Kitchen sink w/ one 'lil basin, one big basin

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  1. Lakee911

    Lakee911 I&C Engineer (mostly WWTP)

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    We have tentatively picked out a Karran sink for our remodel. It's the Tuscany model. It is under mount and one basin is smaller than the other.

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    I like it because of its looks. Not a boring same ole two basins side by side typical sink. I figure the smallish basin would be used for vegetable washing, stuff like that. We don't put that much waste down the disposer--'fraid it'll clog old pipes. What else is the smallish basin used for and why do I want it?

    Thx,
    Jason
  2. jimbo

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    You said it: You picked it because you like the looks. Nothing about a small sink makes any kitchen task easier to do. If you are going for a three-bowl, it makes sense for one of them to be small just to reduce the overall size.

    The sink you chose is very nice looking with that single hole faucet. It also shows off your counterrop material very nicely.. SO, this was a very good choice, but it doesn't help the little woman cook better of faster!
  3. prashster

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    I have a double sink like that. Aesthetically great, but functionally useless, IMHO. I much prefer a shallow, wide, single tub sink. You can get far more dishes into it, and it doesn't strain yr back to reach in.

    Does anyone REALLY put vegetables in a vegetable sink?
  4. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    Every time I go to wash any food in my nice, huge, single-basin sink, my wife gets The Look of Terror on her face and, with a keen sense of the obvious says, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"
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    Washing vegetables is for pansies. I like my carrots with pesticide. Tastes like parmesan.
  6. Mikey

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    I dunno, I've heard too many stories about how pesticides make you unattractive to the opposite sex, so I'll keep on washing my veggies (as if that would help). I use Dawn and a scrubbrush on potatoes, which also makes She Who Must Be Obeyed roll her eyes.
  7. Mike50

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    Here are the new generation Kohler double sinks. Pretty nice.
    http://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecatalog/newproducts_detail.jsp?section=1&aid=1142519007681

    Below url is the double sink I've had for almost two years now. The unusual shape was designed to hold large long handled skillets and it will also hold large stock pots-slow cooker inserts. They are GREAT. If you cook--you "get it" My large calphalon skillet which I use for pancakes measures 22 inches-end to end and it fits in the large sink perfectly for cleaning.

    http://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecata...02&prod_num=3361-1&section=1&category=5&ssm=1


    I like the small sink because it's just better for waste/disposal/cleaning use especially if you live alone.
    I don't wash vegetables in the small sink either but it's just easier to keep it clean for coffee mugs etc.

    Double sink is really a cook thing imo.
    example: Large pot of boiling pasta/potatoes in large sink then you have small sink to strain and rinse.


    I try to install newer shapes and textures in general if they work well.
    I just get tired of looking at the same old appliances.
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  8. Mike50

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    I don't even want to know where you got that idea from Mikey.
    :D

    I don't wash my veg but if I did I'd use vinegar/water in spray bottle.
  9. Mikey

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    Hey, dirt is dirt. Dawn does a heck of a job on dirt. I only use it on dirt-rich veggies like potatoes and carrots. Everything else gets an ice-water rinse. I always leave the skins on, so want them to be squeaky clean -- nothing quite like biting down on a grain of dirt in your mashed potatoes.
  10. Lakee911

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    Thanks for the comments. I'll pass on the word.

    Jason
  11. Mike50

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    Hmm. This must be a regional thing Mikey. The brand of taters we get around here seriously just aren't dirty at all. Ice water--interesting...
  12. prashster

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    I debur and deoxidize my spuds with emory cloth. Then I flux them before cooking them with my Bernzomatic "El Cheapo".
  13. Pewterpower

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    This is why I prefer M&M's and Ice Cream, over all that fruit and veggies junk. ;)
  14. Mike50

    Mike50 DIY Senior Member

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    You betcha. Myself..I try to eat some BBQ Pig or steak at least once per week.
  15. prashster

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    I believe fruits are supposed to be washed in the third, optional "fruit sink" compartment. Washing veggies in the fruit sink or fruits in the veggie sink is a Martha Stewart world (er, we're in a Rachael Ray world now, right?).

    Now, which sink do the tomatoes get washed in? Aren't they technically fruits? Why is it called V8?


    Sorry, I digress. (I feel like Cookie!) ;)
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  16. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    Man, you sure know how to ask the tough questions...

    ...and the answers are fascinating. Campbell's officially says (on their US V8 site) that V8 is a blend of 8 vegetable juices, and calls it 100% vegetable. Which 8 vegetables, exactly? A great trivia question, and maybe good for winning a beer bet -- er, V8 bet -- in a Vegan bar somewhere. One of them is watercress, believe it or not.

    On their UK Web site, however, they call it a blend of fruit and vegetable juices up front, but in the details they revert to "100% vegetable juice", with the same list of 8 "vegetable" juices.


    Botanically speaking, the tomato is a fruit because it is a ripened mature ovary containing seed. There is apparently a horticultural rationale for calling it a vegetable, but as in all controversies, the lawyers had the last word: it was classified as a vegetbale in 1893 by the Supreme Court for trade reasons (imposing import taxes to protect growers).
    Full disclosure: I condensed a bunch of Googled stuff for the last 2 paragraphs. I may be geeky, but I'm not that good.
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