If we were to count up utensils, knives, gadgets and gizmos in our crowded kitchens, I’ll bet the number would be astonishing. If you are like me, you may have dozens of spatulas, spoons, graters, zesters, squeezers, tossers, choppers, melon ballers, cherry pitters, and who knows what else packed in your kitchen drawers and cabinets. I’ve accumulated these tools over the years, many of which, I hardly, if ever, use. In a relatively small kitchen like mine, it can make it hard to find the tools we really do want to use when we need them. (Hey, maybe we should create one drawer just for our favorite things!)
Just last night I used my metal skewers to make kabobs (with pork, pineapple and red bell pepper that were so delicious – I’ll share the recipe soon!). I probably only use those skewers about twice a year, but I would never let them go because they are so useful for kabobs. On the other hand, I have about 50 wooden skewers cluttering the same drawer, and I don’t remember the last time I used them.
But there are some gadgets in my kitchen, like yours I’m sure, that see a lot of action. Below I list some of my very favorites in order of how often I use them. In case you’re in need of more kitchen contraptions, I’ve included a link wherever possible to purchase your very own set of my favorite tools:
Wooden (or bamboo) cutting boards: I use at least 2 of these every day. Chopping on wood is better for your knives and the wood has natural antimicrobial properties that help to keep you safe. I have one board that I use specifically for raw meat and the others I use interchangeably.
Citrus squeezer: You may have noticed that I like to flavor a lot of dishes with fresh lemon and lime, and this juicer makes it practically effortless to do so (easy cleanup, too). My kids love using this.
OXO kitchen tongs: I discovered a couple of years ago that tongs have so many uses. They’re great for flipping smaller items in a pan or on the grill, turning items that are marinating, and they’re also handy for serving many foods. I often use them instead of a spatula.
OXO peeler: Another well-designed gadget from OXO, this peeler is easy to use and the thick base makes it easy to grip. I use it on carrots, eggplants, cucumbers, apples, and potatoes, and loads of other veggies.
Chef’n palm potato scrubber: I just think this scrubber is so clever because you slip your finger into the back of this brush so it doesn’t slip out of your hands while you scrub potatoes or other vegetables. I also like that I can clean it on the top rack of the dishwasher.
I’d love to hear what your favorite kitchen tools and gadgets are. Please share them in a comment below.
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