Although we quite like our kitchen, we would love to be able to make a few changes. It's a large kitchen with plenty of room to put in an island.
We would really like to do that! It would be much more efficient for all the canning we do. A large island could be custom designed so that the cupboards and drawers could hold a lot of our canning equipment. Jars would still need to be stored downstairs, because we have so many of them.
If we put in an island we could do all our filling of jars on there. Plus, we would have a large space for all the jars to be set on there when they come out of the canner. We like to leave our jars for 24 hours after they come out of the canner and so we could make use of the island for this. This would free up quite a bit of perimeter countertop.
I've always like the islands with an overhang on the one side. That way we could have barstools on that side, so we could just pull up a chair when we need to snap beans or shell peas.
I'm wondering about countertops. For those of you who have granite countertops, can you put hot pots (as in right off the stove) onto the granite?
What do you think would be the best for a countertop?
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