I’m coming clean with you. I am a
KITCHEN GADGET FANATIC. Whew, there I've confessed. There is no cure for it, other than staying out of stores that carry kitchen gadgets and small appliances and, honestly, I don’t have the willpower to do that.
Yes, I’m fortunate to have a Kitchen Aid Mixer, the Cuisinart 14-Cup Elite & Mini Food Processors, a Cuisinart hand mixer, and most of the other appliances that many
of us have. But I have a lot of what I think are some cool, fun, handy, and fairly inexpensive kitchen gadgets as well.
I took photos of each item, but no longer see a way to upload photos to this site. If I find out this is possible, I’ll add them later. I’m providing you with some
links, where possible, to give you a visual, so just click on the name of each product which I’ve underlined.
I was in a Williams-Sonoma outlet store a couple weeks ago, and I said to my husband: “...you know what, there’s nothing in here that I really need.” He became weak
in the knees and looked for a chair to sit down. Now mind you, I did still manage to find a couple on-sale little things to bring home that day, I do have an image to uphold. Let me share with you a few of the gadgets that I use in my kitchen, many of which
you may have.
When I was working, I was out of town on business one evening, unable to fall asleep, and was watching late night television. The first and only time I ever succumbed
to an infomercial was when I ordered the Vidalia
Onion Wizard, and there was no “...but wait, if you order now, we’ll also send you...” It was simply one of those “I have to have that” moments. It is a chopper, and is a gadget that I use all
I know, I know, I've already told you that I have both full-size and mini food processors. The thing I like about this is that it uniformly chops everything, cooking evenly, and presentation is nicer than using the food processor. It works great for chopping
apples to go into a coffee cake or sweet bread. If you use the smaller blade, you'll get a bite of apple in every bite. Now stop laughing.
I must admit, I tried using it for chopping some cheddar cheese into cubes, and the plastic broke, so I had to get a replacement. Progressive makes what to me looks
like an identical product. It costs a lot less, so that's what I bought, and I've had it for years. I chop onions, peppers, soft fruit, strawberries and peaches for preserves, etc., and it does a fantastic job. Comes with two different-size blades, and
it all goes into the dishwasher.
Immersion Blender & Chopper
is one of the most useful appliances I’ve ever bought, and I literally use it just about every day. I got the “deal of deals” At Costco and paid $24.99 which included an in-store rebate. In addition to the immersion blender, it came with a chopper and
a whisk. It also came with a plastic beaker which works great for whipping cream with the whisk. Every cook should have an immersion blender, and this is a good one!!
I have probably been using my
microwave pasta and bean cooker for 15+ years. It was a gift, and it’s still in incredibly good shape. I don’t use it often for cooking dry beans, but I use it all the time for perfectly-cooked pasta at 9 minutes...start
to finish. You know exactly when it’ll be ready to plate, and it's wonderful for timing the rest of your meal. Unfortunately, I cannot find a link for my cooker, probably because it’s so old.
I cook often for leftovers, and many things like rice, couscous, and vegetables, for example, go into zip-lock bags and into the freezer. This
baggy storage holder is adjustable in height, folds flat, and you never have to worry about spilling anything because the top of the bag stays open.
I can pickled peppers once a year, and being the moderate wimp that I am, have to remove at least some of the seeds from the peppers, otherwise, they’re just too hot.
I slice off the top of the pepper, insert the chile
twister and tomato corer, turn the handle, and it removes the seeds and ribs from the pepper. Genius!!
If you like cherries but hate the job of pitting them, this is for you. This little
pitter pits multiple cherries at one time. You just position the cherry on the plastic platform, stem side up, press down, and the pits and stems fall to the bottom of the holder.
We enjoy soft-boiled eggs quite often for breakfast, and the soft
boiled egg topper-cutter slices off the top of an egg, which is then ready for toast dipping. All you do is place it on the top of an egg, squeeze the handle, and off it comes, perfectly sliced.
I make my salad dressings, and this
battery-operated whisk is so handy for emulsifying.
In the past, I always used the blender, now I make most of them by hand, using this whisk. Anything you need to whisk works great with this well-made product. I bought it at Williams-Sonoma Outlet Store at a great price.
Once you get used to
measuring spoons, you’ll never want to use anything else. It has a spoon on each end, and I use the oval-shaped end for dry ingredients (slides right down into the spice bottle) and the round end
for liquid measurements. They’re flat on the bottom, so they’ll rest without tipping over. They’re magnetic which is great for storage, and they stick to anything metal. I often just stick them on the microwave when I'm cooking. Love them.
Some friends gave me a
which sits on the kitchen sink. It's true, it can be a challenge for somebody to find something new for me, but this one was a surprise. I had no idea this little dispenser saves you about 75% on your liquid soap. Press down once, and it dispenses
foam. Never thought about it before, but so many public restrooms have foam dispensers, and I now know why…it saves you money!
And finally, one of my recent purchases, the
Spiral Vegetable Slicer. If you want to wow somebody with presentation, this will do it! Having an incredible amount of fun with this new gadget. When I recently bought this from Amazon, it was under $30, so I don’t understand
the big price increase. It’s also available at Bed, Bath & Beyond where you can use one of those 20% off coupons that come in the mail on a regular basis.
I’ve been accumulating these gadgets over a number of years, so in many cases, I bought them on sale or at considerably less than you see on the links I’ve provided.
I admit that I’m spoiled when it comes to kitchen gadgets, but they don’t stay in the drawer,
I use ALL of them. And friends and family all know that I love receiving them for gifts.
I’m always looking for the next cool gadget, but I may need a bigger kitchen soon because I’m just about max’d out on storage space. Things are now spilling over into
closets in bedrooms. I also love dishes, glasses, tablecloths, napkins, and placements, but I’ll save that for a future blog. Yes, I’m a fanatic there, too! Must be something in my genes.
What are some of your favorite kitchen gadgets???