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First kitchen zone, “Food supplies”

In years gone by, food storage was a vital part of running a home. It went without saying that people would group their food supplies appropriately and store them so that they would last a long time, taking into account the technical constraints of the period. Items were stored, for example, in a cellar, part of which would be deep underground, or in a larder, which used to be a familiar fixture in any home.

But when general stores started making products readily available, thanks to industrial production and the possibility of preserving food, it was no longer necessary to store large amounts of food in the home. Industrial food production and the associated increased availability in shops displaced domestic storage and preservation.

Nevertheless, the issue of food storage is still an extremely important part of planning a kitchen today. Nowadays, most kitchen users want to keep a certain stock of various ingredients and goods in their home, enabling them to act flexibly and creatively in preparing a range of different dishes. Over the years, these supplies have become ever more diverse, managing to make their mark and win their own personal space in the household. The vision of “astronaut food” has, thankfully, receded into the distance. You will find more information about optimum food storage in the section titled “Food storage”.

It’s really annoying if you forget to plan for sufficient storage room when designing a kitchen. You run this risk if visual requirements are in conflict with functional demands. As a kitchen user, you should first assess your available storage space and your own shopping habits, then decide how many and what type of cupboards you need. The storage space is now right there in the kitchen, not in a separate storage room as in the past. You have direct access to your food and don’t have to walk all the way to another room to get to it. Today’s storage units are also so well organised that you can often fit more food into a small cupboard than in a separate storage room. And with the prices per square metre for homes being what they are today, that’s no insignificant consideration.

The food storage area comprises the fridge or fridge-freezer and special larder units or base units that have been optimised for storing food. The kitchen design industry has come up with a range of clever solutions to replace the old larder and make everything as accessible as possible. It is important to have storage spaces which are large enough and to have easy access to your goods via pull-out sections. These units give a really clear overview of everything in the cupboard, so you won’t unexpectedly find items which are well past their use by date or have to empty the cupboard in order to reach things stored right at the back.

The industry offers fridges in various widths and heights that not only boast well thought out interior equipment, but also save energy. They have different temperature zones, making them suitable for storing a range of foods for a long period of time. The fridge must be installed at a height that is tailored to the user in order to provide the maximum ergonomic benefit, since it will be used very frequently and unnecessary bending should be avoided.

Dry foods can be stored in pull-out larders or other full-extension pull-outs, which are available in practically all widths and heights. Storage units should always be near to the fridge and the food preparation area. It is also important that they are easily accessible and pull-out larders, for example, are not located right next to a wall, as this would prevent you using them from both sides. Not only can pull-out larders be accessed from the sides but, unlike drawers or storage compartments, they can also be viewed in their entirety from that same vantage point, giving you a better overview of what food you have in stock and how much of it is left. The kitchen can be appropriately supplemented by special cupboards such as those designed to store bottles, which, thanks to their small dimensions, are easy to integrate in any kitchen.

You will find more information about other areas of the kitchen in the sections titled
, Preparation and Cooking.