIC SPACE Specialist, Candice Prins, shares her top tips for frustration-free cooking.

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1.Save time and shorten distances

The key to smooth workflows and saving time in the kitchen involves identifying the most common activities you do in your kitchen, what storage items you need and where you’ll need them. Ideally your preparation worktop space should be at least 900mm wide and located between your prep bowl (cleaning zone) and your hob (cooking zone) to ensure kitchen tasks run like clockwork.

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Stop bottles of cooking oils from falling over with an inner dividing system and store chopping boards neatly.

2. Make sure that spices and oils are close at hand

Choose an ergonomic, high-fronted drawer to store your spices, oil bottles, vinegars and chopping boards. Place this unit between your prep zone and cooking zone for easy access during preparation and cooking time.

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3. Choose drawers instead of shelves

Drawers are very ergonomic making it far easier to access contents compared to shelved cabinets. Create up to 15% more space by choosing a wider drawer instead of two narrow ones. Deeper drawers with higher sides create even more space.

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Separate your pots from their lids with Blum AMBIA-LINE inner dividers for easy access and a perfectly tidy drawer. 

4. Keep pots and pans close to the hob

Make sure your prized collection of cooking ware is right where you need it in drawers close to the hob. Use customisable cross dividers to separate lids from pots so that you don’t have to search high and low for the right lid. Baking trays can be stored upright conveniently in high-fronted drawers using the ORGA-LINE dividing walls. No need to store these in messy piles.

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Keep your pots and pans close to the hob. 

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5. Keep utensils organised and close by

It’s essential to have the right tools for cooking and prep work. It is just as important to keep these utensils organized and exactly where you need them to make kitchen tasks quicker and easier. Thanks to innovative products such as the knife holder, film and foil dispenser, bottle dividers and spice holders in the Blum AMBIA-LINE and ORGA-LINE ranges, kitchen tasks are a breeze.


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Visit: or contact any of the Eclipse stores nationwide in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth on 0861 eclipse (325 4773) 

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