Lynn’s Favorite Kitchen Gadgets
Full confession: I love kitchen gadgets! So much so that not too long ago, I had to put a post up on the site on my favorites My 10 Favorite Kitchen Gadgets. Since then, I have added a few and thought it would be a good idea to have a resource page that I can update anytime I find some other nifty kitchen gadget that I just can’t do without!
And while, I’m not a medicine cabinet snoop, I am a kitchen gadget drawer snoop. It’s always eye-opening to see what gadgets my fellow kitchen-istas keep on hand and actively use.
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Smart Funnel Multi Purpose Funnel – Drip It, Pour It, Store It
An OXO Good Grips Wooden Reamer. When I worked at Williams-Sonoma, this was one of the items that we would sell out of quickly and when it came back in stock, would be bought in multiples. It’s so much more functional than many other lemon juicers out there, proving that simpler is often better.
These hand blenders are so ‘handy’ in so many ways! We use the primary emulsifier to blend soups, sauces and salad dressings. I use it to ‘whip’ the milk in my son’s Chai Latte on cold mornings. I use the whip attachment in the jar to whisk egg whites. The small ‘food processor’ attachment is handy for small quantities of nuts or for blending spices.
We were probably the last family in America to purchase a Countertop Oven and I don’t know why I waited so long! I do know why actually, I’m an anti-clutter gal and didn’t want one sitting on my counter. However, the models today are so compact and light that it is easily stored under my counter and brought out as necessary, which is at least 2-3 times per week. What do I love about it? The primary reason I would recommend one is that you can warm up leftover pizza, cook a few slices of bacon, bake a potato or make croutons and garlic bread without having to heat up your much larger oven. Not only does it save energy aka money, but the whole process is much quicker as you are heating a much smaller space. LOVE THIS!
Another device I use frequently when making stocks.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many garlic press/crushers I’ve owned since I’ve had my own kitchen. I had many of the traditional hinged ones and some not so traditional ones. I found this one several years ago in a fantastic kitchen store in Charleston, SC and it is my hands-down favorite. My search for a garlic press is over. There’s nothing to break and it washes up great.
I really hemmed and hawed before I broke down and brought this Spiralizer home from Williams-Sonoma. It felt kinda gimmick-ey to me and I just wasn’t sure I’d use it. After owning it for a year, I’m glad I bought it. I don’t use it all the time, probably once a month (though my daughter probably uses more often than that), but since I’ve stopped eating traditional wheat pasta, it’s a great tool to make zucchini and sweet potato noodles. There’s a whole website, Inspiralized, dedicated to recipes using your Spiralizer.
I slowly phased out my plastic storage containers for two reasons; I wanted to avoid the chemicals that leach from the plastic into your food, whether microwaved or not and I don’t like having my fruit taste like the onion that was previously stored in the container. I started buying Anchor Hocking, but found that their lids didn’t hold up to being used in the freezer regularly. I’ve since become a Pyrex glass container girl. And…you probably knew this already, but the rectangular shaped storage is much more space-efficient than the round, so I’ve started just going rectangular.
Vitamix 5300 Series, Black
I’m not a frivolous gal. I like to think I’m rather utilitarian, with just a little side of bling. When it came time to replace my KitchenAid blender, I looked long at hard at my options. I kept coming back to THE Vitamix Blender, but the price tag was hard to swallow. Ultimately, we bit the bullet and are so glad we did. We LOVE our VitaMix. If you are a Costco member, they often have VitaMix events, which is when I got mine. Without exaggeration, this VitaMix is used at least once a day, usually twice. Making smoothies is a breeze. We’ve made (and heated) soup in our VitaMix. I make almond milk, coconut milk, almond butter, peanut butter. I haven’t tried grinding grains; I don’t have the container for that, but it’s on my wish list. From my Williams-Sonoma experience, I never heard or saw anyone ever complain about their VitaMix or return it to the store. It’s a good product.
My Cuisinart 12-Cup Food Processor, is another kitchen staple. I like the one I have because it has a smaller nesting bowl for when you need to process smaller amounts. The reversible shredding blade has a thin shred and a thick shred. My most recent uses for my food processor include, making Thai Basil Pesto, making the crust and crumb for my Cherry Oat Bars, slicing the cabbage for our Thai Black Rice Bowls and grinding eggshells for compost. The only downside is that it’s a heavy thing.
My 5″ Wusthof Serrated Utility Knife . Sometimes, when I’m feeling frivolous, I think I really need 2 of these knives as the one I have is always being used. But then, I settle back to ground and realize I could just wash it after every use so its always available. A very handy knife for cutting vegetables, fruits and meat.
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