Here’s a detail I noticed in a recent House Tour at our sister design site, Apartment Therapy: Cynthia uses a glass cylinder vase to hold her kitchen utensils, in lieu of a crock or jug. Would you do this? Here’s what I like about the setup.
I’ve been debating over the idea of taking some of my utensils out of drawers in the kitchen and putting them in a container by the stove for faster access while cooking. But I have a pretty modern, sleek-lined kitchen (you can see photos of my kitchen renovation here) and I don’t want to clutter the countertops with a traditional crock or pitcher.
This glass cylinder caught my eye, because of the functionality — you can immediately see which tool you’re grabbing! — and for the looks. It’s just sleek and clean. It does look rather tall; I wonder if it’s hard to get things out, although the height does keep all the tools corralled well.
I can predict with some accuracy what you guys will say about this (I’m such a soothsayer when it comes to Kitchn comments!). It’s not practical, and it will show grease immediately. I agree with this, but I’m still tempted. After all, I’d rather clean things as they get dirty, rather than just hiding dirt, don’t you agree?
Keep the kitchen running smoothly with plenty of storage and space for appliances. Vermont kitchen painted in Ivory, John Lewis
1. A cooker with two ovens is a real asset. Multifunction models with heating elements at the top and bottom, plus a fan and grill offer flexibility when catering for large numbers.
2. If you’re often entertaining a crowd, consider investing in a wine cabinet. Most have separate areas for storing red and white, but if space is tight, choose a single temperature, slimline model.
3. The latest multi-cookers combine a slow cooker, rice cooker, and steamer in one. They can roast meat as well as make stew and curry.
4. If you’re a frequent baker, a stand mixer makes mixing large batches of cookies easy. Look for a splatter guard lid that fits over the bowl and a flexible beater with a silicone edge.
5. Food processors make light work of chopping, whisking, and even making pastry for freezing to help you get ahead.
Do you have a crock of utensils by your stove? We use a big glass jar, which is functional but overcrowded. It also tends to get greasy and splattered. We are really liking this three-well limestone utensil holder from Etsy seller twobeans; it’s beautifully muted in color, and a little more practical with the three holders.
See another photo below as well as their granite version… These are not inexpensive, but if they are right for your kitchen they might be worth the investment.