Cleaning the Oven That’s Never Been Cleaned (And Mostly Succeeding)Kitchen
Before horror (left) and after (right) — so much better, but the door is still gunky. Day 4 Task: Deep clean You know things are serious when it’s 10:30 at night and your oven is caked in baking soda, your oven racks are soaking in the bathtub, your tea kettle is bubbling with boiling water to pour over your stovetop grates, and your husband is on his hands and knees washing the floor with a sponge because you realized too late you didn’t have a mop in the house.
Dec 14, 2022
Granite, Wood & Stone – Oh My!Kitchen
Day 18 Task: Clean the Countertops, Backsplash, and Floor Things are starting to feel really great in my kitchen. The anxiety I originally had when opening a cupboard to find something in the pantry, or looking for a cleaning item, is now gone. The final clean for The Kitchn Cure comes down to the big picture things: the floors, countertops, and backsplash. Let’s do it. The first thing I did was break down all the surfaces into how they should be cleaned.
Sep 20, 2022
Starting a Dinner Party JournalKitchen
Day 10 Task: Plan a dinner party My experience doing The Kitchn Cure can be summed up this way: it made me finally do the things I’ve been wanting to do in my kitchen. Sometimes you just need a good kick in the pants to get going, you know? — something that stops the excuses and procrastinating and helps you get your ideas or plans off the ground.
Sep 20, 2022
Cooking By Feel: Baked PastasSkills
In this week’s Cure assignment, Cure-takers are planning a menu. All along I’ve been encouraging people to cook by feel a little more and use formal recipes a little less, so I hope these menus involve some cooking by feel. The way this is done is by arming oneself with skills, but you also need ideas. Here’s a great idea for making pasta: bake it. Baked pasta doesn’t need to conjure up memories of school cafeteria baked ziti.
May 12, 2022
Meal Planning 101: What Are Your Building Blocks?Kitchen
We are talking about meal planning during this week of the Kitchen Cure, and we started out with a look at sample seasonal menus. Seasonality is one thing to consider when building a meal, whether it is a quick supper for yourself or a sprawling weekend brunch for friends.But another aspect of meal planning is building blocks. Some of us think of our meal building blocks in a very traditional Western European way: meat, vegetable, starch, sweet.
May 12, 2022
Freezer Organization: Toss an Ice Tray or TwoKitchen
Week #1 assignment in the Kitchen Cure is to clean out your fridge and pantry. That includes the freezer, and we’re considering one way to make more space: eliminating two of those ice trays above.We’re betting many of you who live in apartments use ice trays. Old refrigerators (or, as in our case, brand new ones that don’t back up to a water source) don’t have automatic ice makers, so ice trays it is.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 18: Clean the Countertops, Backsplash, and FloorKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 18: Wednesday, September 3 Assignment: Clean the countertops and backsplash. Sweep and mop the floors. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure After three weeks of cleaning, decluttering, and (we imagine) still cooking in your kitchen, your kitchen floor is probably in desperate need of a good mopping. The same goes for the countertops.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 17: Clean the Trash CanKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 17: Tuesday, September 2 Assignment: Clean out trash can and wipe it down. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure I admit it — today’s assignment is a bummer. Why? Because cleaning the trash can is kind of gross. But you know what’s even grosser?
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 16: Clean and Organize the Under-Sink AreaKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 16: Monday, September 1 Assignment: Clean out the under-sink area and evaluate your cleaning tools. Throw out anything gross. Make a list of anything you need. Wash out the sink itself. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Over the last three weeks you’ve cleaned your appliances, decluttered and restocked the pantry, and wiped out all the cupboards.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 14: Clean Cupboards, Shelves, and DrawersKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 14: Thursday, August 28 Assignment: Clean cupboards, shelves, and drawers. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Now that we’ve cleared out a lot of the extraneous stuff hidden in our kitchen cabinets and drawers — duplicate tools, rarely-used gadgets, one too many holiday mugs — we’re ready to give those shelves, drawers, and cabinet fronts a good soapy scrubdown before putting everything away.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 13: Declutter Dishes, Glasses, Tools & GadgetsKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 13: Wednesday, August 27 Assignment: Declutter dishware, glassware, utensils, gadgets, and tools. Make a list of anything you need. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Do your cupboards runneth over? Is your utensil drawer starting to look like a survival of the fittest contest? Have you accumulated one too many kitchen gadgets?
