I’m not a type of individuals who insists on holding their counters away from gadgetry. Nope, I’ve an absurdly enormous ice maker (the type that makes the great ice, thanks very a lot), an air fryer, a elaborate toaster, and an assortment of canisters and containers. However a very powerful factor on my counter is my beloved rubbish bowl, a catchall for every part from recent fruit to cooking refuse.
I initially stole the rubbish bowl moniker from celeb chef Rachael Ray, who has been each extolling its virtues and promoting her personal for years. On her cooking present, Ray used the bowl to conveniently accumulate vegetable peels and meals scraps as she ready her 30-minute meals, making them simpler to move to the trash when your pasta bake or rooster pot pie is safely within the oven. Ray’s rubbish bowl is usually solely employed in the course of the cooking course of, and is saved in a cupboard. However getting a bowl out of the cupboard is a ache, particularly if you want one in a pinch. As such, my rubbish bowl stays out on the counter in perpetuity, simply ready for its second to shine.
Typically it’s empty, typically it’s filled with the flamboyant tomatoes I purchased on the farmers market, and typically it’s the stowing spot for the stash of assorted candies I couldn’t resist within the checkout line at Japanese greenback retailer Daiso, however regardless of the use, this bowl is at all times arduous at work. Sometimes it will get a fast wash and is used as a vessel for a Caesar or potato salad when company are coming over. Most ceaselessly, although, it’s simply sitting on the counter trying cute whereas holding a couple of lemons or limes.
A rubbish bowl supposed to be used as useful decor shouldn’t be simply any previous bowl. It ought to look good, complementing your area whereas being endlessly multifunctional. There’s a bowl for each kitchen aesthetic — assume glossy stoneware for a contemporary vibe, or old-school Forest Fancies Pyrex for a ’70s really feel — and even probably the most devoted minimalists gained’t have the ability to argue with an adornment this sensible. Mine is a classic Hearth-King swirl bowl in jadeite glass, picked up on a budget at an antiques retailer as a result of there was a lifeless bug sitting inside it. After an intensive sanitization, it’s been sitting on my counter ever since, and I exploit it at the very least as soon as per week for some impromptu job.
However even in case you’re largely simply utilizing it to attractively retailer fruit, it’s straightforward sufficient to tip out the bowl, use it for accumulating potato peels when you cook dinner, then give it a rinse and place it — and your lemons, or no matter — again onto the counter. You’ll use fewer dishes, make fewer journeys to the trash can whereas cooking, and have a brand new piece of kitchen decor that provides your area a lived-in but completely put-together really feel.