Garbage Bowls: Why We Love This Underappreciated Kitchen Tool

updated May 2, 2019
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Rachael Ray didn’t invent it, but she did give a memorable name and widespread popularity to one of the kitchen tools I can’t cook without: the garbage bowl. Let’s take a moment to appreciate this humble workhorse of the kitchen.

Garbage bowls do not have to be

special bowls sold under the Rachael Ray brand

Perhaps I am being overly dramatic. But I doubt it.

Garbage bowls save you from needless trips to the garbage can or compost bin. They also help you to clean as you go and keep precious counter space clear. Perhaps most importantly, they keep you organized as you cook, separating the ingredients to be used from the scraps to be tossed or composted. To me, they are as essential a tool as knives and cutting boards, but — poor garbage bowls — rarely get the same attention.

So today let’s give a cheer for garbage bowls! They deserve it.