Thursday, October 5, 2017

Who Ever Has Enough Kitchen Gadgets?

During the month of October, I will be participating in the Write 31 Days hosted by Crystal Stine. My category is Food, Health & Wellness and my theme is "Into The Kitchen". 

Aside from the normal microwave, coffee makers and toasters what do you use in the kitchen that saves you time and simplifies your life? 

If you ever have browsed through a kitchen shop or the kitchen section in a department store, you've probably seen that there is a gadget for just about everything from slicing your eggs to hulling strawberries, from lemon and lime squeezers to that little thingamajig you have no idea what it does. Some are useful, but you could easily end up with drawers full and cupboards bulging and still not have exactly what you need. I agree with Alton Brown and advocate multi-use items in my kitchen.

My favorite kitchen accessories that I consider essential are:

Food Processor
One of the most debated-on purchases, but I do use it regularly for cake batter, grating cheese, making rum balls (grinding/chopping vanilla wafers and pecans), shrimp burgers, black bean soup and more.

Immersion Blender (multi-functional)
I have a Braun immersion blender that has a separate chopper function and a whip attachment. I use it mainly for pureeing diced tomatoes for soup, and chopping small amounts of nuts for pies, etc.

Chef's Knives
It goes without saying how valuable a good chef's knife is. A sharp knife is an asset to every kitchen. I can slice potatoes thinner than my mandolin.

Food Saver vacuum sealer
I buy food on sale and vacuum seal it for the freezer. (More on this in another post.)

A good set of tongs (or three)
I have two spring-loaded tongs that latch closed when you're not using them. Plus I have a set of silicon tipped tongs that won't scratch my pans.

Vegetable peeler
Mainly used to peel carrots and potatoes, it is also useful for making vegetable shreds for salads or stir fry.

Wooden spoons and silicon spatulas
I use a lot of non-stick pots and pans, so these get used a lot in my kitchen.

Pizza stone and peel
I make homemade pizza every couple weeks and these are as essential as the ingredients themselves.

I use the breadboard for making my pizza dough. I will do a separate post on pizza making.

Waffle iron
I have had my waffle maker for nearly 30 years. I love waffles for breakfast or dinner. Add some bacon and it is a quick, easy meal that satisfies.

Pastry blender 
While I have used this for it's traditional use, my pastry blender is mostly used for making egg salad. It gives me the coarse texture I like, not mushy or big chunks.

Crockpot/Slow Cooker
This is an essential item in many kitchens, and one I don't utilize nearly enough. I keep saying I want to plan more crockpot meals, but the key word for me is planning. Right Laura?

Most of my gadgets are basic needs for every day cooking. As far as single-use gadgets go, I have an egg separator which I rarely use. I got rid of my garlic press because it didn't work well, and my knife does everything I need to do.

Calling all cooks, what are some of your must-haves in the kitchen? Do you have any specialty, single-use tools that you consider essential?

If you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts.


  1. Some of my fave kitchen items too especially my crockpot.

    1. A very useful gadget indeed, and one I should use more.

  2. Hi Linda … 1 and 2 yes … a sharp knife or two –yes … vacuum sealer no, bought tongs – never use them … veggie peeler yes … wooden spoons yes, yes, yes … pizza stone – no, breadboard yes … waffle iron no, pastry blender no …
    No microwave, no coffee maker and when I can find the toaster (as I don’t eat toast) I’ll use it .. but occasionally that once off useage has been dealt with another way .. into the oven! No crockpot …

    I have a few other things … that I rarely use … oh a prosecco stopper! I used to own loads – now not so many … and I worked in a kitchen shop – which was a delight to see all the goodies!

    Cheers – fun post ... hope you can make head or tail of my 'notes'! - Hilary

    1. My mom and I loved to browse through kitchen shops, and I still do but I don't buy much. I could use a prosecco stopper or one for any bubbly. You keep it simple but I suspect you have all you need and eat quite well.


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