Besides the practical aspects of having your most-used utensils close at hand, I've always loved the look of utensil holders — all those wooden spoons, whisks, and spatulas grouped together in a pretty container. When I see utensils out on display in a kitchen, it's like an informal declaration that the kitchen is well-loved and used. You can store utensils in anything — a mason jar, a vintage vase — but if you want to get fancy about it, here are seven holders that'll steal the spotlight:
Rachael Ray didn't invent it, but she did give a memorable name and widespread popularity to one of the kitchen tools I can't cook without: the garbage bowl. Let's take a moment to appreciate this humble workhorse of the kitchen.
Single use tools are forbidden in my kitchen. Garlic peeler? No way, just smash it with a knife. Ice cream scoop? A big spoon will do just fine. Oh, but the French press breaks the rule. When it's not filled with fresh coffee it just sits there, taking up space. Just how many other uses can a French press handle? As it turns out, far more than I realized.
I'm a big fan of keeping unnecessary tools and gadgets out of my kitchen, but I find that there's one item I don't mind owning a few extras of: measuring cups and spoons. The reason is simple. There are very few recipes that require just one teaspoon of something or don't need more than one measuring cup. These utensils are used daily in my kitchen, if not several times a day, and they don't take up a lot of space. So why not have a few extras around?
Q: I got a pizza stone with the convection oven I bought at Kohl's and online instructions said to 'condition' the stone first. But as it was heating, the smell was awful. It got worse, and started stinging my throat and eyes. After I turned the oven off, it continued to smell bad. This morning, my eyes are still burning! What could cause this?
If you've ever found yourself flinging your whisk back and forth in an effort to dislodge it from other tools in your utensil drawer, then we've found the whisk for you. The collapsible nylon Beater Whisk—available in eight fun color combos—is perfect for anyone who likes neat, orderly drawers and/or fun contraptions. There is something oh-so-satisfying about sliiiiiiding the circle down to "open" the whisk and sliiiiiiiiding it back up to close it. See it in action below:
We all have well-loved, chipped-up, and slightly shabby tools in our kitchens -- tools that aren't in this season's latest color or made of the highest quality materials. These tools are often the ones we love the most -- the old wooden spoon, the bowl with a hairline crack that still holds fruit and looks beautiful. But there are times when it is right and good to let a tool go. When is that, for you? Here's one tool I'm about to send off to a new home...
This isn't the first time we've talked about Gray Works. Their gorgeous hand-hewn footed cutting boards and serving platters have captured our attention for years. We love them for entertaining, and think any one of the boards makes a stellar gift, particularly for a wedding. (You can also get them engraved!) Most of the boards are in that special-treat $50-$75 range, but there are a few mini platters under $30--in other words, the right price to treat yourself!