Monday, February 24, 2014

10 Most Useful Things in My Kitchen

To be totally honest with you guys, the most useful thing in my kitchen is actually my refrigerator, but I had some difficulty convincing it to sit pretty while I took its picture so today's list is really the 10 Most Cooperative Things in My Kitchen in No Particular Order. (I may have had to rufie the measuring glass to get him to do what I wanted, but I won't say anything about that if you won't.)

1. Flour and Sugar Tubs

If you have been scooping your flour straight out of the paper bag, you are a caveman who needs to get some manners or be eaten by a dinosaur already. Join civilization and buy some big bins for your baking necessities. These ones are put out by Rubbermaid (translation: they are freaking awesome and will last until the end of time) and cost about $10 at Walmart. The big ones hold an entire 5lb bag of flour or sugar and the smaller one is perfect for bags of brown sugar or powdered sugar.

2. Mini Bowls

I lurve mini bowls. Mini bowls deliver some of the most tasty foods known to man. Tasty foods like ice cream and chocolate chips and buttermilk. They are also excellent for melting butter and mixing fake eggs. The best part? They're dirt cheap. I bought a four pack of the green ones on clearance at Target and the glass ones were fifty cents each at the dollar store. Score!

3. Food Scale

I bought my food scale a couple of years ago when I went on a diet. Its usefulness has since earned it a permanent home on the countertop, right next to the stove, and it is used almost every day. It has measured everything from dry pasta to ground beef to mail and even after a few years is no worse for wear. I got mine at Target for $5 and it stacks inside itself to be a very small store-able package.

4. Paring Knife

Arguably the most useful of the knives. You can use it for peeling potatoes, slicing onions, and--my favorite--cutting the cheese. If I could only have one knife, this would be the one. Except not this one. I'd choose the badass Cutco one that was feeling a little camera shy.

5. Measuring Glass

This sucker is awesome. It measures in teaspoons, tablespoons, ounces, and milliliters. It lives next to my liquor bottles because I don't trust myself to count out shots when inebriated.

6. Brita Pitcher

I live in the country. Except that I live in this suburb outside of a suburb outside of a suburb of the Metro Area surrounded by country. Drive fifteen minutes in any direction and you're in the boonies, but somehow, instead of nice fresh country water that might have a little cow urine in it from time to time, the water that comes out of my taps is actually toxic waste masquerading as H2O. Not kidding. Some days you turn on the sink and smell chlorine, and other days you fill up a glass of water and it turns cloudy white. So a Brita is kind of essential. My roommate and I have two--one in the fridge for drinking and one on the counter for cooking. I highly recommend Brita, but when you go shopping, stay the hell away from the Oceania model. It will pee on your counter, no matter how much electroshock therapy you try.

7. Iced Tea Pitcher

Also made by Rubbermaid, also freaking awesome, also will last until the end of time, and also red. You might not think you need one, but trust me, you need one. Not only is it an excellent iced tea storage facility, but it comes in handy when watering plants or washing your hair when your shower head decides to fall off and hit you in the head and spray a solid jet of water straight into your face. This even has this super-snazzy ice/fruit/random clump strainer thing in the lid. I got mine at Walmart for $5.

8. Strainer

I don't care who you are, I don't care where you live, and I don't care what you're doing. If you don't have one of these, you need to go out and buy one right now. No, seriously, right now. You should not be reading this, you should be buying a strainer, okay? This beautiful device is God's gift to kitchens. It can be used for straining spaghetti, draining things that come in scary can juice, and sifting flour. Did you buy one yet? No? Go! Now!

9. Spaghetti Jar

There is a slight chance I may have a mild addiction to spaghetti. Maybe. As such, I find it necessary to keep my spaghetti on display where I can access it easily should the urge strike to make a delicious bowl of happiness. This particular jar is an airtight Click Clack  canister from the Container Store. It's much more glamorous (and less likely to catch on fire) than keeping a cardboard box of pasta next to the stove.

10. Scissors

If you don't have scissors in your kitchen you must not have found your kitchen yet. Every kitchen needs scissors. If you keep scissors in your kitchen I guarantee you will use them about a million times a day. If you're an elitist buttmunch about kitchen scissors, feel free to buy these. Otherwise, go to the dollar store and buy a pair of crappy scissors you won't be mad about replacing when somebody uses them to cut through the zipties they put around the coffee table legs "for fun."

That's it for my Top 10 List of the Most Useful Things in My Kitchen. What are the most useful things in your kitchen? Tell me in the comments!

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