Day 6: Consider Appliances, Gadgets and Tools

The Kitchn Cure Fall 2013

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Day 6: Monday, October 7
Assignment: Consider appliances, gadgets and tools

Today is the day when you are allowed to bring in a few things that aren't perishable, so choose wisely. If you have a budget set aside, today is a shopping day. If not, it's a dreaming day. Either way, you'll have some fun. Before clicking through, take a long deep breath and promise yourself that you won't just fill up the new empty space you created during the last few days. Really consider whether or not you need anything new and know that the best cooking comes from having a positive attitude and a few skills, not from having the latest gadget.

Today's Assignment (estimated time: 10 minutes - 3 hours)

1. Re-post or take a quick before photo of your equipment areas; we want to see the scene before you hit the stores. Show us your countertops, cupboards and other places you keep your kitchen tools and equipment. If you have a utensil crock with just a spoon and a whisk, so be it. At this point in the cure, that's a sign of health. Post them to social media using the #kitchncure hashtag.

2. Make a list of any new tools you need: On Day 3 you worked very hard to lighten the load your kitchen carries by giving away kitchen tools and equipment. Today I'm asking you to consider what you might need to replenish in order to cook the way you want to cook.
  • The Buy Stuff Path: Maybe you like to grill and it's as simple as a $5 silicone brush to complete your grill kit, or maybe you've been saving up for a KitchenAid mixer and feel like it's time to go for it. If you do add something, think hard and long before you make the purchase. Will this help you cook more? Do you have room for it?

    We talk a lot on The Kitchn about what a kitchen needs equipment-wise. Here's a link to all our The Kitchn's Essential posts, covering the always hot-topic of what basic tools your kitchen needs. You might already have it all. Make a list of what you need, make a budget, then go shopping.
  • The Buy Nothing Path: Just like on Day 5 when you considered restocking your food supplies, we are not here to make you buy anything. If you'd rather not, that's fine. If you feel well-stocked already, or simply don't want to spend any money, use this time to keep thinking about how you want to cook going forward. Can you rearrange your countertops, pot racks and drawers in a way that will ensure optimum accessibility to the tools and appliances you use most? Double check: did you really get rid of anything that might hold you back? While you're at it, go ahead and make a list of dream tools and put them on your birthday list.

    Do you feel like there's something you really need, but don't want to buy it? Put it our on your social network sites and ask the crowd. Use the hashtag #kitchncurewishlist. You never know what is in someone else's outbox

3. Show off something new you have in your kitchen, or your wish list on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. (Don't forget to tag your work with #kitchncure so we can find you.)

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