I have never owned a stand mixer. It’s an easy thing not to own if you don’t bake a lot, honestly. I’ve been using the same hand-mixer for…20+ years? But I’m down to just the two basic attachments because those were the only ones I ever used and so the others disappeared. Now that I’m cooking more that hand-held mixer is getting a lot of use again and I find myself longing for a stand mixer when every recipe assumes you have one.
I also don’t have an electric kettle or even a kettle for the stove and I’ve been drinking tea a LOT lately. I just boil water in a small pot and make tea that way. I also don’t have a chopper for vegetables, I just use a knife and cutting board.
I’ve been thinking a lot specifically about these three things as I resist the urge to buy them every time I’m at TJMaxx. Mainly, there is a practical reason I don’t buy them. I don’t have space for more stuff in my kitchen.
Here’s the thing…space issues aside…there are ways I could justify by want or even by need. I mean, it’s less electricity to heat an electric kettle and cookie dough is way easier to mix with a stand mixer. And money isn’t so tight I can’t get at least the two smaller things if I really need/want them.
BUT! Should we? I’m really trying to think about consumerism deeply lately. Both in terms with the spending of money, but also in terms of creating waste. Everything I buy some day ends up in a landfill. I mean, let’s be honest. Maybe it ends up in Goodwill to be reused once or twice but somebody somewhere is just going to throw it away eventually. And lately it is really hard for me to buy something without then thinking about our landfill in town and how you can see it from our nice new Cross Country Course.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m still buy crap I can’t entirely justify. I just bought the kids new thermoses for soccer because they’re insulated which is so very important? I guess? When they actually have big insulated thermoses but those are too big? I don’t know. I feel like the majority of the shit I buy is because nothing is perfect for every moment. They need several different kinds of athletic water bottles for several different seasons of weather and types of athletic events. I probably have a case for insisting on ONE kind of water bottle FOREVER but I don’t. I let them convince me that they need a different kind for this one reason.
But I am at least trying to be aware of these type of things and try to think through in the future to the things that will last the longest and have the best long-term use possibilities.
I don’t know. Do you find yourself thinking about these kinds of things lately? Both in terms of environmental concerns and in terms of rampant consumerism that creates waste we are then stuck with?