Cleaning Out the Kitchen: A Tale of Trauma, Woe, & Indecision

Okay, so maybe I’m being a little melodramatic.  But moving from a kitchen with seven drawers into a kitchen with three drawers is a more than a little terrifying.  There is literally not enough room for all my beloved gadgets and utensils.

In frustration, I called my Moomer yesterday. (As a side note, any mother who can help clean out a kitchen long-distance is indeed a Super-Moomer.)  Here’s what we decided should go:

  • One set of vintage Tupperware measuring cups. We determined that three sets of measuring cups was quite enough for any normal human being.  The fourth set is departing.
  • The fondue pot that I bought for $2 change at a yard sale, brand new. It remains brand new. Moomer observed that when she made fondue the other night, she didn’t even bother to dig out her fondue pot. So any possible excuse for keeping mine has just been eliminated.
  • An extra 2 1/2-quart Revere Ware. I really, truly love my Revere Ware pans. They’re perfect, totally reliable, and were a bargain at yard sales. But three 2 1/2-quart pans is entirely too much for one person.  So the extra one is going to my brother, who will be setting up housekeeping in Nashville this summer.
  • The unopened box of Orville Redenbacher “Pour-Over Movie Theater Butter” popcorn. We bought this by mistake. And then we decided that it was a mistake. Hopefully Julian likes lots of fake butter more than I do.
  • A number of plastic pancake spatulas, still in their precious little plastic sleeves. If I haven’t used them in the 23 months that I’ve been married, it’s a safe bet that they should move on to someone who needs them (early Merry Christmas, Ju).
  • The miniature Crock-Pot.  It was cute. It seemed like a nice idea. But when I tried to use it for Rotel dip, it didn’t all fit and it made a sticky, gooey mess that took ages to clean out.  Bye-bye!
  • The steamer that came with my rice cooker.  It nearly killed me, it really did, to get rid of PART of an item.  But Moomer verified that it was, indeed, a useless item that needed to go.  When I need to steam something, I’ll just do it on the stove.
  • The mixing guard from my darling KitchenAid mixer.  It doesn’t work worth diddlysquat. And it takes up space. And if I don’t get rid of it now — well, in a few years, I probably wouldn’t even be able to figure out what it is.

On the brighter side, here’s a list of my favorite kitchen tools that, like Samwise Gamgee’s cooking pans, would stay with me even if I went to Mordor.

  • My vintage Presto cheese slicer. If you don’t have one, get on eBay and find one. The vintage ones beat the new ones all to pieces.  And when the wire breaks — just replace it with a guitar string.
  • The Williams-Sonoma metal measuring cups.  These were a wedding present, and they’re amazing.
  • My blue cornflower Corning Ware — all ten or fifteen of them.  These babies survive Hurricane Katrina (it’s true, I dug some out of a back bedroom when mucking a house — there wasn’t a chip in them!) and house fires (they fell from my aunt’s upstairs kitchen into her downstairs garage and survived).  You can use them on the stove, in the microwave, and in the oven. And they’re pretty enough to use as serving dishes.
  • The pair of blue Tupperware scoops.  Two scoops is just enough sugar for one gallon of tea.
  • My 9×13 pan with lid and carrying case. It’s a lifesaver for potlucks. (And — did you know? — Anchor Hocking and Pyrex are still made in the US.)
  • Both the Nordic Ware cookie sheets (the little one and the big one) — they’re fantastic, they don’t bend in the oven, and they’re NOT NONSTICK! Glory hallelujah! (I was so tired of burning biscuits and cookies on those stupid nonstick pans.)
Now I’ve got to get back to unloading boxes and puzzling over which of my other darling cooking tools are expendable.  In the meantime, what are y’all’s favorite kitchen gadgets?

About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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2 Responses to Cleaning Out the Kitchen: A Tale of Trauma, Woe, & Indecision

  1. I am proud to see the glorious Corning Ware survived the cut. I utilize mine that you gave me at least weekly. Keep up the blog! I love it. 🙂

  2. Julian Calvin says:

    Please remember your brother, who is about to move into an apartment with a rather glorious kitchen.

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