There was the madeleine pan I had ordered years ago in a Proustian moment, but never actually used--truth be told, there’s something about their spongy taste I’m not crazy about. Then there was the food mill, the Macina Legumi, that Tom was given years ago when he was taking French cooking lessons at Mirabelles. It was shiny, still in its original box.
I was mulling over possible donation sites, then remembered that my friend Barbara volunteers at a soup kitchen in Middle Island. So I contacted her and she said they could absolutely use everything. What they didn’t need to create the 200+ meals they provide every day, they would offer to their clients who were setting up homes.
It was inspiring to know the items were needed somewhere. When Barbara stopped by yesterday afternoon, I gave her two muffin tins, a whisk, a bundt pan, a large cast iron skillet, a set of overproof casserole dishes, electric coffee grinder, colander, and the infamous madeleine pan. Also the royal blue Kitchen Aid mixer with all its accessories.
Tom wanted to keep the larger, attractive colander, pointing out that we'd use it if it were the only one, but was agreeable to letting the mixer go. He remembered the time he had burned the engine out making pizza dough and how Kitchen Aid had replaced it. They’re great that way.
And the Macina Legumi? I think I’ll offer it on eBay and see if anyone knows what to do with all those little disks and cups.
P.S. Just got an email from Barbara: “hey were VERY THANKFUL for the kitchen things. Actually they were very excited as they have very little. LOVED the mixer.”
And that’s what makes it even more worthwhile.
I mentioned I would give some of your responses to the Monday Morning Challenge today, so here goes:
One way I've found to pass along things I need to clear out is freecycle. It's a yahoo group that is arranged by geographical area (I'm in East Suffolk Freecycle), and the purpose is to keep things out of the landfill. Recently I've passed on knitting needles, printer cartridges for the printer I no longer have, and the most surprising, the portable typewriter that I used back in college. People can post offers or requests, and both ways can help clear out an enormous variety of stuff.
Older out-of-date clothes, and other assorted stuff, can be donated to school drama groups for use as costumes and props.
.I've given a nurse I work with several of my clear large and small vases for her new house, for a southern window that she wants to "root" plants, It's fun to help her learn about plants--and she has an 8 year old boy who has taken books that Lydia loved and he loves them.....It is absolutely exciting "thinking about who could use it more..."
And finally, a cautionary tale:
One exceptionally alert day I decided that I really wasn't going to use a bin of "wash cloth yarn". It was the cotton yarn that you literally used to make dish rags. It took up valuable space so I thought of donating it to a community center or nursing home, but in a frenzy of "clean out or die" I put it all in a big plastic bag with a large sign that said "please take!" and put it in front of the dumpster at our complex. Feeling smug about my choice of quick removal and adding good will to my little community, I checked every ten minutes to see if the bag was gone.
Aha! after several hours it had been taken. I felt so worthy of being in the human race, simply bursting with crocheted sunshine auras around my head. The next day, on my early morning traipse around the parking lot for exercise, I saw the Winter Brother's garbage truck lift the dumpster and saw my bag of cotton yarn being swallowed into the jaws of the compacter with a growl and grind. My aura turned to coal dust. Next time I won't be so lazy and I'll take the donated goodies where they will be used.