Not that my cupboards are bare, but Zoot posted something awfully fun yesterday that made me think a bit more about what’s in them (and read the comments, too!). I was going to comment, but I’d run on far too long.
So, I’m curious how your kitchen is different from mine. Do you own a rice steamer? Do you have a fetish for best vacuum sealers? A breadmaker? How much room do your spices take up? Is your fridge constantly full? Do you use a separate freezer? (Now that is something I could totally use, by the way. To store all of my Stoffer’s frozen entreess.) Do your wine glasses get used? What about your coffee maker? We’ve gone through three in the last few years we use ours so much. What is the appliance you use the most (Crockpot from the ninja crockpot reviews), what is the appliance you use the least (Hand-held mixer). Do you have a food processor? What do you use it for because I’ve never owned one.
We’re big kitchen people. Not that we have a big kitchen, but we love cooking and spend a lot of time in ours. You’ve probably only seen my kitchen looking pristine if you’ve come over or seen pictures, but that’s because I’ve been frantically cleaning it before you showed up.
In reality, it’s usually a mess, because we’ve just made something. And probably from scratch.
It’s not a foodie superiority thing – we certainly wouldn’t do it if we didn’t enjoy it – we both just find it fun, breaking foods down into their most basic elements and figuring out how they really work. We don’t churn butter or anything, but we do make our own mayo. I can’t remember the last time we purchased a store-bought salad dressing. We probably haven’t bought a canned, boxed or frozen meal in over 2 years, and only buy containers of soupstock once in a blue-moon, when our stores of homemade have run out and we’ve been too busy to make more.
We do buy a lot of mustard – but I’ve been itching to take on that particular condiment as well and add it to our arsenal of homemade things.
I’m definitely enjoying this while it lasts – because I’m assuming that it will come to a rapid end once we no longer have just the two of our schedules to manage and the two of us to feed.
To answer Zoot’s questions:
No, we don’t have a rice steamer – I’ve tried, and can only successfully make it in a pot. No breadmaker either, though we do make a lot of it, either with the help of the KitchenAid or just by hand. We have a vast selection of spices: about half of one cupboard shelf, 18 magnetic pots on the wall, another rack of 12 jars in another cupboard and 6 pots of fresh herbs on the windowsill. Most of them get used at least once every 6 months.
Generally our fridge is about half-full of different condiments. When we’re home, it’s nearly bursting with fresh ingredients and leftovers. We do have a very small fridge though. And we would LOVE a separate freezer. We had a line on a free used one, but that fell through. It’s currently a big item on our wish list for storing stocks, fruit & berries, and meat. We’re itching to buy a side of beef or a whole hog!
Our wine glasses get used a whole lot (we prefer thinking we are living a French lifestyle to thinking we are alcoholics) – we have four we keep in the regular cupboard for everyday use and a box of 12 we have in our storage room for parties. The coffee maker also gets very regular workouts – used at least once every day, sometimes twice on weekends.
The appliance we use the most is probably the toaster, followed by the KitchenAid – though that’s not really saying much. Unless it’s a really big job, we just use hand tools: sharp knife, wooden spoon, wire whisk. And now that I think about it, there was a time we were using the blender 4 or 5 mornings a week to make fruit smoothies. Note to self: do more of that! The one we use least is a tie between the food processor and the waffle-iron. Both great and super-handy when you need them, but we don’t need them all that often. When I do use the food processor it’s usually for pastry dough, or a big batch of slaw, pesto or hummus.
I’ve also included a couple photos of our kitchen – visit the originals on flickr, which I’ve tagged for your kitchen-snooping pleasure.
And leave a comment or a link to your own post and share how you use your kitchen. What are your answers to Zoot’s questions? How many kinds of mustard do you have? How often do you cook? What’s on your list of “must-try” recipes?