Week 3 Assignment
- Catch up. At this point it is cruicial that you do the assigments from the first and second weeks of the Kitchen Cure since at this mid-way point we switch from cleaning out to adding back in. There is still time so if you're behind, do not panic. Just set aside a few minutes each day to make your way through the simple steps outlined in each weeks' assignment. Both weeks involve a deep clean, so if you're doing it all at once, have your bucket and rags handy so you can scour as you go. • Week 1: Clean Out Pantry, Refrigerator & Freezer • Week 2: Clean Out Tools & Gadgets
- Restock Ingredients. It all begins with having a well-stocked pantry. If you're starting from scratch, this means spending some money. But in the long run, it will allow you to cook more with the small amount of fresh extras (like meat and produce) that you buy daily or weekly. Otherwise you will shop for each ingredient needed for a meal and run the risk of collecting duplicates (so what if fish sauce costs $2/bottle? You don't need three bottles of it!), or you are caught off-guard without having what you need. The best thing about having a well-stocked pantry is that you arm yourself with the tools you need to cook by feel, instead of always following a recipe. Here are lists we started a few Cures ago with recommended pantry staples geared toward savory cooking, baking/desserts, and vegetarians.
- Consider Your Equipment. During Week 2 you worked very hard to lighten the load your kitchen carries by selling or giving away kitchen tools and equipment. This week I invite you to consider what you might need in order to cook. Maybe you like to grill and it's as simple as a $5 silicone brush, or maybe you've been saving up for a KitchenAid 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've talked often about what a kitchen needs equipment-wise. Here's a post covering the always hot-topic of what basic tools your kitchen needs. You might already have it all.
- BONUS ROUND: Already restocked? Go for a special project. But what if you already restocked and reorganized? Don't twiddle your thumbs this week! Go the extra mile and do a bonus round: It's time for a special project. This will be a project that you want to do to improve your kitchen aesthetically. Maybe there's a piece of art you've wanted to have framed. Do it! Many people like to somehow alter their cabinets by switching out the knobs, stripping paint, changing paint color, or removing doors altogether. Maybe you could use some plants and you have a sunny window just waiting for greenery. If you need suggestions, ask your fellow Cure-takers, or submit a photo of your place and ask me what I think. Faith will show you some of her own special projects from this past year this coming week — a pantry renovation, a kitchen paint job. What about you? Even if it's as small as hanging a new tea towel or a shelf, this is your week to do it!
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