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Throwing in the kitchen towel

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There are two things that are essential in my kitchen, a sharp chef’s knife and plenty of clean kitchen towels.

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I have extensive experience with beach towels, I always carry moist towelettes with me in case I run in to an unexpected BBQ and when the going gets tough, I often throw in the towel.

They go by many names. Dishtowels, hand towels even paper towels. They were originally known in Victorian England as tea towels, but the preferred towels back then were the flour sack towels because they absorbed 50% faster and dried kitchenware and countertops fast while adding a sparkle to glasses and windows. Now I sound like a freaking Bounty commercial. Sorry.

Today a towel has many more uses than quickly cleaning up unexpected spills. Sorry again, I’ve got that damn quicker picker upper commercial still in my head.

Dampen a towel, place it on the counter under a cutting board and it will not slide around while you are chopping broccoli. Fine meshed towels can be used as strainers and once you make bread dough, place it in a bowl to rise and cover it with a damp towel to let it proof. It also helps prevent dough from drying out or cracking. Once you have the bread baked, line a basket with a towel throw the bread in it and place towel on top to keep it warm. I also use my towel as a pot holder when grabbing a dish out of the oven or taking a lid off a hot pot on the stove.

Dampen a towel and wrap fresh herbs in it, and store them in the fridge to keep them press. In a pinch, use a towel as a shepherd’s headdress if you land a role in the Nativity Scene at the Christmas pageant. I also like to sneak up behind Ursula in the kitchen and place my towel over her mouth while whispering, “Does this towel smell like chloroform to you?” It scares the bejeebies out of her. A wet kitchen towel curled up tight also makes an excellent towel whip when Ursula is walking in her bikini.

So there are a few towel tips you may not have heard of. In honor of our friend the towel, the workhorse of the kitchen, let’s make a towel cocktail to celebrate.

Sex on the Beach Towel

1 Oz. Vodka

1 Oz. Midori Melon Liqueur

1 Oz. Raspberry Liqueur

2 Oz. Pineapple Juice

2 Oz. Cranberry Juice

Throw it all in a shaker filled with cubes. Shake, shake, shake and pour in to a hurricane glass decorate with a froufrou umbrella.

Check out the slideshow for some important highlights of the history of the towel and stay absorbent my friends.

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