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.
The Kitchn Cure started yesterday -– 2 weeks, 10 assignments to help you get your kitchen clean and organized. If you haven't signed up for the Cure, or are worried that it might be too hard or take too much time, have no fear –– these dogs are here to hold your hand through the process. They know what's up.
Now that The Kitchn Cure has officially started, I'm thinking a lot about better ways to organize my kitchen. One thing I know I can improve upon is how I store my cookware. So where better to look for inspiration than our kitchen tour archives? Here are 15 real-kitchen ideas for how to store your pots and pans:
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.
Day 1: Monday, September 30 Assignment: Declutter and clean the refrigerator and freezer
Welcome, everyone! Happy first day of The Kitchn Cure. There are over 6,000 7,000 of you signed up so far; I'm pretty sure we're about to make a difference in the world. By cleaning out your kitchen and giving it offerings of beauty and life, you shift the energy in your home. Then you start to cook more for yourself, you have people over, you eat more nutritiously. Life gets better. It's just inevitable.
This week we want to get you set up by collecting some tell-all "before" photos of your kitchen, and giving you the instructions for taking the first step on your Cure journey: emptying out and cleaning your refrigerator.
Way back in February of 2008, I wrote Washing-Up Buddha, my first Weekend Meditation for The Kitchn. It's been years since I've revisited that post, so I took another look this morning just to see what I was up to back then. I had long forgotten what I wrote and I was a little worried. Would I find that I feel differently than I did then? Did I say something I wished I hadn't? Have I changed a lot or maybe not enough?
Do you technically love the idea of a cheese plate for dessert, but find yourself staring blankly in the cheese department, overwhelmed by the sights, sounds…and prices? Never fear, here are seven tips to help compose a plate that's delicious without breaking the bank.
My friend Ryan Nevius is really cool. She's an environmentalist (hard-core!) who cares enough to make it simple for the laziest of her friends. (Ahem. That would be me.) Ryan taught me how to compost the easy way, by making the kids do it.