Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Multiuse Lets Me Multitask

I'm a big fan of Cutthroat Kitchen on Food Network. It's like Chopped, but with a reality show twist. Alton Brown is brilliant. Like, insane and crazy, but mindbogglingly brilliant. The man has a mind that just works in different ways, and because of this, he's created a really creative show: Can you outsmart a cooking show?

Because when push comes to shove, you can make a decent looking meal from pretty much anything. You can hack your way around any kitchen gadget or ingredient. In a pinch, coffeepots can cook a full breakfast. A Swiss army knife can make a Thanksgiving dinner. Foil can be fashioned into a pan, a spoon, or tongs. It is absolutely fascinating to watch.

After watching me fill the DVR and binge watch for a couple of years, my husband, who is awesome in pretty much every way, found out that Alton Brown's food/science tour was coming to a theater near us, and he bought us tickets for my birthday. And let me tell you, it's one thing to see a really smart show. It's another thing entirely to see it live.

One of Alton's big things is the multitool. He is very outspoken about his distaste for one function gadgets. Cull the kitchen clutter and make your tools work for you.

And I realized that, with the rising popularity of "hacks", that I really love this too. After all, I've used Pinterest to expand my uses of:
  • Coffee filters (great cleaners and totally chemical free)
  • Dryer sheets (cleaning PLUS air freshening)
  • Bread tabs (labels, tools to hold tape)
  • Shoe holders (perfect for pantry organization)
  • Ice cube trays (portion out frozen herbs, wine, even cookie dough!)
I love the idea of "hacking" - taking an overcluttered life, where a banana slicer is marketed as "life changing", and using tricks to make it easier.

I'm nowhere near ready for competition. But I'm definitely ready to hack my kitchen!
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