People who actually cook – not just open a can and pour into a pot, put a plate in the microwave, or plate deli-ready or takeout – have tools of the trade that don’t fit in kitchen drawers. They still need to be stored in some way yet be easily accessible for use. Using a cupboard wastes space for pots and pans. Hanging on the backsplash isn’t always possible — especially if there’s brick or tile. Besides, that still uses a lot of space and not so tidy.
I used to use this stoneware jar. It was kept on my baker’s rack in the last kitchen, then on the counter next to the stove in the present kitchen.
However, I outgrew the space when I added some tools, so I went rummaging in my house and found an old champagne bucket. I’ve never used it for champagne. Only people in the movies actually use them. Got so excited that I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture. It looked like plain aluminum. Grabbed my copper spray paint. I covered the ‘label’ and kept the inside unpainted.
This bucket helps corral all the wooden utensils, the long-handled and odd-shaped ones, the whisks and hand blender…Because these utensils don’t fit easily in any kitchen drawer.