Actually, the first thing that came to mind was using scoops in place of prep bowls. The scoops we're thinking of have a flat bottom that would make it easy to scoop up all the stray ingredients from the cutting board and transfer them to the cooking pot.
We could also use scoops for our own bulk storage. A lot of times, it would be easier and less messy to measure things like flour or rice from a scoop instead of reaching down into our storage container with a measuring cup. Scoops are also a handy tool for grabbing ice out of the freezer drawer or getting a handful of granola from its container for a snack.
Here are a few sources for scoops:
• Cast Aluminum Scoops from Sur la Table, $2.50 - $4.50 - These have the flat bottoms we're thinking of, though we'd idealy like larger sizes
• Aluminum Scoops from Sur la Table, $5.95 - $7.95 - These are larger, but have a rounded bottom
• Clear Plastic Scoops from KitchenWorks, $1.59 - Plastic is a little less aesthetically pleasing than metal, but it's lighter and might be easier to use.
• Aluminum and Plastic Scoops from Chef Depot, $7.99 - $35.99 - Lots of sizes to choose from! (Scroll to the bottom of the page)
Do you think these could be a useful kitchen tool?
(Image: Garrett Wade)