Gadgets into Shape
When I whisk into the kitchen to
organize, those darn whisks, spatulas and scrapers can sometimes
leave me scratching my head. They are the hardest things for
which to find a kitchen home.
The long and the short of it is
just that. There are long handled tools, short stubby tools, fat
swirls of tools and tiny skinny things. From the soup ladle to
the cake tester, these different size items make it ever so hard
to organize. In part, this is because there just isn’t that
perfect drawer liner with divided compartments, that can handle
so many different shapes and sizes.
What’s a cook to do?
You can pare down your utensils
and store them in various areas of your kitchen. This will help
you find them and ease your frustration.
In part, we often have too many
kitchen tools. Often you acquire one as a gift or pick one up in
a kitchen gadget store. Seldom do you pitch one out. A few
cooking years under your belt and you can hardly open that
drawer as it jam-crammed full.
On to the Storage
Make the most out of your kitchen
storage by sub-dividing your cooking tools. Take the serving
pieces you found, like the pie wedge, salad tongs, and spreaders
to a new area. Place them in a separate drawer, basket, or
plastic container and put them near your platters and serving
bowls. You only need them when you are serving with those
dishes. You certainly don’t need to dig through them every time
The same goes for baking tools.
Gather the mixer accessories, pastry hook, biscuit cutter,
pastry brush, and all those cookie cutters into one spot. A
clear plastic box is great for these. Store it on a shelf next
to your baking pans and mixer.
I like to have my utensils out and
ready to grab and I’m lucky to have a beautiful container for
them. (Thanks sister!) This is a great way to open up drawer
space. If you prefer for them to be hidden, place the often used
ones in a drawer closest to the stove.
I’m still hunting for that perfect
divider for every kitchen drawer. When I find one, I’ll let you
know. In the meantime, some kind of division is still helpful. I
made use of a wooden box that used to be my Grandma’s. The
dividers keep everything from rolling around each time I open
utensils out on your counter can be both
eye-catching and useful. Make cooking easier by
only putting in the jar only your most
frequently used items.
Place your seldom
used utensils in a drawer with dividers. If you
separate and move your serving pieces and baking
gadgets, you will find you have lots of room to
find the things your really do need to have on
How many kitchen gadgets are too many?
To get your gadgets in order,
begin by removing them from every nook and cranny.
Line them up
on the kitchen counter and take stock. Place like items
together, such as all the spatulas, so that you can see what you
Pairs of utensils are often handy.
Sometimes, I might have on two kettles of soup for a party so I
will need two soup ladles. Or, I might want to lift out a roast
from the Dutch oven and need two long-handled heavy-duty forks.
But, the day that I need two lemon zesters hasn’t yet arrived!
Like you, I also have cookware,
for different needs, that have special coatings. The non-stick
cookware has its own tools so be aware to consider that in your