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 12: Clean and Organize Your Pantry ShelvesKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 12: Tuesday, August 26 Assignment: Clean and organize your pantry shelves, or wherever you store food. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Yesterday you decluttered your pantry; now it’s time to wash the shelves and get rid of the grime, grease, dust, and that sticky spot from your honey jar that’s been there for months. We’re going to wipe off all storage containers, too, and organize things. Let’s go!
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 11: Declutter the PantryKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 11: Monday, August 25 Assignment: Declutter the pantry and make a donation box. Make a list of anything you’re missing or need. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Welcome to Week 3 of The Kitchn Cure! You’ve handled the big cleaning jobs with aplomb so far. Deep cleaning the oven, freezer, refrigerator, greasy stovetop, and all your small electric appliances is no small feat!
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 10: Buy That Pan or Small Appliance You NeedKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 10: Friday, August 22 Assignment: Buy that pan or small appliance you need. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Today we take a break from cleaning to do something fun: shop! If you really need a new pan or small appliance, now’s the time to get it. This is your reward for all the deep cleaning you did this week.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 4: Clear Out the FreezerKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 4: Thursday, August 14 Assignment: Clear out the freezer. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Your refrigerator is now in tip-top shape, so let’s move on to the freezer, shall we? Like the refrigerator task, we’re divvying up this task into two days. Today we’ll clear out, consolidate, and label everything in your freezer; tomorrow we’ll clean and organize it so you can easily find what you need!
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 3: Clean and Organize the RefrigeratorKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 3: Wednesday, August 13 Assignment: Deep clean the refrigerator. (See all the assignments so far here.) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Now that you’ve cleared out your refrigerator, it’s time to give it a thorough cleaning. Say farewell to the watery goop at the bottom of your crisper, the sticky mess at the back of the second shelf, the crumbs in the rubber door seal.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 2: Clear Out the RefrigeratorKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 2: Tuesday, August 12 Assignment: Clear out the refrigerator. (See all the assignments so far here.) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure How did Day 1 of The Kitchn Cure go for you? We started off light, but now the real work begins. Today is the first day of our two-day refrigerator task! Instead of tackling both a fridge clearing and deep clean in one day, we’re splitting the project into two parts.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 1: Make a List of What You Like and Dislike In Your KitchenKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 1: Monday, August 11 Assignment: Make a list of what you like and dislike about your kitchen. Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Welcome, everyone! Today is the first day of The Kitchn Cure, and we’re so happy you’ve decided to join us. Over the next four weeks we’re going to clean, organize, and beautify our kitchens from top to bottom. Are you ready?
May 12, 2022
Food Storage Containers: 7 Tips for Controlling ClutterKitchen
No matter how organized we are in the rest of the kitchen, food storage containers always seem to pose a threat to the order, with their varying shapes and sizes, orphaned parts, and frequent relegation to the darkest and lowest corners of our cupboards. Sound familiar? Here’s how to tame the clutter.• First, pull out all of your containers and lids and lay them on a counter or table.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 6: Evaluate Your Pots, Pans, and Small AppliancesKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 6: Monday, August 18 Assignment: Evaluate your pots, pans, and small appliances. Discard what you don’t need. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Welcome to Week 2 of The Kitchn Cure! We’re moving on from the fridge and freezer this week to focus on your other appliances, both big and small.
May 11, 2022
Condiments and Expiration Dates: Pantry Cleaning TipsKitchen
Are you deep into cleaning your pantry during this week of the Kitchen Cure? I confess that I haven’t started yet, but I have a lot of things to work on in my cupboards and pantry! I am looking forward to pushing through old spices, nearly-empty packages and greasy jars. Time to consolidate and clean!
