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Jan 21, 2008 01:44 AM

Garbage bowl at Kohl's

I wasn't sure if this belongs in Food Media or Cookware: in this past weekend's Kohl's ad, they advertised a "Rachael Ray Garbage Bowl"...for $14.99!! (regularly $19.99)

I nearly spit out my OJ--this is just bizarre on so many levels. First, if you buy into the garbage bowl concept, why wouldn't you use the nappiest piece of Tupperware or cracked old mixing bowl that you already own for this purpose? Second, $15 (technically $20, but who has ever paid regular price at Kohl's?) for a bowl?? A "Garbage bowl"?? A PLASTIC garbage bowl??? Just because it's "Rachael Ray" endorsed????

Does anyone use a garbage bowl as they cook, and if so, do they feel a need for a unitasking bowl?

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  1. The vintage melmac confetti-pattern bowls that RR uses on the show are iconic, and objects of desire. Check out the eBay auctions for melmac mixing bowls; they go to $19.99 and higher for choice examples.

    1. I saw this at Bed Bath and Beyond and was blown away by the absurdity of it. I don't use a garbage bowl, I put my garbage in the trash can as I cook. I do have a friend, however, who uses a very small trash can on her counter. She puts a plastic grocery bag in it before she starts cooking, and then just takes out the bag and puts it in the trash can when she is done. It looked very handy and efficient, but I just never got into it. Plus I don't like to throw away excess plastic.

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      1. re: Linda513

        I hang a plastic bag from deli/market from a drawer and put all the garbage in there as I'm prepping. Can't imagine purchasing a bowl specifically for that purpose - grin.

        1. re: MMRuth

          That is exactly what I do. It is my way of recycling those darn things!

          1. re: chocchipcookie

            Put me in the plastic grocery bag camp too!

            Easy and it's another way to use the bags instead of just pitching them.

      2. I can't tell you how many people have come into my store in the last few months looking for this item! As absurd as it might seem there is a demand for it! (we don't carry it by the way so I have to keep sending the masses elsewhere for it). What makes me laugh is for everyone that asks for HAS to be the RR bowl. we sell plenty of bowls that would make find "garbage" bowls but...that's not what they want.

        Marketing at its finest apparently...

        I actually do use a bowl when I'm prepping for onion skins, etc...but I just use one of my plain glass prep bowls.

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        1. re: ziggylu

          I've not been asked for RR garbage bowls but I have been asked for RR knives, Sorry! That is so not happening in our store. We do have covered composting canisters with a filter to keep odors down. They work quite well.

        2. My kitchen is so small that it would be ridiculous for me to use a garbage bowl. I just have to pivot and the trash can is right there. However if I did use one, I certainly would not purchase a bowl specifically for the task of being a 'garbage bowl'. Scary to think it, but I'll bet those things are selling like hotcakes! RR must be laughing all the way to the bank :)

          1. I had to google "Rachael Ray Garbage Bowl" just to see what one looked like. I have
            watched her show but never really noticed the bowl.

            Get this: Target sells one that comes in a gift box! How funny is that? Additional details:

            • Bowl lets you keep chopping and cooking rather than running back and forth to the garbage can
            • Place it next to your cutting board to start the timesaving and before you know it, you will be sitting down to eat

            Yes, taking those two steps to the trash can adds hours to my cooking time :-/

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            1. re: MysticYoYo

              I'm not against the idea of a prep bowl(note I don't and won't call it a garbage bowl). I use one all the time...concept I picked up in cooking school actually and often used when cooking for a living as well.

              With the configuration of my kitchen the trash isn't near the prep area(poorly designed kitchen but I'm not investing the bucks in it to rip everything out and start over)...I like my prep area clean while I'm working though so I toss everything in a bowl as I go along. I've also used plastic trays if something I"m prepping has one or a produce bag...whatever's handy.

              I've never paid $15 for any thing i've used to keep my prep scraps in though.

              But like I said...the marketing is working, people apparently love this item.

              1. re: ziggylu

                Same here. I've used a stainless mixing bowl for scraps as I prep on my board but to market one for that purpose and put RR's name on it is absurd. It never cease to amaze me what people are willing to spend money on and the more important things that they won't.

                1. re: ziggylu

                  Not only is her name on it, it looks like garbage! What a complete marketing scam; seems more suitable for QVC.

                  1. re: azhotdish

                    don't dis the Q! the Q sells fine products -- including kitchen aid mixers.