April 30, 2012

10 Fun, Frivolous & Affordable Kitchen Gadgets

One of my favorite things about cooking is all the modern utensils that are available to help make every step just a little bit easier.  Some items are almost a little too frivolous nowadays.  A mango pitter?  Special knife just for cutting watermelon?  Banana slicer?

I'd like to think that my little gadget indulgences are at least a little bit practical and I'd like to share 10 of my all time favorites with you...

  1. Strawberry Huller. ($7.95)  My friend Marcia gave me one of these for my birthday and I had never used or thought that I needed one.  Wrong.  Now, with strawberries in season, it gets pulled out once a week to effortlessly pluck their little green tops off without sacrificing too much of the actual fruit. 
  2. Garlic Peeler. ($9.00) I've always silently cursed garlic for being so darn difficult to peel.  It's sticky and there are a million layers and it makes your fingers reek for days.  With this simple, silicon tube you just stick the garlic bulb inside, roll back and forth and voila!  You're done.
  3. Citrus Reamer. ($3.95)  I use lemon juice for just about everything.  On fish, chicken, vegetables or to add a little flavor to water.  A reamer is great for squeezing literally every little bit of lemon (or any citrus fruit) juice out.  
  4. Salad Dressing Mixer. ($14.95)  A dressing mixer is a must-have in every kitchen cabinet.  Just add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, some mustard, salt and pepper to stir up a simple and delicious homemade dressing.
  5. Silicone Basting Brush. ($10.00)  Use it to apply egg on pastries, BBQ sauce on chicken, olive oil on vegetables.   
  6. Cherry/Olive Pitter. ($7.95)  Okay, this one is a teeny bit indulgent but it's so, so convenient and everyone's accidentally bit down on a pit and almost chipped a tooth, right?  Simply place your pitted food item inside the little holder and press down to remove the tooth/choking hazard.
  7. Ice Cream Scooper.  ($12.95)  Just say no to using a regular spoon for scooping your ice cream.  Seriously, there's something so nostalgic and just a tad fancy about using one of these classic kitchen gadgets.  Bonus Tip:  Soak in hot water beforehand to make serving dessert even easier!
  8. Grapefruit Spoons.  ($4.00)  Grapefruits are so much more enjoyable when all you have to do is slide a little serrated spoon into each citrus wedge.  That's what she said.  I'm sorry, I couldn't help it.
  9. Bamboo Skewers.  ($6.95) Pair these with a plate of meats, cheeses, pitted olives, fruit, tea sandwiches or other mini appetizers for dainty nibbling.
  10. Egg Poach Pods.  ($9.95)  Poaching eggs is a bitch.  But not when you use these little beauties.  Boil a few inches of water in a pan and float the greased-up silicone poach pods.  Crack an egg in to each and you'll have a perfectly poached egg in only a few minutes.


Christine said...

Dainty nibbling is my favorite kind of nibbling.

One of my favorite unnecessary kitchen gadgets is a foil cutter for wine bottles. Anything that allows me to get to the wine faster is good.