Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I'll admit it. I like (kitchen) gadgets. For me, they simplify tasks and often save some time and effort. Here are some of my favorite kitchen things.

The Alligator Chopper best for chopping slices of onions, potatoes, celery, carrots, cucumbers, and bell peppers. It's pretty easy to use and gets uniform cubes done. No more onion tears!

The next must-have is the Microplane Grater/Zester.
I first saw this grater in a cooking class and a light bulb went off in my head! It makes grating and getting lemon/lime/orange zest a breeze. I use mine for grating hard cheese, ginger, and citrus fruit.

Another favorite of mine is the food chopper from The Pampered Chef. It makes mincing a couple of cloves of garlic a cinch. I find this helpful for releasing a little aggression as you have to push down on the handle several times to chop. It also comes apart easily and you can put it in the dishwasher.

Speaking of garlic, I found a great device for peeling garlic. Not sure what the "regular" way of removing the pesky skin is. I recommend the garlic peeler.

My next favorite item is one that I didn't think I would buy or use or like. It's a citrus wedger. It neatly slices limes or lemons in uniform wedges in one swift motion. Very handy if you're like my husband who likes a lime wedge in his Corona.

Another citrus related gadget is the lemon squeezer. This one allows you to get maximum juice without the seeds. I usually put a small bowl underneath as a spoon won't do. Trust me. I've used lime and orange wedges in here as well and it's equally effective.

If you're like me, you'll find this next gadget useful-an herb mincer. It has four blades that chop most herbs quickly. You can control how fine you want your herbs. The only ones I don't recommend using the mincer for are rosemary and thyme. Works really well on parsley and cilantro. You just roll it back and forth in different directions. It opens up for easy cleaning. Be sure to open it and rinse it really well before washing.

Another favorite gadget (for now) is the ball whisk. Sound weird, works wonders. This whisk shortens whisking time. No more batter clumps in the whisk. You can use it to whip up to 8 eggs or 1 1/2 pints of cream.

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