May 11, 2022
One Big Kitchen Tool We Have… But Never UseKitchen
Which common kitchen utensil do you think it is? We actually have two (maybe three) of this space-hogging tool, and as we thought about de-cluttering this week, we realized we never, ever use it. We bet you have at least one in your utensil holder, too…There are even two of them in the picture above.It’s a ladle. And we’re pretty sure almost all of you have one. Ladles are a mainstay in any utensil set, and they seem like such a no-brainer. You make soup? You need a ladle.
May 11, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 9: Clean Your Small AppliancesKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 9: Thursday, August 21 Assignment: Clean your small appliances. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure This is the last cleaning assignment for this week, friends! You’ve really gotten down and dirty these last few days, but give it one more push today and all the major stuff will soon be behind you.
May 11, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 18: Cookbooks, Cooking Magazines, Art & Other EmbellishmentsKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 18: Organize cookbooks, magazines, and art. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments It’s a self-evident truth that despite a universal purpose and functionality, not all kitchens look the same. In some cases, not even remotely the same. Depending on your style, your kitchen might resemble a sleek laboratory or an IKEA catalog. Or maybe it’s closer to art gallery or a preschool classroom or a vintage jumble shop. No matter.
May 9, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 11: Taking the First Step to Making a Super Magical Power Pantry (That Will Always Be There for You)Kitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 11: Clear, clean, and organize your pantry. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Your kitchen pantry may seem quite ordinary — with its jars of lentils and tins of tomato sauce and sticky, half-forgotten bags of dried apricots — but the pantry is the place where much of our cooking magic originates. It is the power center of the kitchen, and because of this, it needs our love and attention.
May 9, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 7: Cleaning the Oven (the Hardcore Edition)Kitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 7: Take a hardcore approach to cleaning the oven. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Okay, no soft lead-ins today; no distracting honey pots and sunbeams, no philosophical pitter-patter. I’m taking us straight in because we’re about to tackle arguably the worst job in the kitchen: we’re going to clean the oven and we’re gonna clean it good. Don’t pause, don’t think — just grab my hand and jump!
May 9, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 6: A Kind and Considered Look at Our StuffKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 6: Take a kind and considered look at your stuff. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments We’re stepping into week 2 of the Cure with a more thoughtful meditation on our relationship to our kitchen gear. Usually this day is reserved for sorting through and organizing our pots, pans, and small appliances — and in the end, that’s exactly what we’ll have done.
May 9, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 5: Cleaning the Freezer (a Wholehearted Endeavor)Kitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 5: Give your freezer a good scrub. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments We took it easy yesterday, but today might be a bit more of a challenge as we take on giving our freezers a good scrub. How much of a challenge this is depends on how large and clean your freezer already is, and whether or not it needs defrosting.
May 9, 2022
Day 7: Special ProjectKitchen
Day 7: Tuesday, October 8 Assignment: Special project This is where it gets really fun: it’s Special Project time! Your special project is about improving the functionality of your space, with a slight eye toward the aesthetic. I’ve seen people repaint their kitchens, strip wallpaper, replace faucets, and create new systems for storing knives or compost.
May 5, 2022
The Coldest Parts of Your Refrigerator — And What to Keep in Them
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Don't store tall things in the back!
May 10, 2021
Tackling the Fridge and Freezer: Here I Go!Kitchen
Day 1 Task: Declutter and purge fridge and freezer, clean. So, this task made me cry. Was it the scary, scary cucumber I found at the bottom of the veggie drawer? The massive number of jars, some with dubious origins? Was it the nearly full bottle of expensive umeboshi plum vinegar silently mocking my failure to go macro or whatever that was? No. I cried because the last time I cleaned the fridge was the day my mom died.
