There’s a certain amount of trepidation all cooks face when approaching a new recipe. For instance, there could be a tool that you don’t necessarily want to buy that is essential for the recipe. How many of us can justify spending hundreds of dollars on a new kitchen gadget we will likely use only once? But this is where the kitchen tool library steps in to help. As MyRecipes explains, kitchen tool libraries exist so you don’t need to spend all that money to create that special meal.
There are two kinds of kitchen tool lending systems. The first type is a subscription service; the Maine Tool Library of Portland is one such type that uses a sliding scale for its recommended donation. The idea is that, as the library is a community resource, those who can contribute more, should. With your $75 family membership, you can access their entire inventory of tools, including kitchen appliances. The second type works within the local library system. As the Washington Post notes, there are numerous local libraries nationwide. One is the Berkeley Public Library in California, which loans everything from cake pans to air fryers. So, the next time you’re thinking of purchasing a new tool for your kitchen, contact your local library and see if it has one available to borrow. You’ll save money and support one of the greatest public institutions in the nation.