Wow, Sunday already. Not sure I’m thrilled about facing a long week. It’s a fresh start, it’s a fresh start … right? Well, at least I get to look forward to eating leftover mocha cake from yesterday and watching that huge jar of veggies ferment this week. It’s been slowly bubbling most of day today, kind of therapeutic to watch. Along with all the leftovers, Stacey left me a container of the chocolate frosting from our cake decorating which I discovered is a great dip for apple slices, yum!
We have a large compost bin in our backyard that I’m regularly dumping bowls of produce scraps into. But it’s winter, cold, dark and often wet outside. So lately I’ve been waiting for the bowl in the kitchen to get totally full before unloading it and that can take 2-3 days. Plus the bowl is big and ugly, not a thing of beauty and I’m not thrilled about having it take up space on my counters. But this is much prettier and takes up less space, the Odor-Free Countertop Compost Keeper.
I splurged on it as a better, odor-free way to store my compost until I unload it into the backyard and isn’t it cute? It has holes in the top for the scraps to vent, but hides the contents tastefully.
It’s not super huge being only 1 gallon, I can easily fill this up. But it’s convenient to keep near my chopping block for easy access.
The lid also has a filter under the vent holes to help filter any unpleasant odors.
And a nice handle to tote out to my yard and dump.
So far I’m thrilled with it for being a much better looking alternative to my bowl solution.
I also added a new mini spatula for flattening dehydrated tortillas, raw cakes etc. And a new knife to my Victorinox collection, the 7-inch Granton Edge Santoku Knife. Victorinox knives have become our favorite knives ever since seeing them reviewed and demonstrated on America’s Test Kitchen for being the best bang for the buck and pretty much the only knives I see used on the show. At Sur La Table, this knife was $35 while a similar Wusthof was $120 – big difference! And there are tons of great reviews for this series on Amazon. I wanted this blade because it’s supposed to be easier to slice through squashes, dense cakes, etc. without getting stuck thanks to the indentations on the side and the smaller blade should be easier to control when chopping up tougher veggies. I wish I had it yesterday to test on the raw cheesecake because the 8″ chef’s knife I was using was sticking a bit.
Wow, does it slice smoothly! Nothing like new-knife sharpness and it neatly went through cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes and cabbage with minimal effort. So far I’m very happy with it, a strong addition to the 8″ and 10″ Victorinox chef’s knives I have.
If you’re looking for new knives, give this series a try.