Since time immemorial, people have been using various types of tools in their kitchens to make cooking and cleaning easier. Some of these kitchen tools have gained popularity across the world, while some remain underrated. One such example is kitchen towels and we all have multiple of these clothes stacked somewhere on the shelves. If you pay attention, you will notice that these towels are used to solve various purposes in a kitchen, however, we hardly speak about it. Hence today, we thought of bringing your attention to some of the best ways of using a napkin, besides cleaning dishes, drying hands and moping the countertops. Let's get going.
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What Are The Different Types Of Kitchen Towels Available?
You will find a variety of towels, each made with some unique fabric. We listed the most common ones used in almost every kitchen. Take a look.
1. Towels made of terrycloth:
These towels work best as absorbent and can be a perfect replacement for tissues and paper towels. You can use it to soak water, clean hands and more.
2. Towels made with microfibre:
This material has dual usage - when dry, it helps wipe dust and if you wet the cloth, it works the best to pick leftover food from the countertop, clean germs et al.
3. Towels made with cotton:
Another instance of great absorbent, cotton towels are durable and don't lose their elasticity even after regular wash.
4. Towels made with linen:
It is best for drying delicate utensils, like glass and porcelain, after cleaning. Linen is a soft material, preventing the risks of getting scratched.
How To Keep Your Kitchen Towels Clean?
It is important to clean these towels regularly to keep up the hygiene of your kitchen. The best way to clean these towels is by boiling them well in detergent-soaked water. Then rinse these towels well and sun-dry. repeat the process at least twice a week to keep up your kitchen safe and hygienic.
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7 Surprising Ways To Use Kitchen Towels:
What comes to your mind when we ask you about the usage of kitchen towels? Most of you will say, 'for cleaning purposes'. But trust us, a kitchen towel has more to it. Check them out.
1. Prevent the chopping board from sliding:
You will often find the chopping board sliding from the countertop while you are cutting some ingredients, often leading to accidents. To avoid the situation, always place a damp kitchen towel below the board to prevent the chopping board from slipping.
2. Hold hot container:
What do you do when you don't find a kitchen pincer nearby? This is where a kitchen cloth comes in handy. Fold the towel to make it thicker and hold a hot container easily. Just make sure, the cloth is not damp while you do the job.
3. Soak excess oil from fried food:
You can use a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil from pakodas, samosas and other fried food. Place the towel on a plate and transfer the fried foods to it.
4. Cover dough after kneading:
We all know a dough for roti, paratha and puri should be allowed to rest after kneading. Always use a damp cloth to cover the dough while it rests.
5. Prevent scratches on glass table:
Glass tables are delicate and often get scratched when you place a hard and sturdy utensil on it. Covering the space with a kitchen towel and then placing the utensils help prevent those unwanted scratches.
6. Wrap herbs to keep fresh:
Looking for ways to keep your herbs fresh for long? We suggest using a dry and clean kitchen cloth. Clean the greens, let them dry and wrap them with a kitchen towel before storing them in the refrigerator.
7. Open tight lid of a jar:
We often struggle while opening the lid of a jar. All you need to do is, place a kitchen cloth on it to create a grip and twist. Trust us, the lid will open easily.
Do you know any other way of using a kitchen towel? Share it with us in the comments below.
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