Four Clever Ways to Justify Buying Something New for Your Kitchen
Kitchen Utensils Are you a passionate cook? Are you also helplessly addicted to collecting cookware, pots and pans and handy kitchen gizmos? Sometimes simply wanting something is just not enough. A purchase must be justified. Here are four tactical...
Are you a passionate cook? Are you also helplessly addicted to collecting cookware, pots and pans and handy kitchen gizmos? Sometimes simply wanting something is just not enough. A purchase must be justified. Here are four tactical approaches you can use to persuade yourself or your more rational, budget minded partner that the days of an iron pot and a spit are long past.
"It was your mother's birthday. She loved it." But what if you purchased one for yourself, too? Your justification needs to go something like, "But I wasn't sure she would know how to use it. So, I got one too, so I could show her how much fun it could be." This won't work for can openers. Be sure to splurge on something like pasta makers.
No mother-in-law? But you need to break the news of your new, citron yellow and totally unnecessary Emile Henry gratin pan? Use it, to cook up a dish your partner has been longing for. Then try this approach. "The kitchen felt tired. I felt tired when I went in there. We both needed some color to cheer us up. I felt inspired. Don't you love it?" The question may confuse your partner, specially if he or she has a mouthful of the dish you prepared. Do you mean the pan or the dish you cooked? Both? The only answer has to be yes, so your purchase need never be mentioned again.
Once in a while you may have to justify something you will seldom use but really want for a special birthday or other occasion. You may long for a chocolate mold, for example. Go ahead and purchase it. Stash it in the back of a cabinet until the day approaches. Then make the chocolates. "Look what I made, I had to get this special mold and it works so well. I could never have made these for you without it."
This "for you" approach also works if you want to take up a whole new cooking discipline, cake decorating or preserving say, and you need to purchase several different kitchen tools all at once. Be careful about getting into preserving, though, as you may slide down a slippery path to gardening which has a great number of expensive tools: potato forks, fencing to keep the rabbits out, hot houses, etc. Better to stick with cake decorating. You can purchase really delicious handmade jams & jellies from Cilantro The Cooks Shop and skip the muddy boots and early frost reports.
If you are counting, that was three tactical persuasions for your partner. Here is one for yourself because sometimes you have to deal with how you feel about acquiring new kitchen tools even though you don't absolutely need them. This is especially true if you have been making do with dull old knives or mismatched tableware from Granny. It's hard to cook with broken down tools or set a beautiful table with an odd assortment of dinner plates. Go ahead, treat yourself to a lovely new set and a new chef's knife. Cooking and having guests over will be more fun and you know you'll feel better. You don't need an excuse for that.