Some kitchen products really start to lose their appearance after years of use. So if you have an old gadget riddled with scuffs or find that some of your tools just don’t cut it anymore, it̵
From mold to dull knives, more than a handful of kitchen items need to be inspected and replaced on a regular basis, one more often than the other. Read on as we outline which items to replace (and why!) And provide some high-quality options for replacing your worn-out tools.
Over time, cutting boards become excessively grooved and sometimes even crooked, leaving small crevices open for bacterial growth. Some planks also start to separate at the seam or cracks, so if you see any scars, chipping, or cracks, it’s time to find new ones.
Greener Chef Organic Bamboo cutting board
Bamboo cutting boards are hit in many kitchens for several important reasons. Not only are they cheap, but the clean grain of the bamboo gives them excellent water resistance. The same property also makes them resistant to blade marring. In addition, bamboo is a highly renewable resource, so they are an eco-friendly choice.
This set of three organic cutting boards is made without solvents, formaldehyde, dyes, or other questionable compounds used in the production of cheaper boards. Bamboo shelves, like traditional wooden shelves, should not be soaked in the sink or in the dishwasher.
Gorilla Grip 3-piece plastic cutting board set
People love plastic cutting boards because you can throw them right in the dishwasher. The only problem is that they don’t last as long as other materials and the softer surface of the board will be chewed up faster by your knife. But if you’re really into plastic chopping boards, try this three-pack of generous chopping boards designed by Gorilla Grip.
The shelves are double sided and the durable rubber edge keeps the shelf from shifting and sliding over your countertop. Keep in mind that plastic cutting boards wear out faster, so check them more often for wear.
Ironwood Gourmet Acacia cutting board
With proper care, a high-quality wooden cutting board will last much longer than any bamboo or plastic cutting board. They’re also just plain beautiful to look at – if you plan on leaving your cutting board off the kitchen island, it’s worth grabbing a nice shelf.
We love the Ironwood Gourmet Acacia Wood Cutting Board for its durable craftsmanship and aesthetics. Wooden cutting boards need TLC, which includes regular oiling and hand washing. Acacia wood is quite dense compared to many woods and also offers a stunning look, plus it’s nicely priced compared to many other wood cutting boards.
Plastic food storage containers
Over time, plastic food storage containers develop persistent oily (and sometimes smelly) residues that like to hang out. In addition, after years of use and washing, they lose their durability and can crack or break. We love glass storage containers for their aesthetic appeal and durability. Plus, glass is a non-porous and non-absorbent material, so you’ll never have to deal with those weird smells or tomato stains.
OXO is a trusted brand in the kitchen gadget world, and this set is the proof in the pudding. The durable borosilicate glass in combination with the smart closing tabs ensures that there are no leaks in the lunch box. The glass containers are oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, so you can store them just about anywhere. We have been using glass for over a decade and will never go back to plastic.
Never again treat a pound of potatoes or a heap of carrots – or a mangled citrus flavor in your cocktail – with a boring vegetable peeler. These little gadgets are so handy but not meant to last. Fortunately, they are so cheap that it is absolutely worth replacing every year. Don’t you believe us? Ina Garten swears by its annual replacement.
Cheap paring knives
Like vegetable peelers, paring knives become dull with frequent use, but are quite cheap to replace. So when you buy your annual vegetable peeler, add one of these classic Victorinox paring knives to the cart too. In combination with the stainless steel blade and Swiss handle, this paring knife is a solid option.
Aside from the nooks and crannies of cutting boards, bacteria also like to spend quality time in your tea towels. While you can wash and bleach them, washing and bleaching take their toll, just like everyday use.
When we use chemicals on our towels and wash them over and over again, the water retention properties change and they often develop a mildew odor. So, if you’ve been using the same towels for years, and they don’t absorb like they used to, grab a pack of Utopia tea towels to replace the old, ragged towels. Dish and tea towels are just too cheap not to be replaced when they look rough.
Wooden cooking utensils
If your wooden cookware is warped, cracked or damaged, it’s time to replace them. These don’t need to be replaced annually, but if they start to look rough like your chopping board lumber, it’s time to replace them – just like the plank.
These bamboo cooking spoons are a solid replacement for your wooden spoons as they are more durable, last longer and are easy to clean. The lightweight Riviera utensils also look nice and won’t scratch as easily as wooden utensils.
There are many two-piece silicone spatulas on the market that consist of two parts: a silicone head and a wooden or metal handle. Even the nicer ones will often have a “leak” between the handle and the head where water enters. You cannot clean that area effectively, and if the small bag in it is large enough it can result in knotty mildew water pushing out into your pot or pan while using the utensils. Gross.
Instead, opt for these sleek heat resistant silicone spatulas. They are all made in one piece which means there are no cracks for food to get stuck in and they are dishwasher safe.
Pastry brushes are used to apply egg wash, fruit glaze, oil and butter to delicate dough. Don’t get this confused with a silicone basting brush used for basting on high heat (like meat on the grill). So if your pastry brush has a few burnt bristles or is just old and starting to smell, replace it with this OXO pastry brush.
Like many kitchen gadgets, can openers lose their appearance after years of use. After all, these constructions cut through tin or steel cans. So when that old can opener literally doesn’t cut it anymore, it’s time to replace it with a new one.
This popular KitchenAid can opener is made with a stainless steel blade designed to easily pierce and open cans. The comfortable ergonomic handles in combination with the simple rotary knob make this a solid option. Plus, the price is just right and you have several fun colors to choose from.
Sponges need to be replaced regularly because of the bacteria that live in the porous material. A good rule of thumb is to change every week, especially if you use the sponge every day. With this 9-pack of Scotch Brite scratch-free sponges you will get through the next two months at a hefty price; and if you subscribe, you save even more.
With spring cleaning season upon us, you might as well start with everyone’s favorite room, the kitchen.