I hate to disappoint, but I don’t have a recipe to share today – just some (what I hope is) helpful information. I was chatting with a friend about what kitchen gadgets I used the most – from salad spinners and silicone funnels to mesh strainers. I spend a lot of time in my kitchen… I would guess that 3-5 times a day I’m in there prepping, slicing, dicing, chopping, peeling, stirring, mixing, rolling, baking, well – you get the idea. So today I’m sharing with you all 5 of the kitchen tools I can’t live without and added bonus, they are all $15 or less. Christmas is coming sooner than you think 😉 and any of these gadgets would make a great gift for anyone in your life who loves to cook!
I love my KitchenAid Silicone-Tipped Tongs! I use them for everything: to turn meat in a skillet or on the grill, to flip bacon on a baking sheet, to fold pasta and sauce together, to toss together a quick stir-fry, to dress and serve up a salad, and to rotate hot dishes in the oven. I have a pair that are just stainless steel but I really only use them for tossing and serving salads because I am afraid they will scratch my pots and pans. The silicone ones do a phenomenal job – and without doing any damage to your pans!
In my last 9 years of having my own kitchen (and kitchen tools), I am still using my original vegetable peeler. The first and only one I’ve ever owned. And it’s not because I don’t peel vegetables that often… from carrots and potatoes to butternut squash and apples. I use this peeler at least 3 times a week. I always throw it in the dishwasher, I’ve never sharpened it and this and this old, reliable peeler hasn’t failed me yet! I know some people are talented enough to just use a paring knife. The scars on my fingers would suggest that I am not one of these people. I strongly encourage you to bite the bullet and invest the $8.99 in the Oxo Good Grips peeler. I would almost guarantee that this will be the only vegetable peeler you will need – for at least 9 years 😉
I realize that this is not a tool that’s considered a necessity in everyone’s kitchen. But you guys – it totally should be! For one thing, if you don’t own one of these you may avoiding recipes that call for ingredients like fresh citrus zest or freshly grated ginger and horseradish – or even just something as simple as parmesan cheese or dark chocolate. I know people who use a box grater and think that it is basically the same thing. A box grater is an awesome tool and even though it has an fine grate side, maybe even a fine shred side too… is not the same thing as using a microplane zester! At less than $15 a piece this a little kitchen tool that makes a big impact in your kitchen – and it will last a long time. I’ve got mine as a wedding present so it’s 8 years old and its in excellent condition. I would highly recommend you consider purchasing one of these.
My mother-in-law actually got me hooked on these little spatulas. She knows how much I appreciate gadgets for my kitchen and knew I’d love these, so she grabbed them up when she saw them on sale. And I honestly do love them. They are perfect for mixing up all kinds of batters like pancakes, muffins, cakes, and also frostings. But I also use them for things like making creamy salad dressings, stirring hot pots of oatmeal, or scooping out Sunbutter and jelly. The uses are probably infinite – and for the price ($7 for 2) I think every kitchen should have a pair!
I probably have 7 pairs of scissors in my house. (Half of them are practically worthless, rounded edge child’s scissors…) But then I have this amazing pair of KitchenAid kitchen scissors. If you don’t have a pair of scissors that are specifically kitchen shears – you’re totally missing out. It simplifies tasks like cutting herbs and green onions. And it also works really well for gross jobs like trimming whole chickens (or the 40lbs of chicken breasts because no matter how disgusting I think raw chicken is, at $1.79/lb, I find it irresistible…) Unlike ordinary sharp scissors, kitchen shears are also dishwasher safe! And for $9 – these kitchen shears are affordable too.
So that’s it for now. And if you all found this interesting or helpful, please let me know. I don’t just love cooking and talking about recipes – kitchen tools are near and dear to my heart as well;) and I would always love to share more of my favorites.
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