From The Kitchn → How Much Countertop Space Are You Willing To Give Up For Your Favorite Appliance
The only appliances that I keep permanently out on the counter is my molcajete & the toaster oven. My molcajete is just too beautiful & is used too frequently to be stored out of sight. And it is a piece of my heritage. I keep the toaster oven from looking like an eye sore by always keeping the door glass clean, the crumb tray cleaned out, & I keep a tiny red ceramic bowl of tiny colorful ceramic fruit sitting on the top to give it some pretty color). I don't like the clutter of appliances distracting my eye from my nice clean kitchen. There is a sky light over the Mexican ceramic tile island & I love walking in to all that bright cheery open space. It helps me plan & prepare meals without being bombarded with appliances cluttering up the prep space. I like to have a clean mind & a clear space to begin cooking & baking. I know a lot of people who complain that their kitchen isn't big enough, not enough counter & storage space, etc. But then I look at their clutter of blenders, food processors, juicers, crock pots, cappuccino makers (that one in the foto gives me conniptions! If I HAD to have something like that I would give it it's own designated area- not have it take up so much food prep space!), etc!!! I keep all appliances in cupboards under the counters with like related items. Baking related items are kept together in one cupboard. Things like sheet pans, muffin & cake pans, cooling racks, mixing bowls, sifters, electric beater, measuring cups & spoons, & a plastic tote box that holds the bags of flour & sugar, baking powder, salt, & spices, chocolate chips & nuts,... all the basic (dry) baking ingredients are kept together so that I'm not scrambling around looking for stuff in the middle of a baking project only to discover I'm out of salt or can't find the thermometer at a crucial moment! I like to make my own juices & smoothies so I keep the juicer & the blender in a cupboard together with the juice pitcher, my fancy juice glasses, drinking straws, fruit cutting knife & cutting board. All my coffee making & drinking items go together in an upper cupboard- my siphon coffee maker & French press are together with coffee grinder, mugs, spoons, coffee, & cream pitcher. I keep the tea making things together with the coffee stuff. All like-related things are kept together under my counters so that I don't have to move coffee stuff away when I want to prepare lasagna and I don't have to move juice making stuff away when I want to make tortillas. The bag of corn flour is kept INSIDE the tortilla mixing bowl next to the plancha! When friends come to visit they are always surprised at how quickly before their eyes I can whip up a meal because I don't have all that stuff on the counter tops. And I know exactly where every thing is kept. People keep far too many appliances than they ever really need which takes up valuable real estate & time. Time sorting through all that clutter looking for a whisk is just too much time wasted that could be better enjoyed with feet up & a warm plate of cookies on my lap! I do engage in appliance swaps. So if there is that one time a year that I need to use a bundt pan I know who I can borrow one from. Then it is washed & returned to the owner, with a slice of cake on the side, to be stored in someone else's space! (Okay, I admit it, I am far too "anal" in that I also store the boxes of lasagna noodles inside my lasagna pan!)
The only appliance that makes the cut in my house is the coffeemaker because it is frequently used. When we redid the kitchen we even created a utensil cupboard pullout so even the crock of utensils got the ax. The only things on our counter are a coffee maker, a bowl of fruit and a small wood tray with the salt and pepper grinders and I love it. I can't stand cluttered counters.
I love the picture. It looks like that espresso machine (if that's what it is) is on a shrine!
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