Sep 30, 2020
Special Project: The Kid Gets in on The Kitchn CureKitchen
Day 7 Task: Special project I didn’t mean for it to happen. I was feeling guilty, because my special project wasn’t all that special, or difficult. I needed to deal with the cookbook situation. I have a thing for random cookbooks and that thing is getting ugly. And the spaces behind the cookbooks were getting really ugly, so it had to be done. But then something amazing happened: My youngest son got totally into the Cure, and I don’t mean the band.
Sep 30, 2020
On To the Pantry. What Is This Stuff?Kitchen
Day 2 Task: Declutter and clean pantry and food storage areas Who bought this stuff? It can’t have been me. Okay. Well. I think we all know it was me. Though my husband will have to claim a few things, jars of who-knows-what he got in gift baskets at work and stuck in there, never to see the light of day again. But it was pretty much me. By the way, the picture above is the “after” picture. Before was just too scary.
Sep 30, 2020
Day 4 of the Kitchn Cure, Deep Cleaning: Do I Have To?Kitchen
Day 4 Task: Deep clean. I have a confession: This task was not too scary, because we have a house cleaner once a week who takes care of a lot of deep cleaning type tasks, so our space doesn’t get too bad. The floors are clean, the baseboards dusted and the counters and backsplash polished on the regular. There are, however, a few scary spots, which I tackled with glee. (Hey, this is starting to get fun!) The worst place in my kitchen is under the sink.
Sep 30, 2020
Problem: Where To Put The Pet’s Bowls?Kitchen
For those with four-legged furry friends running around their home, there seems to be a unanimous problem — where do you put the pet bowls?! It seems like the answer should be easy: the floor, duh. But in reality, finding a bowl that looks attractive enough to sit out, plus learning not to kick it over during your daily routine, is a challenge.Before you can tackle the placement of your pet’s food and water dishes, you must first decide what’s best for them.
Jul 17, 2020
The Kitchn Cure Day 15: Restock Your Pantry & Buy Necessary ToolsKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 15: Friday, August 29 Assignment: Restock your pantry. Buy any tools, gadgets, or utensils you really need. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure We’re coming up on a long holiday weekend, which is a great time to catch up on The Kitchn Cure tasks if you need to. If you’re feeling on top of it, then your only task for today and this weekend is this: shop!
Jul 16, 2020
How To Control Plastic Container ClutterKitchen
People participating in our Fall Kitchen Cure are closing in on the final days of the process. If there’s one question we’ve seen again and again it’s how to deal with those pesky plastic containers. Stacey Platt, a professional organizer here in NYC, gave me some tips to share with you.Plastic food storage containers are a serious kitchen clutter culprit. Who isn’t guilty of hoarding far more than they actually ever use at once?
Sep 13, 2019
The Best Playlist for Dancing While Cleaning Your KitchenKitchen
We’re rolling on through The Kitchn Cure, 20 days (or four weekends) of assignments to get your kitchen clean, organized, well-stocked, and all round rocking. To get us through the last push, let’s rock out on this long weekend with a playlist designed to keep your toes tapping and your mop in motion. Here are 20 songs, from our readers’ suggestion and our own favorite playlists — all guaranteed to set you dancing as your kitchen gets cleaner.
Jul 30, 2019
The Kitchn Cure Day 19: Buy Something Nice For Your KitchenKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 19: Thursday, September 4 Assignment: Buy something nice for your kitchen! (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure You’ve worked hard the last few weeks, so now you deserve to buy something special for yourself and your kitchen. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive — just a little indulgence! Not sure what means? We have a few ideas: 1.
Jun 8, 2019
Clean Your Entire Kitchen in Just One Day This WeekendKitchen
Lots of people believe in spring cleaning, but I think it’s just as important to clean as you head into fall. Why? Because you’re phasing out the summer stuff (Popsicle molds, melamine dinnerware, etc.) and getting ready for a nesting period, during which you’re more likely to entertain at home, cook heartier meals, and generally be inside more — only to be annoyed by clutter and messes.
