Over on Unclutterer today, we’ve been talking about ways to reduce clutter by doing things like substituting multitaskers for unitaskers. Similar to the book Eat This, Not That, a reader wondered if we had guidelines for what to keep and what to toss.
This is especially easy to do in the kitchen, where unitaskers reign supreme, and I thought it would be fun to do a kitchen-specific round here on SimpliFried. It’s meant as part real suggestion and part fun, so don’t worry too much if you have some of the items in the “not” category. Own This, Not That:
- From Unclutterer — Own a sharp chef’s knife and take a knife skills class, not a Slap Chop, Watermelon Knife, Pineapple Slicer, Mayo Knife, Bananza Banana Slicer, the banana shaped Banana Slicer, Garlic Zoom, etc.
- Reader Celeste suggested — Own a measuring cup that’s a graduated tube with a plunger, not nested cups. The adjustable cup works great on sticky or oily ingredients because it empties it all out, you can use it to form crabcakes or other kinds of patties, and you can use it as a cookie cutter.
- Similar to the previous item — Own a decent size beaker for measuring liquids, not a small liquid measuring cup that only holds a cup. Also, own a mini adjustable tube with plunger for measuring teaspoons and tablespoons, not a collection of nesting spoons.
- Own cast iron or solid stainless steel pots and pans that can easily go from stovetop to oven, not cookware that requires you to dirty multiple items to make the same transition.
- Own sporks, not spoons and forks. (Just kidding!)
What suggestions would you make for this list? Share your serious and fun ideas in the comments.