Clear your kitchen!
Last week we looked at food and I hope that your cupboards and fridge are looking tip top. This is our middle week of Kitchen Komono and during it, we will be focusing on the things that we use to cook with. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
Remember the Rules:
Work in Categories
Start by removing all of your cooking implements out of their usual storage space and lay them out in categories. If this is too overwhelming, you can do smaller categories at a time, but do make sure that you find all the items in a category.
Frying pans, saucepans, implements, knives, cake tins, small electrical equipment like toasters, slow cookers all come into this category. Take a good look at each category and only keep the items that Spark Joy, ensuring that you handle each item. Remember that you can usually borrow items from friends and family if you suddenly find yourself feeding the five thousand.
The finished result will look different for everyone. In my household, we’re a larger family and we cook almost every meal from scratch, so we have quite a lot of equipment; particularly things for baking, which is something that my husband really enjoys doing. I would be happier with a fraction of the tins and trays that he has, but they Spark Joy for him, so they stay. However, that’s not to say that we’re overwhelmed with equipment. For example, we get by very easily with 3 saucepans, two frying pans and a wok. I use my trusty casserole dish for so many things.
We don’t have much electrical equipment. We have a microwave, kettle, toaster, and a Thermomix (ok, we actually have two Thermomixes!) but that is it. The Thermomixes do the jobs of food processer, hand mixer, bread maker, ice cream maker, steamer, rice cooker and pretty much everything else.
As usual, at this point, don’t worry too much about the end result for storage, but I will say that as far as possible, try to keep your work surface clear and uncluttered. It makes a huge difference to being able to cook in comfort and clean up easily afterwards.
Store like with like; keep your sharp knives together, your tins together and your baking equipment together. Over the years, we’ve gathered together things that stack neatly inside one another which is also useful for storage. I use a rack to store my trays vertically as it is easier than pulling them out from under each other. I also use racks to help make stacking space on shelves.
I hope that this has given you some helpful tips for getting your bakeware under control!