Jun 7, 2019
Kitchen Cure Week #1: Clean Out the Fridge and PantryKitchen
“There are no drawers and the shelves are surprisingly high, which is why not too much stuff is on the top shelves of my cabinets. It’s also why I didn’t bother opening the cabinets above the fridge, they are too high for me to reach! Through this cure, I’d like to get my kitchen organized better. I like to keep everything I use frequently to be within reach.
Jun 6, 2019
Reader Organization Tip: How To Store Cookie CuttersKitchen
Are you busy deep-cleaning and fixing up your kitchen this week? What small project have you tackled? Here’s one very small project that nevertheless can really make a difference in a small cupboard or drawer: organizing your cookie cutters. Cure-taker Carol shows us how she did it!Carol says: I wanted to share my solution for cookie cutters.
Jun 5, 2019
Kitchen Cure Success! A Gallery of ImprovementsKitchen
Our Kitchen Cure just wrapped up its final week, and we hope all of you who participated are luxuriating and feeling victorious in your freshly clean, freshly Cured kitchen. Here’s a look at a few particularly victorious readers — they sent us photos of some especially improved things in their kitchens.
Jun 4, 2019
Reader Gallery: Knife Storage SolutionsKitchen
Yesterday we asked you for your best knife storage solutions. Where do you store your knives? Do you hang them on the wall? Throw them in a drawer? Well, several of you responded, and here’s a look at some of your favorite knife-keeping products, as well as real-life photos of where you store your knives. If you’d like to show us your knives too, just send us a photo and we’ll add it to this gallery.
Jun 4, 2019
Tips and Tricks: How to Avoid Wasting FoodSkills
If you’re participating in the Kitchn Cure, you probably tossed a fair amount of outdated, spoiled, and just not useful food this week. Every time we clean out the fridge, we’re filled with agita at all the food we waste. Cooking for two people with busy schedules means that plans change unexpectedly, and that head of lettuce you bought two weeks ago is just not going to wait.
May 3, 2019
Good Cure Question: What Are Processed Foods?Kitchen
Last Thursday I gave a controversial assignment as part of Week Two of The Kitchn Cure: I asked you to pitch your processed foods.And the questions started rolling in about what, exactly, processed foods are?Processed food is basically food that has been changed from its natural state for the sake of shelf life and safety, or for the sake of convenience.
May 3, 2019
Kitchn Cure: What Every Pantry Needs: SavoryKitchen
With a well-stocked pantry, you’ll not only be prepared to cook a wide range of dishes, you’ll save time and money in the long run, because by getting accustomed to your personal set of supplies, you’ll develop your own style, and you will not have to go out to the store and buy every single ingredient in a dish when it’s time for dinner. In the Kitchn Cure, I’m starting to try to impart some techniques for cooking more by instinct than by recipe.
May 3, 2019
Solving the Pot Lid Problem: The Space Above the Pot RackKitchen
When we launched the Kitchen Cure, we asked people to tell us about the problems they had with their kitchens. One issue that came up many times was the problem of where to store pot lids.Faith and I have two different solutions. Mine isn’t perfect by any means, but for me it solves the problem and gets those clanky lids out of my way.I keep my pots on a hanging pot rack, and my lids on top of the rack.
May 3, 2019
What Every Pantry Needs: SavoryKitchen
(Here’s a post from last year’s cure that I’ve updated. We’ll keep this one alive with each and every Cure, taking into account your suggestions.)Beginning next week in the Kitchn Cure, I’m going to start giving techniques for cooking by instinct rather than by recipe. In most places in the world, spring is a great time of year to try this style of free-hand cooking because inspiring ingredients, produce in particular, are bountiful.
May 2, 2019
Best Jars to Organize Your PantryKitchen
Those who are participating in The Kitchen Cure know that Week Three’s Assignment has you stocking the kitchen. This is a nice opportunity to stream-line your cabinets by replacing some of that ugly, clunky packaging with jars.I love storing our food this way because I get a good seal and I can see what’s inside.
