Choose to Reuse!: Earthwise Bags

October 22nd, 2018 Posted in Kitchen, Organization | No Comments »

Several months ago I purchased a few reusable mesh produce sacks with drawstring cords from my local supermarket.  They are made by Earthwise Bags.  I am pleased to find that these bags have been doing a great job keeping my produce neatly separated in each of my fridge drawers.  When I first began keeping house, I didn’t quite understand that the plastic produce bags encouraged rot by trapping in moisture despite the unsealed tops.  They have been handy in temporarily storing onions, any fragile type of vegetables like broccoli florets, cilantro, cauliflower florets and keeping them all neatly contained.  I also love to organize groups of the same fruit in these bags.  On the packaging, it suggests that you can wash your produce prettily easily in them, although I haven’t tried this.  I normally rinse out the mesh bags under running water and leave them on the dish rack to dry, though the packaging states they are also machine washable.  I wonder if one can use them to spin water out of rinsed salad greens?  They are very handy to have and I’m glad I gave them a chance.

*Photo Credit: Earthwise Bags

My Kitchen Necessities

September 6th, 2011 Posted in Cool Gadgets, Culinary, Home & Garden, Organization | No Comments »

Just a list of some kitchen necessities I cannot do without.  It really depends on how often you cook and what you like to cook; you may not need all these items.  This is simply food for thought…

  • slow-cooker
  • rice cooker or a small pot will do
  • electric kettle
  • rotating spice rack (if you work heavily with spices like me)
  • cooking set (non-stick and cast irons are great to have)
  • mortar & pestle
  • knife set (love Henckels)
  • kitchen shears
  • toaster oven
  • microwave oven
  • baking pans (including assorted shapes)
  • pyrex baking dishes (small & large)
  • roasting pan
  • pyrex measuring cups (love that they are see-through).  1 cup & 2 cups are very handy to have.
  • baking sheet
  • aluminum foil
  • seran wrap
  • wax paper
  • baking parchment
  • kitchen twine (for baking)
  • cheese cloth
  • casserole dish (corningware)
  • muffin & cupcake pan and wrappers/liners
  • colander (small & large)
  • wooden spoons & plastic cooking utensils (metal ones tend to damage pans)
  • stainless steel tongs
  • soup ladel
  • grater & zester
  • melamine mixing bowls (assorted sizes; they are lighter weight than glass ones)
  • countertop blender
  • hand-held mixer
  • dish rack
  • dishwashing sponges (plastic sponges for e.g. cast iron pans & O-Cel-O Scrub & Wipe Pads for everything else.  Love O-Cel-O; so sturdy for all the abuse they take!)
  • lighter
  • twistie ties & rubber bands
  • Dishwashing detergent e.g. Dawn (best I ever used to cut grease)
  • tupperware with lids (assorted sizes & shapes)
  • trivets
  • oven mitts
  • absorbent kitchen towels
  • bread/cake cloche with plate
  • stainless steel measuring spoons
  • can opener
  • baster
  • apple corer
  • candy & meat thermometer
  • ceramic or plastic wide-mouth jars/containers (for cookies, rice, etc.)
  • plastic & wooden cutting boards

So now I’m wondering what are your kitchen necessities?  Please do tell…

*Photocredit: O-Cel-O

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep in Mind Lovely Soaps & Such for Your Kitchen…

July 24th, 2010 Posted in Kitchen, Toiletries | No Comments »

My recent trip to the NY Botanical Garden’s bookstore led me to a luscious table laden with prettily packaged kitchen and garden soaps by Horto Botanico with the most delicious scents.  As much as one’s pantry needs to be well-stocked with food and drink, so too are soaps and the like as important.  The kitchen is very much a second home to me in that I can be found here most evenings so I’m beginning to think of this room a bit differently and wanting to put in nice little touches (no different than a bedroom or an office).  The kitchen is a room most lived-in, well-loved, and may I dare say the heart of many homes so the choices we make in decor and detail should reflect this.

*Photocredit: NY Botanical Garden Store