Today’s tip … if you don’t have one get a really big bowl.
I’m not talking about a big bowl, the kind that comes in those sets of three which you buy in the kitchen or department store. Most of those bowls are all of four quarts, six if you’re lucky. At least half of my Lucy moments during my Spanakopita and many other early kitchen fiascos could have been avoided if I’d had a really big bowl.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a couple of those four quart bowls and use them all the time. They are great for mixing up a cake or tossing a salad for the family. But when you need to toss salad for a neighborhood block party, mix up stuffing for a twenty pound turkey or prepare a ice water bath to cool down a custard … there is nothing like a really, really big bowl.
Several years ago with thirty-five people invited for a backyard cookout, I faced reality and purchased my first really, really big bowl … fourteen quarts to be exact. While a giant bowl would be gorgeous in artisanal ceramic and glamorous in glass, it would too heavy to lift. A bowl like that would look beautiful on an entry table in a palatial home but hardly screams practicality when it comes to cooking. Talk about Lucy moments! My overactive imagination quickly congers up visions of giant shards of glass mixed with a field of baby greens on the terrace.
So I brought a plastic one home. In the beginning it almost looked like glass. But wear and tear have left their marks and scratches so except for a trip to the beach now and then, it stays in the kitchen. Same holds true for the two eight quart bowls, one in plastic and the second in stainless steel. All three are workhorses, light and easy to lift and manipulate. Thanks to those bowls, regardless of what I’m cooking, no matter how big the batch, I can mix or toss to my heart’s content.
Happy cooking and bon appétit!
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