Garbage Bowl vs. Scrap Bag

Use for Produce Bags

Long before Rachel Ray brought out her garbage bowl for recipe preparation, my husband’s grandmother introduced me to the Hefty Scrap Bag Holder. Affectionately called “Big Mother,” she prepared more meals in her 99 years than I will if I live to be 105.

Before the Scrap Bag Holder

I have prepared countless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in my life. And there are no telling how many crusts I have cut off the bread. I can’t count the number of seals I’ve cut away from peanut butter jars.  Who knows how many jelly glasses I’ve emptied! I opened my trash door a million times before Big Mother introduced me to the Scrap Bag Holder.

Scrap Bag Holder

The plastic bag holder is simple to snap together.


Once it is snapped into its’ U-shape, it is ready for the Hefty Scrap Bag refills.

Use for Produce Bags

Or…. like I was taught by Big Mother, you use the produce bags you bring home from the grocer. Now, I grant you that it is not as pretty as the garbage bowl…

Garbage Bowl by Rachel Ray

Easy Storage

But when I’m finished cooking something like Thai Peanut Pork Rub, I simply throw away the scrap bag and store my holder away.

Flat Storage

I have had my scrap bag holder for many years and as I feared they are no longer available. However, I searched the internet for a version like this to share with you and found this one from QCI Direct . It is currently selling for about $9.00 compared to the Garbage Bowl at $34.

Which do you prefer? A bowl or a scrap bag? I’d love to know how you dispose of your scraps while preparing your Thai Peanut Pork Rub with Zucchini Noodles.

17 thoughts on “Garbage Bowl vs. Scrap Bag

    1. Hi Bonnie!

      This article was written years ago and as far as I know they no longer make the holder. So sorry, I wish I had better news.

  1. I need a holder for the Hefty scrap bags. Wished I could find a metal one. The bowl would be great for the plastic shopping bags. I would like to have both


  3. I’ve used a compromise, which is a plastic grocery bag inside my 2qt Pampered Chef batter bowl. (ie the larger size). I typically use reusable bags for shopping, and just get the plastic ones when I’m running low. Quick rinse of the bowl and its ready for next time.

  4. I typically use a bowl but sometimes I also use a plastic grocery bag. I have to have a clear counter while I cook, and I wash utensils as I cook. My husband; however, oh boy. Let’s just say I prefer the kitchen to myself. 🙂

  5. I, like you, opened my cabinet door to get to the garbage can maybe a million times before I saw Rachel Ray with her garbage bowl. It made me feel kinda silly that I hadn’t thought of that before. So, I just started using a glass bowl out of my set from Williams Sonoma. I don’t just use it for garbage though, as it’s only kitchen scraps and nothing really nasty. I just empty and then wash it at the end of meal prep and put it back into the pantry.
    That plastic gizmo is pretty neat, too, though.

  6. Since my scrap bag holder finally bit the dust after many years of use, I also use plastic bags from the grocer and then pitch them. Sweet of you to mention Mother. You are right, so many meals and all delicious!

  7. I just told my husband last night that my favorite feature I ever had in any kitchen was a slide-out garbage can beneath my cooking area. I left it cracked open and just slid things right in.

    Your bag idea is intriguing and something I’ll definitely remember. Thanks for the tip!

  8. I use plastic grocery bags for all my kitchen scraps, but they get tossed immediately. I like a clean and neat countertop and I’m always worried about bugs, so nothing ever stays out that might attract them.

  9. I use a scrap bowl, although not nearly as pretty as the one you pictured. It is a plain clear plastic bowl. The down side to a bowl is that I have to wash it when I am finished. I like the bag better, no washing. I will have to check into the one you found. Thanks.

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