In many homes, your kitchen is on display. In others, you can see it through a door that faces the living room and then there's a few that have the luxury of having it totally concealed. Because it's always being seen, try making a cleaning checklist by having a staring contest with it. You're destined to lose, but you'll be the winner on grime.
Last week Serious Eats did a post on all of the elements that can affect a cup of coffee. When you really get right down to it, there are only two ingredients in a pure cup of joe: ground coffee beans and water. But have you ever thought about what might be lingering in your coffee filter?
We used to live a paper towel-less life. But then became parents. It still takes us a long time to use up a whole roll, but we do have them in the house these days. That's why we like this out-of-the-way-but-handy solution to storing them:
I know, I know. Cleaning is usually way down on our list of things to get excited about, and new cleaning products are even further down. But have you discovered these "magic" eraser pads? They're all they claim to be and more.
So it turns out that my small tumblers are the exact same size as my garbage disposal. I learned this to my dismay late Sunday night and started panicking as idea after idea failed to extract it from the belly of my sink. You'll never guess what finally did the trick.
Perhaps you can help me. The space between the oven and counter in my kitchen is so close that it might as well be called a crack. This becomes a trap for all sorts of crumbs, splatters, and all sorts of undesirable things. I have a heck of a time getting it clean. Ideas?
Here's a different sort of dish drainer: it's built in layers of soft plastic, like three-dimensional layers of topography on a map. It pops completely flat for storage, and it looks stylish while sitting out. It is really only practical for a few dishes at a time, but for some small households, this is all they need.
Some of my earliest kitchen memories have to do with cleaning, not cooking. When I was still quite little — perhaps four years old — my mom would put a step stool next to the sink and let me dry the silverware with a fuzzy dishtowel. I would put on an apron and feel very grown-up. I do have cherished memories of cooking while I was a kid, but I have equally fond memories of cleaning up the kitchen. I am curious how our readers approach this with their own kids, from toddlers to teens: Do they help you clean up the kitchen?
The sometimes over stylized food world that magazines and blogs portray these days leaves no room for a messy kitchen. They just aren't seen. Beautiful food comes from thin air where there isn't a single dirty dish or empty can left on the counter. When this photo from The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond popped up yesterday it was a big sigh of relief for me.