May 2, 2019
What Is the Best Way To Store Olive Oil? Good Cure QuestionsKitchen
Q:What’s your opinion? — AnnaEditor: Anna, when it comes to storing olive oil we like to quote Nadim Beyrouti of Oliviera in Nice, France. He says that there are three enemies of good olive oil: Light, heat, and hungry friends!We don’t mind sharing our good oil with the third enemy, but we’re careful to keep oil away from the first two. But we also buy our oil in large, economical tins.
May 2, 2019
How Many Cookbooks is Too Many?Kitchen
I’m a busy working college student so this is what happens. I have made the best of my “kitchenette” but it is definitely in need the cure. (aubreylane in Santa Cruz, CA)One thing that keeps popping up in the Kitchen Cure submissions is concerns over cookbook storage and the question of how many is too many. First, let’s get a sense of how many cookbooks you have lurking on your shelves.
May 2, 2019
Downsized Kitchens: 3 Space-Saving Measuring ToolsKitchen
Cupboard and drawers are prime real estate in small kitchens. We’re always looking for ways to pare down and cut back, especially this week as we tackle cupboard clutter in Week 2 of the Kitchen Cure. If you need to clear some space, these measuring scoops and spoons might be exactly what you’re looking for.• Collapsible Measuring Cups and Spoons, $19.
May 2, 2019
Eyesore to Storage: Hall Closet Converted Into a PantryKitchen
During this week of the Kitchen Cure we are encouraging all the Cure-takers to restock their kitchens, but also to take on one small kitchen project. From hanging a shelf to painting a wall, this is just a project that will beautify and improve your kitchen. So I am sharing a few projects I did in my own kitchen this past year. The first: Converting a dingy, shallow hall closet into a bright and useful pantry.I live in a hundred-year-old house, and it has its charm.
May 2, 2019
Dark to Bright: On Painting the KitchenKitchen
During these last two weeks of the Kitchen Cure we are encouraging you to think about doing some sort of project in your kitchen. Hang a shelf, or a picture, or replace a worn-out appliance. Here’s one example of a major project I did in my kitchen this past winter: A fresh paint job! Painting the kitchen is definitely a messy, time-consuming project, but with a little organization it can go by fast, and the results can be so rewarding.
May 2, 2019
Before & After: Kitchen Breakfast Nook MakeoverKitchen
This week I have been showing the special projects I did in my rental kitchen this past year to make it a little more beautiful and functional. I transformed a dark closet into a pantry, and I lightened up the kitchen itself with a good old-fashioned paint job. Now comes the last project, and the one I’m proudest of: A breakfast nook makeover. From dingy camper-style to my favorite spot in the house… read on to see what we did!
May 2, 2019
Day 6: Consider Appliances, Gadgets and ToolsTools
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.
May 2, 2019
Restocking and Destocking: My Kitchn CureKitchen
Day 5 Task: Restock ingredients I needed more destocking than restocking. Judging from the mess in my fridge, freezer and pantry, I had everything I needed. It was time to use it! But all that shiny, empty space was tempting, so I did add a few things. The first thing I did was take stock of my stock (ha!). I was down to one container and I had a bag of duck bones and onions in the freezer, so I knew what I had to do. I even managed to use a few more things in the fridge that needed to go away.
May 2, 2019
The Whole Spices I Stock In My PantryKitchen
Day 5 Task: Restock ingredients I knew what I wanted to do for this task right from the start. Since moving, my mortar and pestle has sat, unused and sad-looking, on my pantry shelf. Well, ok. If I’m being totally honest, it sat, unused and sad-looking, in my old apartment, too. I know that freshly ground spices are on a totally different planet than their pre-ground counterparts.
