Lazy susans: we have all seen them at fancy weddings, holding delicacies and decadents desserts, or else used for display on the end tables of museums and libraries. Because a turn table is not a plain or flimsy object, most people limit their use to the elegant occasions. What is sometimes overlooked, however, is their everyday use in the kitchen. There are several perfect uses for lazy susans in the modern home kitchen, but there are three that have found their way into popular homes in recent years.
The first use is sometimes referred to as the ‘breakfast nook’; this is where napkins, salt, pepper, and anything else used on a daily basis at the table are arranged along the outside edge of the lazy susan and placed in the center of the table. It was so named, as nooks in most kitchens are small enough that there is little elbow room for moving, making a turn-table approach to daily meal necessities an added ease in eating.
The second, and perhaps most common use, is to place a large lazy susan in the corner of a counter, filling it with flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and anything else used commonly in baking. The advantage of this is three-fold; first, it allows the user to maximize what might otherwise be unused counter space. Secondly, it is a way to display cooking items in such a way that it is truly a display, something pleasing to the eyes, rather than a random compilation of items lined up at random.
Lastly, they allow a cupboard-searching-free approach to basic meal preparation, as all items are available easily. The third use of a turntable in the kitchen, one that is becoming more popular as of late, is to arrange cooking spices on a small dumbwaiter and place it near ones stove-top. This makes an attractive and unique display of cooking spices, but, more than that, with a simple turn of the lazy susan, each cooking spice is instantly inches away from whatever dish is being prepared for its use. The bonus to this third use is the creativity it promotes in cooking. The old adage, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ holds true in cooking; when a spice or seasoning is buried deep in one’s cabinet, there is very little to call to mind its existence. Having a dozen or so spices and seasonings readily available next to a kitchen’s cooking area promotes more creative seasoning in dishes. In a world where dieting sells faster than hotcakes, calorie-free spices can add a world a flavor to a dish without adding an ounce of unnecessary fat.
Lazy susans were, indeed, originally created for both elegance and ease, but they have found their way into even the every-day task of meal preparation