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Garbage Bowl

How many of you use a garbage bowl when cooking?

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  1. Nope! Different types of garbage go different places--compost, recycleables, etc. Why separate it two times? I find that pulling my kitchen garbage over to where I'm working is convenient enough.

    1. I use a bowl for compost. Other trash goes right into the trash can that's near the sink. Wet stuff goes in the sink to later dump out. I generally set aside recyclables to wash later or if easy, wash and set aside.

      1. I use a garbage pile, usually spread over the plastic bag my produce came in.

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          1. re: Paul Weller

            I use the produce bag too. I had no idea RR was actually marketing this until this thread! Crazy to spend $17 when you could use the veggie bag or any bowl you already own.

          2. re: Adrienne

            Similar method.

            I have a large cutting board, and pile up the items to be discarded on a far corner of the board, and then use the bag my produce came in to throw it in the garbage.

            1. re: Adrienne

              hah can't believe that rachael ray says to buy a bowl specifically to throw garbage in. I usually throw all of my scraps/trash (that can't get garbage disposed) into the produce (plastic) bag that it came in or I'll throw it into used cans that i'm using at the moment (tomato cans or stock cans).

              Or you can just move the trash can right next to you and move everything off the counter and into the trash can....duh (:

            2. I do, and love it. I can easily separate later at the sink. We don't have a garbage disposal so it's trash and recycle. I get tired of going back and forth to the trash or sink, it helps me.

              1. I hang a grocery bag off of the handle of the cabinet. After I finish I tie it up before I toss it in the trash, that way I don't have onion scraps or protein trimmings just sitting in the open stinking things up. Plus I have limited counter space, and hanging a bag really just saves a lot of space.

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                1. re: meleyna

                  this is what i do too, except with unhangable handles, i use a steel hook that normally is used for potholders and such....although my plastic bags are few and far between now that i've started using "bring your own bags". I may have to break down and start using some sort of dumpable bin. Purchasing something like the RR garbage bowl however, is something i find ridiculous. I have to use something though because i have a superdog who knows how to open the bin in my kitchen, which i can no longer use !

                  My next house will have a garbage disposal !!! :)

                  1. re: im_nomad

                    Awwww. A "superdog"--that's so cute. On a related note, after our dog died, it took me a long time to stop turning to the side and dropping scraps down for her when doing food prep.

                    1. re: im_nomad

                      Oh I wouldn't waste my money on a RR bowl. That is just crazy. I use an old plastic bowl I have had for years. Since I have neither a dog or a garbage disposal it sure does come in handy.

                      1. re: Smileelisa

                        Yes, mine is also just a bowl I have had. I didn't realize the question was about a specific RR bowl. I just use any garbage bowl.

                        1. re: lexpatti

                          It isn't about a specific RR bowl. I could never justify spending that kind of money for something to throw garbage in. I just wondered how many people actually use a bowl while they are cooking.

                    2. re: meleyna

                      me too. Rachel ray and her garbage bowl...that's just one more bowl to clean in the end. them bag is just easier and i agree with you it saves space.

                    3. I use a bowl sometimes, depends what I'm doing. There is so little counter space in our kitchen that often I lay a large cutting board over the sink and just push refuse off the edge into the side of the sink with the disposal.
                      If I'm working at the kitchen table, a bowl or plate or open bag or whatever comes in very handy. No going back and forth to the trash or sink and I don't like having the trash can out while I'm cooking unless a new bag has just gone in. Fussy, I know.
                      I like the idea of the garbage bowl but can't imagine not just using ones I already have.

                      1. My trash gets triaged. Recycling, things guinea pigs will eat, things guinea pigs will not eat. :)

                        1. Every time I see that RR "garbage bowl" I'm just stunned that anyone would actually pay to have one! If I'm cooking something that involves a lot of prep--veggie soup, stews, etc.--I use a big plastic bowl that I bought at the dollar store and also use for rising dough when I bake bread. Otherwise I just toss stuff into the trash as I go. $17.95 for what is essentially a trash bag is just outrageous.

                          1. I use a normal bowl for everything I can't recycle. Sadly can't compost - don't have a garden.

                            I used to put smelly/liquid junk in a plastic bag (as others have said, it's harder to do this when you use fabric shoppers, which I do), tie it tightly and put it in the bin, but I feel a bit guilty about the idea of those bags sitting for a hundred years in a refuse dump. I'm now trying to wrap those things (chicken offcuts, fruit peelings, etc) in newspaper then put them in the bin. But I sometimes break down in the face of real grossness (rotten fruit tonight!) and use a plastic bag. Don't tell...

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                            1. re: Gooseberry

                              Very little of our compost gets used for gardening (I don't do gardening) but we compost anyway. It makes more sense to me to allow things to compost naturally than to throw them into an incinerator, which is where our town's rubbish ultimately goes. The compost thingy out back takes up very little space. And, especially since I don't plan on using the compost anyway, zero effort.

                            2. I had no idea Rachael Ray sold a "garbage bowl"! That said, I have used one since before I heard it on her show. It is only for compost, since that is most of my trash when I am cooking. I sometimes use a bag and sometimes the corner of my board, but I love to have the bowl when I am doing a lot of cooking. I must also admit that I love colorful mixing bowls and have lots of them, so it is a pleasure to pull out a bowl. It goes in the dishwasher, at least. My newest purchase is brown with white polka dots, and a pink interior. I can't help it, it makes me smile when I use it, even for compost!

                              1. The only garbage bowl I ever used was an ancient tupperware bowl for composting. When that broke, I started using tall "disposable" plastics for compost. They're nice and light for taking outside, and quick to wash out.

                                My garbage pail is under my sink, so I don't have to travel far. Recyclables go into the sink to wash, then on the drain board with other clean stuff, and then behind the sink till I bring them downstairs to the recycling bin in the garage.

                                1. I'll be damned to have to wash another bowl I only threw garbage in when my sink/disposal and my garbage can is 4 steps from where Im cooking.