In my kitchen I use an electric coffee grinder for almost all of my spice grinding needs. It pulverizes thick chunky salts for delicate pizza crusts and takes care of things like cloves this time of year. I don't usually want my flavors mingling with the next one getting ground up, though, so to keep things clean I just use a little rice. Want to see how it works?
Q: I recently moved into a much smaller space, with no windows in the kitchen. I cook with a lot of really aromatic ingredients like onions, garlic, and curry, and I've noticed that my entire apartment will smell like my last dinner for far too long! Any suggestions for how to prevent overwhelming small spaces with cooking odors?
Every now and then I do something really stupid in the kitchen, and since I am sacrificially devoted to the welfare of others, I refuse to hide my mistakes in embarrassment. No, I'm airing my most recent truly awful mistake here, dear readers, for your benefit — if you have ever, ever considered putting a wax-dripped candleholder in the dishwasher, be ye not so stupid.
I can't lie. As a writer for The Kitchn and Apartment Therapy, I get amazing mail. Real mail, like from the mail man. I know you're jealous. Recently a magical wooden box appeared on my doorstep and judging by my reaction you'd think I had won the lottery. What was inside? Cleaners. I'm a simple person folks and this was exciting stuff! Here's why:
Fall vegetables tend to be especially dirty; they come out of the ground with wet October mud and grit all over them. So a good vegetable brush is very helpful for cooking in this season. This simple brush from OXO gets rave reviews from its fans. It's not as pretty as a wood-handled brush, but it's more practical, since the whole thing can be thrown in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Composting kitchen scraps reduces material waste, but this way of collecting the scraps also reduces time and energy waste. With a built-in receptacle flush with the countertop, it's so easy to just sweep kitchen scraps right in.
We're not blessed with the luxury of a dishwasher, so we're heavily reliant on our dish drainer rack. Right now we have a very simple rack, but we've found that in the case of drainer racks &mdash the simpler the better! Drainer racks come in many different shapes, sizes and materials and we're not sure which material is the best.