Thursday, November 10, 2011

kitchen annoyances

So, as you may know, I love being in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love chopping, I *usually* love baking, and I really love the taste testing!



But what I haven't shared on here, are the parts of cooking that I hate.  Maybe you can relate to some of these.


  1. Garlic....I sure love the taste of garlic, but I really hate the way it makes my hands smell.  BUT...the worst part of garlic is the part where I have to peel it. Why does it always take me a good 5 minutes to peel just 3 cloves of garlic?
  2. Cleaning produce. And you know what? I skip this about 75% of the time. I know, I know. But I just hate doing it. And honestly, if I am cooking it, the heat will kill any bad germs/bacteria, right??? (...probably not)
  3. When I put oil in a measuring cup. This one is a little weird. But I hate putting oil in there because after I dump the oil into whatever pan or bowl it's going into, the cup always leaves an oil ring wherever I lay it. And that just really bugs me. Man, I sound weird.
  4. Whenever I feel like baking, I almost never remember to leave my butter out ahead of time so that it softens. I guess this is a personal problem, not a coking problem. I just wish butter would soften faster so that I don't have to think about putting it out ahead of time!
  5. Raw Chicken. BARF. I hate the way it smells. And the way it feels.  Which is odd because raw pork and beef don't bother me, but chicken is just horrible. Especially the fat on it.  And when I cut it on a plastic cutting board and then try to wash the cutting board, little pieces of chicken turn white on the cutting board in the hot water, and that grosses me out for some odd reason.
  6. Cleaning out the crock pot. Love the crock pot, but it's the worst to clean after you've had a meal cooking in there all day. Am I wrong?

So there you have it. My 6 cooking/baking annoyances.  
What drives you crazy in the kitchen? Are you as weird as I am??

30 comments:

  1. I have to agree with you on all of those. I don't have a crockpot but I don't like cleaning big casseroles. I also find that peeling garlic leaves a horrible film on your hands that feels awful. Lately I have been having issues with onions too, the onions in France are so pungent that I find I have tears running down my face every time I cut one. Argh.

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  2. Garlic is kind of sticky, too! I really don't like that. I also hate cleaning my crock pot. I recently picked up some crock pot liners, and they are definitely worth it.

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  3. You need a garlic peeler. I never peel garlic without it. This little thing is SO easy and very worth the $10.

    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/garlic-peeler/

    You just stick the garlic inside the tube, roll it on the counter for a few seconds and the garlic clove pops out, peeled!! Changed my life. For real.

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  4. I have a solution for the crock pot. Crockpot Liners! They are in the same spot as foil and saran wrap. They are basically like a shower cap for your crock pot that you throw away after each use. Brilliant!

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  5. I have two tricks for you about the garlic. To peel it, lay your knife down sideways on it and give it a good whack (Food Network chefs do this all the time). One or two whacks, and it peels super easily. To get rid of the garlic smell on your hands, if you have a stainless steel faucet, rub your hands on the faucet (if your faucet is not stainless, they sell a small stainless "stone" in kitchen stores for the same purpose). The stainless gets rid of garlic and onion smells.

    Personally, I don't like cutting onions. Or I didn't until my MIL got me onion goggles. They may look a little dorky, but they work wonders and you don't cry while you chop onions!

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  6. I am so with you on #3. It drives me nuts! I also hate when I have to measure honey out because it doesn't all pour out of the measuring cup because it's so sticky!

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  7. The trick that Jess has about the garlic really works. Just a quick whack with the knife and it peels like a dream.

    I'm the one running across the kitchen to the sink so I can toss the oil measuring cup in the sink before it drips or leaks anywhere...why is oil so problematic?!?

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  8. This was a GREAT post. Totally feel you on everything, especially the chicken and the crock pot. Ya know, I got a garlic press, and while I don't use it for everything (it tends to smoosh the garlic a bit)- its really helpful when I don't feel like chopping! They are super cheap too.

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  9. I'm another fan of crock pot liners! You are adorable and I miss you! ♥

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  10. I have to agree with Jess, whacking garlic with a knife nearly knocks the skin off garlic. It peels in seconds. As far as the smell I use this product by Crate and Barrel: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/kitchen-and-food/utility-cleaning/rub-away-bar/s668664 . It doesn't look like it would work, but magically it does!

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  11. I share your annoyance for ALL of these things! Some solutions... Give your garlic a good whack with the bottom of a saute pan and the skin will pop right off... it smashes the garlic a bit but, oh well. I also cheat a lot with Spice World's diced garlic in a jar... I know, I know - but it's so easy! For the oily (or powdery, like with flour) measuring utensils... If I know I'm going to have lots of dirty baking tools, I fill a small mixing bowl with warm, soapy water and put it right by my "trash bowl".... then I just throw the floury / oily utensils in there. Pre-soaked for easy cleaning and no mess on your countertop... VIOLA!

    I also rarely clean produce... and I NEVER do if it's organic. I think it helps keep the immune system hearty! And I am constantly microwaving my butter which I'm sure is a baking sin, but oh well.

