What I Saved and What I Tossed: Pots, Pans, and Small Appliances

What I Saved and What I Tossed: Pots, Pans, and Small Appliances

Ariel Knutson
Aug 18, 2014
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Day 6 Task: Evaluate Your Pots, Pans, and Small Appliances

Today's Kitchn Cure assignment was a tough one for me. I have a hard time throwing things away (thanks, Mom). What if I end up needing that one thing I tossed out months down the line? What if someone gave me something and I get rid of it and then they ask me about it? Ugh, so awkward. But it's time to face the harsh facts of cleaning and organizing your kitchen. I'm ready for it — are you?

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The first thing I did was to take out all of my pots, pans, and small appliances and see what I actually had. I then wrote everything down and starred the things I actually use on a regular basis. Two stars mean I use it a lot and one star means I use it a fair amount. Zero stars means I haven't used it in the last month.

Here are my pots, pans, and bakeware

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  • 5.5 Quart Dutch Oven (purple)**
  • 3 Quart Dutch Oven (red)**
  • 2 1.5 Quart Metal Pots**
  • 1 Cast Iron Skillet**
  • 3 Copper Pans**
  • 1 Egg Pan
  • 1 Large Non-Stick Pan*
  • 1 Small Non-Stick Pan
  • 1 Wok**
  • 1 Braiser (yellow)**
  • 1 Rectangular Baking Dish*
  • 1 Square Baking Dish*
  • 1 Gratin
  • 1 Giant Metal Pot (for beer making)*
  • 1 Ramekin

I don't use my non-stick nearly as much as my copper pans or cast iron skillet. My boyfriend is really into using the wok right now, and I frequently use the braiser. The two Dutch ovens and metal bowls are used all the time.

Here are my small appliances and miscellaneous items

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  • KitchenAid stand mixer *
  • Food Processor **
  • Nespresso Coffee Maker * (new)
  • Rice Cooker **
  • Immersion blender **
  • Coffee Grinder **
  • Steam Basket
  • Pizza Board
  • Grilling Spatula
  • 3 Rolling Pins
  • Small Blender
  • 2 Metal Pie Dishes
  • 1 Glass Pie Dish
  • 2 Small Spring Pans
  • A dozen mixing and mise bowls **

I don't use my baking supplies a lot, but I still consider them essential. You never know when the urge to bake a pie will strike. I have never once used the grilling spatula that says "Boston Celtics" on it, but it was a gift to my boyfriend from his family so we can't get rid of it (just yet).

Here is what I decided to get rid of

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  • 2 small non-stick pans
  • Steamer basket
  • Butter melter (?)
  • Small blender

Fine, it might not seem like a lot, but getting rid of these items from my kitchen will create more space and reduce anxiety from not using the items. As I said, I use most of the pots, pans, and small appliances that I own (besides the baking dishes), so this seems like a good start.

The hardest things to part with were the steamer basket (a gift after I graduated college) and the smoothie maker. I would like to think I enjoy steamed vegetables and making small smoothies every day, but I haven't used either in the past year. Goodbye, old friends.

Did I make a mistake? Would you have tossed something different? Or kept one of the items I decided to donate?

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