The utensils seem to be one of the most frustrating categories in the kitchen – so much little stuff~ Add in a Pampered Chef party or two, and you have cantaloupe spoons and shrimp deveiners coming out of your ears! So off we go!
Day 15 ~ Kitchen Utensils
A little bit of tough love on the utensils. Most people seem really hesitant to rid themselves of utensils – they just seem so darn useful! And they can be – IF they fit into your current style of cooking. But almost all of us have utensils that simply made their way into our house and haven’t been used in years. That shrimp deveiner, the melon baller, the stainless steel ‘soap bar’ that eliminates the onion smell from your hands.
If you don’t purge your utensils, you’re getting frustrated, wasting time, digging in a drawer past things you never use to find what you do use. What’s the good in that??
Step 1: Pull all of them out of that drawer.
Step 2: Put aside any utensils you don’t use often enough (to be determined by your comfort level).
Step 3: Wipe out the drawer.
Step 4: Use dividers if you’d like, even old checkbook boxes work well for this, and put back only the ‘keepers’.
Step 5: If there is a category that you want to keep, but don’t use often, consider finding them a different home. For example, I rarely bake outside of the holiday season. So that baking utensils don’t get in my way the rest of the year, I keep them in a clear shoebox on the top shelf of my pantry beside the baking ingredients like flour, baking powder, etc.