May 2, 2019
Cool Forgotten Items Unearthed by The Kitchn CureKitchen
Day 6 Task: Consider appliances, gadgets and tools. Y’all! We have crossed the halfway line of The Kitchn Cure! Doesn’t it feel great? The Cure has been all about streamlining for me. I don’t need more, I need less, so I can find and use what I have. As I went through my appliances, gadgets and tools, I found at least one really cool thing I had forgotten, and I’ll be using it regularly.
May 2, 2019
A Few Things I’ve Done To Make Life Easier in the KitchenKitchen
There’s nothing I hate more than something that doesn’t work well, and I’ve definitely been tormented by plastic wrap. Who hasn’t? (Well, maybe a lot of people, but I’m not one of them.) The Kitchn Cure has me really looking at what’s inconvenient about my kitchen, and how I can change it. As you may have noticed, I’m pretty excited about my new ChicWrap dispenser. This stuff really works! And the zip cutter on top of the box is genius.
May 2, 2019
When You Can’t Keep Succulents Alive, Should You Really Be Keeping Plants?Kitchen
Day 8 Task: Bring fresh flowers or a plant into the kitchen Who can’t keep succulents alive, you ask? That would be me. But they’re the easiest plants to take care of! Yes, so I’ve been told. Like, seriously. So easy! I get it. Really, they require almost no water! OK STOP. I don’t know what it is, but I have terrible luck with plants.
May 2, 2019
Get Ready for The Kitchn Cure! Essential Cleaning Products & ToolsKitchen
There’s nothing more disappointing than getting all geared up to clean out your kitchen, only to find that you don’t have the proper cleaning supplies and have to run out to get them! Having everything on hand will put you in the right frame of mind to focus on the tasks ahead. If you’re joining us on next week’s Kitchn Cure, stock up on these essential supplies so that you’re prepared and ready to go!
May 2, 2019
The Kitchn Cure Day 8: Clean Your Stovetop and Range HoodKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 8: Wednesday, August 20 Assignment: Clean your stovetop and range hood. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure If you cook every day, your stovetop inevitably gets dirty. Spills and splatters are a natural part of cooking. You may be in the habit of doing a quick wipedown after every use, but sometimes you just need to dig in and give the whole stovetop a thorough cleaning.
May 2, 2019
What Is That Weird Stuff at the Bottom of My Fridge?Kitchen
Day 3 Task: Clean and Organize the Refrigerator Yesterday I threw out all the expired, questionable, or otherwise unappetizing things in my fridge. Today I got down into the dirty, dark side of the two-day fridge task for The Kitchn Cure: the actual cleaning and organizing. With a few cleaning supplies on hand, an easy cleaning guide, and the will to succeed, this task went a lot faster than I anticipated.
May 2, 2019
The Dish Soap Dispenser of My DreamsKitchen
Day 19 Task: Buy Something Nice For Your Kitchen Now that you have a totally clean kitchen, it’s time to treat yo’ self to something pretty. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive — just a little something that will add some beauty to your kitchen and make you want to be there that much more. My personal criteria for the assignment was to purchase something small, useful, and permanent. No flowers or good-smelling spray that I don’t really need.
May 1, 2019
Day 9: Cook Yourself a MealKitchen
Day 9: Thursday, October 10 Assignment: Cook yourself a meal The penultimate assignment in The Kitchn Cure is always to cook yourself a simple meal. This isn’t your big graduation brouhaha; this is a simple meal you are to cook yourself right away. As in tonight. Your kitchen is clean, you have no nasty old food in your fridge or pantry, you have all the right tools and you even have some fresh flowers or a plant inspiring you to nourish yourself. What’s stopping you? I get it.
Apr 27, 2019
The Kitchn Cure Day 20: A Return to a Sit and a ListKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 20: Have a sit and make a list. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Why, hello! Here we are on the final day of the Cure. Congratulations! I hope your Cure has been beneficial; bringing you closer to, and more happy with, your kitchen. At the very least it is cleaner, and cleaner — while not everything — is a good place to start. Before we end, let’s come full circle and spend a final, quiet moment in our kitchen.
Oct 2, 2015