I don't think I'll end up with "credit" from today's activities, but I wanted to mention it because without this challenge it may have taken a lot longer to complete the second task.
I have been casually looking to replace 10-year old to 20-year old cooking utensils for a year or so and stepped it up to seriously looking last week. After TWENTY stores, I finally found replacements today!!!
AS SOON AS WE CAME HOME, I unpacked the bag, recycled any packaging, set aside any warranties, washed and dried the new utensils, and threw away the old, rusted items or had DD take the pertinent items up to our charity bag. DH is cooking dinner tonight and is oooohing and aaaahing over the new items!
For my own purposes, here's my list:[OLD ---> NEW]
set of 5 or 6 plastic measuring spoons (ancient and the edges are shredding) ---> one-piece stainless with flippable silicone ends that provides the four main measurements
cheap apple/pear corer ---> lifetime warranty apple/pear corer (I have purchased too many cheap ones that always rust!)
cheap pastry blender that we use for LOTS of tasks (horribly rusted!) --> high-quality pastry blender (DH is using it for browning ground beef right now and loves it.)
broken pasta server --> new pasta server with hole in center that is one-serving size
scissor-style tongs DH despises and I never use (horribly rusted and annoying design) ---> lifetime warranty one-handed tongs (gravity is involved)
pointy-end, deep well, short-handle AWESOME (But ancient - 20+ years old - and will not come clean any longer and shredding at the edges) plastic spoon ---> narrow-end, deeper-than-average, shorter-than-average-handle silicone spoon (the function should be roughly equal and this was the absolute HARDEST item to replace)
flat-edge, deep well, fairly good spoon that just doesn't clean up well (DH is taking it to work to use in the kitchen there) ---> flat-edge, silicone covered stainless steel spoon with a deeper-than-average well (I hope the function is similar as this was the second hardest item to replace)
I think that is all and I brought home one new deep well wood stirring/serving spoon that is beautiful to look at and fits perfectly in one's hand (both DH & I love it!). I found this in a restaurant supply store tucked in with junky plastic stuff for only $4 (includes tax) and it is obviously a GEM!!! It is so hard to find deep well serving spoons in anything but stainless steel these days. Grrr... We have gorgeous, lifetime warranty stainless steel cookware and using SS utensils scratches it mercilessly. Technically, I need to remove another item from the kitchen to be even and I'd rather remove an additional item or two. I've been going through the kitchen a few times a year for years and always find something we don't use.....