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  12. The crockpot cleaning (or roasting pan on the same line) and butter softening drives me crazy! I don't get bothere by raw chicken, but what totally grosses me out is when you buy a whole chicken, and they missed some bit of feather. I feel guilty enough eating a dead chicken - the feathers just make it so much more real and sad and gross.
    I'm sorry but I absolutely HAVE to wash all my produce - all the pesticides and such is one thing, but thinking about how many other people touched that - GROSS! And no, the cooking doesn't really kill all the germs. Do you at least wash it when you eat it uncooked? I'm feeling skeevy right now!

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  13. I'm with you on all but #5. ;) I LOVE using my Crock Pot, but scrubbing it afterwards? Not so much. And it's so big and bulky. I like things I can just stuff in the dishwasher. :)

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  14. Get Crock Pot Liners! They are specifically made to be put in a crock pot and they basically keep your crock pot from ever needing that annoying cleaning again. Literally, I just take the plastic liner out after we eat and throw it away and I am DONE! I was so excited when I found them, and they are SO worth it!

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  15. #5 and #6 are totally me. I HATE HATE HATE raw chicken. Most of the time I make my husband prepare it for me just so I don't have to touch it. And the crockpot, damn that thing is hard to clean!

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  16. oh gosh, i am TOTALLY the same way with produce. gross, but so glad i'm not the only one :)

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  17. I'm with you on the chicken thing - gag!! And, if I'm working with a whole chicken, ugh it makes me sick to even think about it!

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  18. Try giving the garlic a whack like Jess suggested...and then get yourself a garlic press. I use mine ALL the time. It's a little tricky to clean, but SO worth not having to chop garlic.

    I also hate cleaning produce. I've let countless bunches of celery go bad because I buy them with such great intentions and then never "get around to" cleaning and chopping them up!

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  19. Lots of people have already said this, but I can tell you it works. Use the flat side of the blade on your knife to kind of smash the garlic clove. I used to use a garlic press but hated to clean it so now I alsays give it a good whack.

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  20. I started buying minced garlic in a jar because I hated dealing with fresh garlic. It works just the same for me and I don't have to touch it, peel it, waste any extra cloves, etc. Also.....raw meat grosses me out, too. And....I totally love my crock pot liners. You still have to rinse out the pot with soapy water, but it takes 2 seconds and there's no scrubbing. I take out the liner, twist the top, put it in a plastic grocery bag, and throw it out in the trash.

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  21. You crack me up :) I actually don't spend enough time in the kitchen to notice much, but I also REALLY hate cleaning the crock pot. And slicing veggies. Blah.

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  22. I use Jess' trick with the garlic and it really works. I also don't always wash veggies before cooking so I'm with you there.

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  23. Wow! I hate putting oil in measuring cups too! I just don't really like oil--it's so messy!! And it gets everywhere! I hate raw chicken too, but then again I just hate all raw meat! So gross! And I know this sounds really weird, but as much as I use one, I absolutely hate ovens! Especially gas ones. Scary!

    :)
    http://sbrittanydawn.blogspot.com/

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  24. I'm an awful cook, so my list of kitchen annoyances is about a mile long, but I do share a few.

    I absolutely hate raw chicken, which is just something I've had to accept because chicken is about the only thing I can cook well. I also ALWAYS forget to soften the butter first when baking, so I get impatient and end up briefly microwaving it and melting it. Then I just have to start all over again!

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  25. Not weird at all, the oil rings drive me nuts!! And I always forget the butter. I can completely relate!!

    Any raw meat grosses me out...I once told my mother in my younger years "I will hire a maid bc I am never going to touch raw meat" hahaha oh my young mind was so naive =)

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  26. I totally agree on all of these things. I also hate chopping up onions because my hands smell like them forever. I've tried lots of things to take the smell off, but I think I'm just paranoid and I can smell it even when it's not there.

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  27. You are so cute hun! I actually buy my garlic already peeled - they come in a big bag and inside are mini bags of a few (already peeled) cloves. Get it - the price diff is minimal and it's SO much easier.

    And I HATE cleaning the stupid crock pot. HATE IT. I used to use the liner bags but got worried about BPA's in plastic - so it killed that for me.. Boo!

    p.s. I just always think of you and J as these amazing cooks. :) Your menu posts just make me always want to just "pop on over" for dinner. Which would obv a tad but more difficult these days... Sadz.

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  28. I buy preminced garlic in a jar. Lazy? Yes. Worth it? Completely.

    My biggest annoyance is my husband! We have a small kitchen, and it seems like he HAS to clean the kitchen, the minute I start cooking/baking. I do love that he wants to clean the kitchen.

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  29. Thought this might help you with the garlic, since it is different than everyone else's suggestion, and you don't have to smush the garlic-

    http://lifehacker.com/5844865/peel-a-head-of-garlic-in-less-than-10-seconds-with-two-bowls

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  30. I love this post! And everyone's comments.

    As for the butter, I saw yesterday on pinterest (my addiction) that you can place the cube between two sheets of wax paper and use a rolling pin to soften it if you forget to take it out ahead of time.

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