I don’t think it matters how long you’ve been out of school; there’s something about September. Yo get that back to school feeling. You still think about new stationery, new shoes and new timetables.
Though thankfully not so much thinking about exams.
These are the things that I’d be thinking of replacing, ready to start afresh. Let’s face it, we’ll be into Christmas cooking and baking before knowing it.
You can never have too many. Throw out any that have got chips out of them. I am not convinced they are worth spending a lot on. Whether I’ve had cheap ones or expensive ones, they seem to last about the same amount of time. Or at least in my kitchen they do!
Non-stick pans and tins
Specifically, those where the non-stick is no longer sticking. I know I’m guilty of this, I don’t think it can be good for you, and it’s certainly not good for the food. Or my temper when I swear at things for sticking. I had a fabulous non-stick pan from MFL for Christmas (at my request), and I really should throw out the scrappy one it was designed to replace.
I love a good tea towel. I really have no excuse for keeping those with big holes or big scorch marks in them. Go through them now, and move the tatty ones on. I use them for shoe polishing or cut into strips for dusting. Or keep them in the car for dusting or emergency mopping. In fact, use them for pretty much everything except for drying dishes.
Shouldn’t really need a reminder for this if you use those disposable sponges. I’m a bit old school in that I still use an old-school knitted type dishcloth and put them through the washing machine on a regular basis. Still a good time to check them over and throw out those that have seen one plate too many.
A bit like tea towels, love a good mug. I get a bit sentimentally attached to them, remembering where they came from, who bought them for me. Which means I tend to overlook the odd chip or crack. But now is probably a good time to be a bit ruthless. And then that leaves room for a few new ones.
The difference between okay dishes and great can often be the freshness of your spices. We’ve all done it, found something dusty and thought it would be ok. Then blamed our cooking when the dish is just not quite as you want it. Quite often it’s just the lack of oomph from the spices. So have a think about which ones need to go, remembering that ground keep less well than whole.
Tin foil, cling film, freezer bags
These are more just to check that I have plenty of each. Autumn brings more cooking and freezing as the bounty of autumn needs preserving. And you don’t want to run out at the wrong time.
Those are my key things to have me set up well for the season ahead. What gets you in the back to school mood in your kitchen?