What's In Your Kitchen Junk Drawer?

Do you have a kitchen "junk" drawer? You know, one where the little odds and ends of your household end up? I do, but I feel that "junk" is something of a misnomer for this catch-all drawer. Here are a few things that I feel helpful to have around in my "junk" drawer.

First of all, my junk drawer does need a good cleaning! It has all these receipts I need to save, but they definitely shouldn't be in there!

Other than those receipts, though, this is a valuable drawer with a few things in it that don't fit elsewhere. Here are the things I like to keep around in this catch-all drawer:

Lighter - For candles on the dinner table and in the kitchen. (And for the gas stove, occasionally!)
Pens - For making lists and marking up recipes I test.
Rubber bands - Saved from produce bunches and used to close up open bags.
Cut flower food - I always seem to have extra packets of flower food, which I save to use in fresh replacement water for older bunches of flowers.
Scissors - Where would a kitchen be without scissors? I use these constantly.

What do you have in your "junk" drawer, and does it need a good clearing-out? How can you make it more useful for your kitchen?

Related: Survey: Do You Have a Kitchen Junk Drawer?

(Image: Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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