I think this journalist from the Indy Star just needs to take a couple deep breaths and lighten up. For a little background, one of the time saving tips that Rachael Ray gives is to place a large plastic bowl on your countertop so that you can easily toss scraps, wrappers, and cans in it without having to make trips to the trash can. She calls said bowl a garbage bowl and it sells on Amazon for about 15 bucks.
Now, Rachael uses a vintage melamine bowl for her garbage bowl. Hers are fun and spunky looking and they can get pretty pricey on E-Bay. Because she got so many requests asking where to get the bowls she uses (I got a fair share of emails asking me the same question), Rachael launched her own line of melamine Garbage Bowls that have the same fun look as the vintage ones she uses on TV, but for less cash.
Now, I hate to put myself in the role of Garbage Bowl Defender, but I can't help myself. First, the beauty of the garbage bowl is that it is large (much larger than the journalist's suggested cool whip or sour cream containers). Second, the garbage bowl sits on the counter, right next to where you are preparing the food. So, it saves time because you don't have to fuss with a bag hanging from a hook, or pushing down the trash in the can, or dragging your trash can around the kitchen and having items fall from it onto the floor as you are cooking. It all just sits nice and neat on your counter and with one dump, it's in the trash.
Plus, if we have to explain to you why it's fun to have a cute/special bowl for your garbage bowl, then you wouldn't understand the answer. And I have this question for the journalist that wrote this piece - isn't it amazing that we live in a world where journalists have the luxury of writing an entire article about a plastic bowl?