Oscar the Grouch Would Love This

Can I say that I’m in serious like with a trash can? I’m in the kitchen a lot, and my hands are often goopy, so I want a can that will open without my hands. I used to have one that would open automatically when I placed my hands over it, but it suffered a slow and painful death. Mostly it was painful for my patience as it wouldn’t open when I wanted it to. The best part of that trash can was how it scared people when they’d walk by and accidentally open it, a sort of kitchen physical comedy show.

This is the greatest trash can I've ever owned. I'm a rabid fan.

This is the greatest trash can I’ve ever owned. I’m a rabid fan.

So I began searching in earnest for a new can that would fit my discerning needs. There’s only one place it can go in my kitchen. It needs to be rectangular-ish, open without touching, be easy to get bags in and out of, have the ability to keep the lid open all the time, and match our other appliances (stainless). I found this Simple Human 45-Liter Butterfly Step Can at Bed, Bath & Beyond. After searching all over the Internet, I decided this was the can, $120 plus 20% off of course. (Never buy anything at BBB for full price!) At first I was dismayed to discover that my Costco trash bags didn’t fit. This can required a special Simple Human trash bag. Arg! It came with five sample bags and wouldn’t you know it, they’re bigger and stronger than my Costco bags AND I found them online in bulk for about the same amount I pay for the Costco ones. (Free shipping with Amazon Prime.)

All in all, I love this trash can. It is stylish, really durable, opens easy, closes slowly, holds a ton, and the bags are super strong. While I won’t hang out in it all day like Oscar, I am usually hanging out with it in the kitchen.

About Chef Ro

I am executive chef of Barcellona Bites, a boutique catering and personal chef service in Folsom, CA. I am also a wife, mom of two college-aged daughters in the Pacific Northwest, yogi and animal lover. Please LIKE my facebook page for tasty recipes, helpful information and kitchen, cooking and lifestyle tips. www.facebook.com/barcellonabites
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