OK everyone, this is it! The big push to get your kitchen clean, organized, and well-equipped before we turn and start in on the cooking part of the Kitchen Cure next week. We're going to give you lots more cleaning resources and inspiration during the rest of the week, but first: as you cleaned and organized your cupboards, is there anything you discovered you're missing?
This is a good question for today, given all our recent talk about knife storage. Reader Jesse writes:
My boyfriend and I are moving in together this month to our first darling little apartment. One of the things we are both most excited about is having a kitchen all to ourselves. While we get to take a lot of things from the our current kitchens, we will be missing one main ingredient for a fabulous kitchen: A really good knife.
Yesterday we asked you for your best knife storage solutions. Where do you store your knives? Do you hang them on the wall? Throw them in a drawer? Well, several of you responded, and here's a look at some of your favorite knife-keeping products, as well as real-life photos of where you store your knives. If you'd like to show us your knives too, just send us a photo and we'll add it to this gallery.
We want to see how you store your knives! As you are cleaning up extra tools and decluttering cupboards, are you making changes in how you store and organize those most essential of kitchen tools: the knives? Tell us here how you store your knives, and then send us a picture, too, of your knife storage and organization solution.
The first time we saw a stocky pair of salad hands sticking out of a friend's salad bowl, we were not impressed. They look like bear claws, frankly. But over the years, we've noticed we tend to toss salads with our bare hands—so much more efficient than trying to use traditional tongs. We can really dig down into the bowl to get the dressing and ingredients perfectly combined. So now we're taking another look at these odd little salad servers...
I am still looking for a better storage solution for my knives; they are currently knocking about in a drawer. The drawer is an awkward size and I am not yet sure if it will hold an in-drawer knife rack. I don't want to give up counter space for a block, and magnetic knife racks scare me just a little bit. So I was intrigued to see these stainless steel knife racks from restaurant supply company Edlund.
Perhaps relic is too strong a word; after all, the one above is currently for sale at Williams-Sonoma. But we think of electric knives as a convenience gadget from the 80s that has slowly been replaced by well-made chefs' knives. Maybe we're wrong. Do you use an electric knife in your house?
Next in line with celebrity-branded culinary tools is Chef Emeril Lagasse's new cutlery line for Wüsthof. I had a chance to give these knives a turn. Set to dislike them for their celebrity-backing (I'm partial to no-name restaurant-supply knives) and their odd, faux-wood handles, I ended up impressed with their design and functionality.
We mostly focus on the practical, here at The Kitchn. We like good ideas for everyday cooking and recipes that anyone can make. But we also like to keep an eye on the fanciful and the creative! There are many designers out there who are working on new concepts for kitchen gadgets and tools. Some of these are slightly unhinged, but some seem like great ideas.
Here's a gallery of some interesting design concepts for the kitchen. Which is your favorite?