For The Kitchn Cure this year we asked those who are participating to share their progress on social media using the #kitchncure hashtag. Here are some examples of the hard work you've all been putting into the assignments –– and if you haven't started yet, maybe this will inspire you!
The third task arrived, and I approached it with trepidation after my bruising experience in the pantry on Day 2. On the surface all looked well, since I cleared out most extraneous tools and gadgets before I moved back in June, but I was taking nothing for granted. I knew my drawers had gotten a little messy, and there were a few crumbs in with my silverware. Would I find a horrible spill in the bottom of a cabinet? A broken piece of equipment? Three whisks too many? No, none of those things... although I did find a dead plant.
I have a weird kitchen. At first glance, it looks pretty big. Then you start trying to put things away. My kitchen has surprisingly little storage space. (I have sexy, sexy fantasies about remodeling my tiny laundry room and adding a large pantry. These fantasies involve a handsome contractor...and winning the lottery.) This kitchen was designed for people who like to entertain and also enjoy the services of caterers. It's a moot point, because I can't really afford catered affairs, but I really like to do it myself! I pared down when we moved here, so this Kitchn Cure task wasn't a huge challenge.
Day 3: Wednesday, October 2 Assignment: Declutter appliances, gadgets and tools
I've had days in the kitchen where I open my drawer, my one and only drawer in my kitchen, and I find things so caddywhompus that I feel like shutting the drawer, turning around, and ordering take-out. Does this sound familiar? The corkscrew is twisted onto a whisk, there are wooden skewers poking into the sides of the drawer, and the ubiquitous drawer full of leftover containers with mis-matched tops. Up on the countertop there can be a different kind of chaos: appliances you don't use, tangled cords, perhaps a utensil jar with a melted rubber spatula, five of the same size wooden spoon, but not a single slotted spoon in sight.
Have you cleaned your fridge? Decluttered your pantry? Donated that can of black bean soup you're just never going to eat? No? You haven't? Well, neither have I.
I've been reading Sara Kate's Cure assignments, knowing that I have flour settled into every nook of my baking drawer, and something unmentionable is gumming up the pantry floor. I've been watching Cambria clean up her bag lady ways, and Anne get serious with her pantry. I'd like to be right there with them, but this has been a seriously busy week and I haven't even done the dishes let alone cleaned the fridge.
And you know what? That's OK. Because it's not too late to join The Kitchn Cure. I'm going to catch up on the assignments this weekend, and get into the fun and spirit of the Cure when I have a little more time. The reward? A clean kitchen. No more sticky. What about you? If you think it's too late — it's not! Come join us weekend catcher-uppers and give some serious love to your kitchen. It deserves it, and so do you.
Prior to moving a few months ago I cleared out my pantry of all the duplicates, oddities, and old stuff, so I thought this task was going to be a breeze. I'll just wipe everything down and straighten it up. Oh, and I guess I should probably try to clean off the sticky masking tape residue on my flour containers. And that's where my problems started.
Who bought this stuff? It can't have been me. Okay. Well. I think we all know it was me. Though my husband will have to claim a few things, jars of who-knows-what he got in gift baskets at work and stuck in there, never to see the light of day again. But it was pretty much me. By the way, the picture above is the "after" picture. Before was just too scary.
Day 2: Tuesday, October 1 Assignment: Declutter and clean your pantry and food storage areas
How did you sleep? Did you dream about your sparkling refrigerator and freezer? Are you ready to hit it again?
Today we're repeating yesterday's assignment, but applying the assignments to the the pantry, cabinets and countertops; in other words, any foods in your kitchen that are not in the refrigerator or freezer. Foods stored out of the refrigerator often are overlooked. Dry goods and spices in particular may seem to last forever but the truth is, they can get stale, too.
There comes a time in every person's life when you're forced to face uncomfortable truths about yourself. Last week I experienced such a moment when I opened my refrigerator to start cleaning it out. I stood there for a time, letting all the cold air escape, and with it this inescapable fact: I am a messy refrigerator bag lady.
So, this task made me cry. Was it the scary, scary cucumber I found at the bottom of the veggie drawer? The massive number of jars, some with dubious origins? Was it the nearly full bottle of expensive umeboshi plum vinegar silently mocking my failure to go macro or whatever that was? No. I cried because the last time I cleaned the fridge was the day my mom died.