I’m not a kind of individuals who insists on preserving 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 flowery toaster, and an assortment of canisters and containers. However a very powerful factor on my counter is my beloved rubbish bowl, a catchall for the whole lot from contemporary fruit to cooking refuse.
I initially stole the rubbish bowl moniker from movie star 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 acquire 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 hen pot pie is safely within the oven. Ray’s rubbish bowl is usually solely employed throughout the cooking course of, and is saved in a cupboard. However getting a bowl out of the cupboard is a ache, particularly whenever 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.
Generally it’s empty, typically it’s filled with the flowery 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 onerous at work. Often it will get a fast wash and is used as a vessel for a Caesar or potato salad when friends are coming over. Most regularly, although, it’s simply sitting on the counter trying cute whereas holding a number of lemons or limes.
A rubbish bowl meant 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 — suppose smooth stoneware for a contemporary vibe, or old-school Forest Fancies Pyrex for a ’70s really feel — and even probably the most devoted minimalists received’t have the ability to argue with an adornment this sensible. Mine is a classic Fireplace-King swirl bowl in jadeite glass, picked up on a budget at an antiques retailer as a result of there was a useless bug sitting within it. After an intensive sanitization, it’s been sitting on my counter ever since, and I exploit it at the least as soon as every week for some impromptu job.
However even in case you’re largely simply utilizing it to attractively retailer fruit, it’s simple sufficient to tip out the bowl, use it for accumulating potato peels when you prepare 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 offers your area a lived-in but completely put-together really feel.