It's been a few years now since I graduated from culinary school, and not everything I learned has stuck. How exactly do you truss a chicken again? That's what the internet is for! But there are a couple things that have become second-nature in the last few years that I owe to this not-so-cheap program I attended: Knife skills are probably the most important lesson I use today, but second is definitely the right way to keep a cooking workspace.
I am a messy cook by nature, but keeping a scrap bowl and mise bowls nearby while I prep dinner has made me less stressed in the kitchen. Before I start actually cooking anything, I prep all my ingredients and put them into individual bowls so everything is neat and prepared. Cooking becomes a "dump-and-stir" situation (for the most part).
Sure, this does require a little more time in the kitchen — and yes, it definitely means more dishes to clean — but it is 100 percent worth it to me to not be stressed in the kitchen.
This is why my most prized possessions in the kitchen are these $2 metal bowls from IKEA. I have the BLANDA BLANK bowls in a few sizes, but the smaller ones I use for mise bowls. I use them every single time I cook; they are easy to clean and they look pretty decent. In fact, recently when I was cooking with a friend at my apartment, she asked me where I got the bowls: They're so nice! she exclaimed. Needless to say, she was pretty shocked to learn they were an IKEA product.
Check them out: BLANDA BLANK, $2 on IKEA
It should be noted that this summer it was discovered that if you leave these bowls in the sun they could potentially catch on fire. So far only one person has reported this claim (with a video!), and the risk of this happening is very low. Maybe just don't leave them out in direct sunlight to be ultra safe?
Have you used these bowls in your kitchen? Do you love them? Let us know in the comments!