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Jan 22, 2012 05:00 PM

what do you have in your kitchen "junk drawer"?

I seem to have two junk drawers in the kitchen, one for pens and paper and the other full of
kitchen items like a pizza wheel, apple corer, serving spoons, skewers, cake knives, etc. What's in yours?

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  1. Th second drawer you describe does not sound like a junk drawer; to me it's an essentials drawer!

    My junk drawer has Scotch tape, gum, coupons, binder clips, scissors, paper clips, rubber bands, a sewing kit...and that's all I can remember without getting up out of my recliner. :)

    1. I don't have a drawer devoted to junk, but there's certainly stuff lying around in my silverware drawer that I don't know why I have. Cookie cutters, for instance. I don't make cookies. Ever. Little fluted molds - I have no idea where these came from, or what use they might be. A very sharp knife that comes to two points - this was a gift from someone, now deceased, who I liked a lot. But I can't figure out exactly what it is, or what to do with it. A wine stopper that is just a hair too slim to actually stop up a bottle of wine. Metal nozzles for for an icing bag, minus the icing bag itself, and also minus any desire I have to ice something (see comment re cookies, above). Etc.

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      1. re: small h

        The knife that comes to two points sounds like it might be a cheese knife.

        1. re: ecclescake

          I hadn't considered that, but it's certainly possible. The blade is about 6" long, serrated, with a half-heart-shaped cut-out near the handle. So it can stab, slice, saw & hook. I pity the cheese that gets in its way.

        2. You do not want to "go there." Let's just say, a bunch of "stuff."


          1. My junk drawer has coupons, a box half full of birthday cake candles, an electric pencil sharpener, tape, pencil erasers, a couple pencils and pens, post its, a couple key parts for the kids' inflatable pool, a couple candle lighters, some lime green ribbon ... the rest I probably should throw away because I can't remember what it is!

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            1. re: SAHCook

              "some lime green ribbon"

              OK, this is odd. Until a few days ago we had some royal blue ribbon in our junk drawer. My partner and I were looking for something in the drawer and we both said, "Why is this in here?" Upon which I tossed it.

              1. re: ttoommyy

                Yes, it is a little odd. It's a leftover from one of the kids' birthdays. But one of the kids is always looking for ribbon for a very important craft, and I'd rather leave the lime green for them than let them into my "good" ribbon :)

            2. When we moved into our current house almost 12 years ago I vowed to NOT have a kitchen junk drawer and so far we've been successful. We have a few 'junk drawer' type items in front of the plastic flatware container. We have two screwdrivers, a pliers, ruler, tape measure, books of matches, chopsticks, bottle opener, scissors, and a few unidentifiable items that get stuck there because, well, where else are we gonna put them? I wonder what happened to all the stuff that was in the junk drawer at our other house?