Mad About the House Blog Post

PLASTIC FREE STORAGE, COOKING AND SERVING BOWLS

25th February 2020

image credit: Kate Watson Smyth
image credit: Kate Watson Smyth

It’s been a while since I shared a proper Object of Design as I try, for the most part, to make this blog about advice and inspiration rather than straightforward shopping, but today I want to show you something that I really just think is brilliant.

Before Christmas I was sent a set of Hokan Bowls. They would, said the blurb, reduce my use of plastic as I could put leftovers in the fridge before putting the bowls straight in the oven to reheat and then taking them to the table to either serve from or eat out of.

Image credit: Kate Watson Smyth
Image credit: Kate Watson Smyth

In addition they stack, taking up less room on the shelf or in the fridge. The whole idea sounded so brilliant that I was actually a bit wary that they were promising too much. Yes, like many I am guilty of using cling film – I haven’t bought any for ages but am slowly using up a very old roll and wishing I wasn’t. But I can’t ever seem to marry a tupperware base with the correct lid. I also bought a set of lids that are supposed to stretch over every container to create an airtight seal. They sounded brilliant on the packaging but when they turned up only two fitted any of my dishes making the the other 10 useless. So I’d ended up buying even more plastic in an effort to reduce my single-used plastic and now it lives in my cupboard, along with the cling film just to keep it out of landfill.

 

When I unwrapped the Hokan bowls my first reaction was that they were too small to store much. But, I reasoned, they were so pretty that they would definitely look good on the shelf and, as an added extra it turned out they are great for serving olives as you can upturn the lid for the stones as well as homemade dips and sauces.

Then, over Christmas – the season of leftovers – I started gradually reaching for these bowls first and stacking them, as advised, in the fridge. And then, yes, it’s true you can put them straight in the over with leftover stew or pilaf or even roasted vegetables. And, it turns out, they are quite deceptive in size. I tend to eat with my eyes before my stomach and have realised that while the bowls might look small, the large one will definitely hold lunch for two, especially if you have extra salad or vegetables on the side.

image credit: Kate Watson Smyth
image credit: Kate Watson Smyth

And yes, if you heat something in a smaller bowl you can stand it on a mat or a plate and eat straight out of it. They are also microwave and dishwasher safe too.

Reader, I’m sold. Now I wasn’t ask to post this and I have to tell you, I didn’t pay for my bowls, nor are they cheap at £80 for a set of three but, that said, I think it’s worth saving for them. I have stopped using cling film, reduced the number of storage bowls cluttering up my shelves, put the tupperware in the landfill cupboard and freed up space in the fridge. Not to mention saved on washing up as I can store, heat and eat all from one bowl. Do I sound evangelical? I think I might be. You can also buy the bowls separately if you want to spread the cost or mix up the colours.

PS Nigella’s a huge fan.

image credit: Kate Watson Smyth
image credit: Kate Watson Smyth


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