Unpacking the camper after twelve days on the road, I'm amazed at how few utensils I really use or even need, for that matter. Of course you need forks, knives, and spoons for shoveling food into your mouth, but for cooking there are some standards I've found to be indispensable. Here's my list. I'd be happy to know how it compares with yours.
1. Wooden spoon
2. Stiff rubber spatula
3. Meat fork
4. Sharp knife
5. Spatula for flipping pancakes and turning hamburgers
Just as you can make green by combining yellow and blue, you can make the right tool for the task at hand by creatively using your basic utensils. Pining for your whisk? You can use a fork. Need an egg slicer? Use a small paring knife. And so forth. Getting back to nature can inspire you to look at your tools through fresh eyes.
Downsizing is the only way to go when you're at the mercy of restricted storage space. Plus, you get the virtuous feeling of having triumphed over adversity (of sorts).
Back home tomorrow and the thrice weekly blogs will continue. Check in Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to find out what the Practical Preserver is up to.
And one final thought. As you fire up the barbecue for your Memorial Day picnic, stop for a moment to remember the reason for this holiday.
"All gave some. Some gave all." God bless America and God bless our veterans.
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